VISIT THE "THUMB"! Nestled on the shores of beautiful Lake Huron, the area encompasses northern Huron County with its 90 miles of shoreline. Port Austin and the surrounding areas are quiet and picturesque, enhanced by the beauty of the lake, wooded areas and rolling farmlands. Because of its unique location, the area offers spectacular sunsets and equally beautiful sunrises over the water. Opportunities abound to enjoy the many outdoor activities that the lake and local beaches have to offer.
To the west of the Village of Port Austin, beyond Oak Beach, is an area of numerous parks, beaches and recreational facilities. To the east are many historic areas-from Grindstone City and harbor, to the restored lumber town of Huron City, now a museum, to Lighthouse Park featuring historic Pointe Aux Barques lighthouse.
Hundreds of businesses and recreational activities await the visitor to this unique area all year long. You won't run out of things to do!
A variety of outdoor activities abound in the summer including golf, horseback riding, miniature golf, go-carts, hiking and bird watching. A number of area parks, including county and state facilities with sand beaches, dot the shoreline. Many have boardwalks, gazebos and picnic areas.
Fishing, boating, diving, swimming, water skiing, canoeing and anything else having to do with the water are enjoyed by thousands every year. Boat launching sites at Port Austin and Grindstone Harbors as well as public access launching sites are scattered along the coast. Boaters will find a first class harbor of refuge at the Port Austin State Dock, located just steps from downtown shops, restaurants and activities. Charter fishing out of the Port Austin and Grindstone City area is excellent and is rated #1 in the Great Lakes for number of fish caught!!!
The area landscape virtually explodes with color in the fall. Take in more fishing and golfing as well as hunting. In the winter there is cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing. Spring brings art shows, the annual car show and the Lady's Slipper Festival at the Huron Nature Center along with a rebirth of nature all around the "Thumb."
The area has received state and national recognition for its great restaurants. Unique shopping experiences await the gift and souvenir hunters in area stores. The Village is home to a community theatre with shows year-round, an arts guild and many historical homes and buildings.
The sunsets are spectacular all year long-it's a great family vacation spot-come visit us soon!