Walk with dinosaurs, sail through a Great Lakes storm, paddle in a kayak, or snowshoe the backcountry. Whatever the season, there are always things to see and do in the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes.
Features life-size reproductions of over 25 prehistoric birds and animals, and an 80′ long 60,000 pound Brontosaurus, an 18-hole mini-golf course, and a snack bar. Set on a 40-acre tract of land split by Devil’s River. Special rates available for school groups in the spring. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., 7 days a week. Open 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Weekends in September after Labor Day.
ACES Academy offers a nine-hole disc golf course on campus that is free to the public. Disc golf is played like “ball golf” except you throw a special disc. Holes are replaced by baskets and chains. The course is well marked and rules and information on how to play are posted at the entrance, which is located in the front parking lot of the school. Discs can be purchased at Direct Skate Shop in Alpena.
Biking is one of the best ways to explore Alpena! Plan your adventure with the Friends of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary! We offer a great selection of Raleigh bikes for men, women and children as well as Burley child trailers and tag-alongs. Explore the Maritime Heritage Trail, the 16.5 mile long Alpena Bi-Path or grab a map and head out on a number of self-guided tours. Bikes are available seven days a week on a first-come, first-served basis. All rentals require a security deposit. For your safety, please wear a helmet – provided with your rental – and obey the rules of the road. For information on availability and selection, contact the Sanctuary Store at (989) 356-8805, ext. 18.
Geocaching is an entertaining adventure game for GPS users. Pronounced geo-cashing, it is the sport of treasure hunting using a Global Positioning Unit instead of a map. There are many caches hidden in the Alpena area and a regional organization meets regularly and hosts events. For more information, visit their web site.
We offer recreational and extended range wreck diving opportunities from Alpena to Whitefish Point. Full-service dive shop, sales, repair, air, nitrox, rentals and classes.
New Alpena location – 400 Cedar – phone 989-916-9990. Across from the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Fletcher Pond is Michigan’s 11th largest inland lake, 9000 acres of pure fish habitat and home to one of the largest concentrations of Northern Pike, Large Mouth Bass and pan fish in the State. Jacks Landing – the original landing of the flood waters – offers a complete array of lodging, camping and services to make for an enjoyable getaway. We offer twenty 14-foot Lund Fishing Boats with 6 horse power motors and three 18-foot pontoon boats with 25 horse power motors. Call for more information and discover Fletcher Pond today!
Jack’s Landing offers secure monthly and yearly outdoor storage for boats and RVs. Call for details!
Considering ice fishing this winter? Why go anywhere but Fletcher Pond? Rent one of our 4 x 8 propane heated ice shanties and fish in comfort! Whether you are an avid fisherman or want to introduce your family to ice fishing, this is a great winter activity.
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Outdoor adventure at it’s best! Unlike laser tag, participants divide into teams and conduct military-style “missions”…it’s like playing a real live video game! Mission Director briefs each mission’s objectives, conditions of victory and basic strategy hints. Game lasts approximately 3 hours and includes five to eight missions. Chose from several distinct settings or private booking in setting of your choice. Great activity for a group of friends, organizational activity, family reunion, birthday party, or company team building. Are you ready for the challenge? Visit our web site or call.
Alpena Community College offers a forty acre, eighteen-hole, disc golf course that is free and open to the public. Lumberjack Meadows is located on Woodward Avenue, approximately one-half mile northeast of the railroad tracks and soccer fields. Discs are available for purchase at Direct Skate Shop, 835 W. Chisholm Street in Alpena.
Middle Island Light Station is located in Lake Huron, halfway between Thunder Bay Island and Presque Isle. There are seven buildings on the island, including a light tower, Keepers Quarters, an Oil House, Tool Garage, a Fog Horn building and two brick privies. The conical brick tower stands 77 feet tall. The Lighthouse is white with an orange band in the middle. It’s light is 78 feet above low water and can be seen for 17 miles.
Mysterious, remote and undeveloped, Negwegon State Park is a hidden treasure with 10 miles of hiking trails and one of the most beautiful beaches on Lake Huron. Drivers should be wary of the entry route to the park…part of it is a sandy two-track road. Negwegon is located on US-23 12 miles north of Harrisville. No services, no camping.
The Presque Isle Light Station includes three historic buildings. The light tower, which connects to a keeper’s dwelling, was built in 1870 and is the tallest lighthouse tower accessible by the public on the Great Lakes. An unattached keeper’s residence, constructed in 1905, has been painstakingly restored and now serves as a museum. The buildings are situated on a 99-acre township park featuring a playground, picnic area, pavilion and nature trails. The park is open to the public from mid-May to mid-October. A gift shop is located in the original keeper’s quarters. Visitors, for a nominal fee, may also climb the 130 steps to the top of the tower for a breathtaking view. The buildings and grounds are open mid-May through mid-October, from 9am until 6pm, daily. The 1905 House is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, 11am to 5pm, Tuesday through Saturday; 1pm to 5pm Sunday; closed Mondays. For more information, visit the township web site at http://www.presqueisletownship.org or call (989) 595-5419.