Port Austin: spectacular sunrises meet the sunsets as they grace this small village on the geographical tip of Michigan’s “Thumb” where the crystalline waves of Lake Huron bathe sandy beaches and unique rock formations. Quality shops, accommodations, and restaurants await the visitor without losing that “small town” ambiance.

The Port Austin area is a photographer’s paradise with migrating birds, wildlife, picturesque farms, and winter ice formations on Lake Huron. Several public accesses are available for unequaled bass fishing and many charter boats for salmon and lake trout.

An underwater park of 19th century shipwrecks can be viewed by divers and snorkelers. Golf courses, cross country ski trails, and public hunting areas are intertwined within nature’s beauty.

This quaint village boasts one of the largest Farmers Market in the state. Lighthouses, festivals, a 1/2 mile walk along the break wall, kayaking, canoeing, horseback riding and much more await the visitor to this undiscovered jewel.

Highlights of a trip to Port Austin include:

  • Walk on the half-mile long breakwater
  • A kayaking adventure to see Turnip Rock and other rock formations
  • A trip to the Pointe Aux Barques Lighthouse Museum
  • Exploring the Huron City Museums and Port Austin History Center
  • A visit to one of the largest Farmers Markets in Michigan

Annual festivals and special events include:

  • Annual Lady’s Slipper Festival
  • Thumb Artists Studio Tour
  • Kayak Symposium & Rendezvous
  • Annual Kinde Polka Fest
  • Carfest

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Exploring by land trail or waterway is a great way to discover Michigan’s thumb region! There are hundreds of hiking trails and water ways to travel along and the Discover the Blue shoreline communities are taking part in a regional initiative to make these more user –friendly. Through the Trail Towns initiative, communities are working together to support and provide physical amenities such as accessible kayak launches, informative signage, maps and restrooms for bicyclists and paddlers. In addition, local businesses are supporting these recreational amenities by providing pertinent goods and services such as kayak and bike rentals, gear and discounts on overnight accommodations and restaurants.

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