If your dog loves a nice shoreline that is as dog-friendly as it is beautiful, he'll feel right at home in East Tawas, Michigan. The city of East Tawas is neighbors with its sister city -- Tawas City -- and shares Lake Huron and Tawas Bay with the city. Having the water so close makes this Michigan community a "Tail of Two Cities!" The part of the city facing the water has the relaxed lake beach vibe, while downtown East Tawas preserves the small-town charm! Fido knows that, no matter where you are in East Tawas, it's going to be a pet-friendly party!
Dog owners love living in East Tawas! There's a veterinarian hospital in both East Tawas and its neighboring sister city. Also keeping pet owners happy is the pet groomer, 5 city parks, and pet shop you'll find right within the town limits! If you head down into the Tawas Beach community, you'll find a dog beach there where Fido can take his leash off for some "fetching" exercise. If you guys get hungry, there are two dog-friendly restaurants where Fido can join you for your meal in the outside seating area. Whether you're in the mood for burgers or pizza, there's a spot for you and Fido here!
Does your dog appreciate the sun during the warm months of the summertime? Living up north can be "ruff" sometimes, but when the weather's nice, you and Fido can head over to the Franklin neighborhood, where you'll find the Dewey Durant Park. Durant Park is off Franklin Street. The park has a covered pavilion for picnics, 3 softball fields, 2 tennis courts, and 8 professional horse pits. There's plenty of play area for walking and playing with your dog. Also, any fishers will be happy to know there's a fishing pond where you and Fido can fish for Bluegill Sunfish or Freshwater Bass. Don't forget the leash!
Does your dog like introspective walks by the water? If you live in the East Bay neighborhood, you and Fido can visit Lake Solitude, which empties out into the larger Tawas Bay. The lake has great fishing as well as a mysterious legend about the ghost of a French explorer still haunting the waters of Lake Solitude. Don't worry, Fido will protect you! After a stroll around the lake, you can head over to G's Pizzeria & Deli for a pet-friendly meal with Fido. Try the Mac 'n Cheeza or the Spicy Italian pizza! The restaurant has gluten-free items and salad too — meals fit for all dog-owning "foodies!"
Does Fido love to hop in the boat and stick his tongue out in the lake wind? Even if you don't own a boat, you can rent one at Jerry's Marina in the Waters Edge neighborhood. The marina houses power and sailboats on land and in the lake water. The boat ramp launches off into Tawas Bay. Even if your dog's not a sailor, it's a lovely place for a stroll! On the other side of the Waters Edge neighborhood, you'll find the east coast, which overlooks Lake Huron — another beautiful place for a walk with Fido. Your dog will howl at the beauty of the view!
Does your dog love to splash and frolic in the water at the beach? If you live in the Parkside neighborhood, you can visit the East Tawas Dog Beach! Fido is more than welcome to take his leash off and play in the shallow waters — 12 to 18 inches deep — and relax with other local pups visiting the beach. Pack sunscreen and your swimsuit! There are about 1,000 yards of water for Fido to swim. Depending on the tide, the water can rise pretty high, so sometimes the sandy part of the beach is small. Fido will have a great time either way!
Does your dog like trailblaze through hiking paths with water views? If you live further south, in the Tawas Beach neighborhood, you and Fido can visit Tawas Point. This spot is lovingly dubbed the "Cape Cod of the Midwest," so you know the sights are worth the hike! The trails run through sandy beaches with reeds and beach grasses on either side. Depending on the time of the year, the trails can be waterlogged, so make sure your dog's okay with getting wet! The water is shallow and usually warm, especially during the summer months. Pack up the leash and swimsuit and head out to Tawas Beach!