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.
Northern Lights Arena is the only facility in Northeast Michigan to provides two first class, official NHL sized ice rinks within one building. Our state of the art primary rink provides seating for 1,200, an in-rink concession stand, six large, full service private locker rooms and an 1/8 mile rubberized running track.
Come experience a multitude of entertainment options, including, but not limited to; touring comedy acts, spine tingling rodeos, big circuit wrestling and womans roller derby. Spend some time visiting with high end dealers at one of our exclusive camping, trailer or boating expositions.
Northern Lights Arena is proudly the home for many local user groups, including a variety of hockey, figure skating and speed skating organizations. Please feel free to visit our Users Group Page to learn more. You just may find a great opportunity to join in and have fun!
The Old Presque Isle Lighthouse is one of the oldest surviving lighthouses on the Great Lakes. Built in 1840 by Jeremiah Moors of Detroit, the harbor light operated until 1871 when the keeper transferred to a new, taller, coastal lighthouse a mile to the north. Visitors can climb the hand-hewn stone steps of the thirty feet tall tower for a panoramic view of the Lake Huron shoreline and Presque Isle Harbor. The keeper’s dwelling serves as a hands-on museum. Here, visitors can blow foghorns and examine other interesting artifacts. They can also ring the bell from the Lansing City Hall clock tower and pose for the perfect photo opportunity with head and hands in an old set of stocks. The buildings and park grounds are open to the public daily, from 9am until 6pm, mid-May through mid-October. A nominal fee is charged for tower climbs.
Unique lagoon and barrier wetland on the shore of Lake Huron’s Thunder Bay. Walk over 1/4 mile of boardwalks that will take you out into this fresh water coastal marsh. Observe a variety of wetland creatures from three separate observation decks, each providing its own special view. Depending upon the season, migrating birds, wetland animals and a variety of plant life may be seen. An educational resource library and classroom are available for individuals, families and groups. A very knowledgeable staff is available by appointment to explain and guide you on your tour. The facility is now fenced and gated due to security, but tours are available (usually within 24 hours) May 1 through October 31. Admission is $1.00 adults, children under 12 free.
Cruise the Alpena Bi-Path or roll around Downtown Alpena in one of our stylish Adult Bikes and let the little ones tag along in our Girl’s and Boy’s bikes or trailers.
Explore the waterways of NE Michigan on one of our Stand Up Paddleboards. Off-site and extended duration rentals are available if you would like to take the boards out to your vacation cottage, the river, or keep them for a few days of family fun.
Skateboarders and rollerbladers can try their skills at these free parks. Located on Ninth Ave. east of the bridge, Riverside Skate Park features 15,000 square feet of surface with 14 ramps and elements, including a halfpipe. A smaller version of Riverside, Mich-E-Kewis Mini Skate Park is designed for the beginning skater with ramps 3-4 feet high. Safety equipment is recommended, and skating enthusiasts use at their own risk. For more information, call Direct Skate Shop at (989) 354-7758
The Nautical City is a quaint port town with charming streets, a beautiful harbor, and two distinguished museums. Spend an afternoon strolling the streets and grab a gourmet coffee before heading back to Alpena for the night.
Presque Isle County Historical Museum is one of the best small museums in Michigan. Under the direction of Curator Mark Thompson, the museum has received recognition from many sources, including the State of Michigan Historical Society. The museum is in the process of expanding. The current location is at 276 West Michigan Avenue, Rogers City, MI 49779. This is the site of the Bradley House–home of Carl D. Bradley, the founder of the Limestone Quarry and the Bradley fleet of Great Lakes freighters. The museum has acquired an adjoining property, located at 185 West Michigan. This location is under development, and it is planned to be open soon.
The Great Lakes Lore Maritime Museum is located at 367 North Third Street, Roger’s City, MI 49779. Under the direction of David Erickson, the Lore museum contains many nautical artifacts and detailed biographical records of the many sailors who have perished on the Great Lakes.
Both museums are must see destinations for everyone who visits Roger’s City.
STORCH SOCCER ACADEMY
Introductory Camp – ages 4 – 7 Monday 7/27 – Friday 7/31
10:00 am to 12 noon Cost = $60
This camp is designed for the beginning player. We will focus on a skill, or set of skills each day to be taught and practiced in a setting utilizing games and activities related to soccer. Players will be provided with size 3 or size 4 balls during each 2 hour session during the week.
Youth Camp – ages 8 – 12 Monday 7/27 – Friday 7/31
9:30 am to 12 noon Cost = $75
This camp is designed for the recreational player who wants to take their game to the next level. Daily skills will be focused upon in individual training and in small sided games. Players will be provided with size 4 or size 5 balls during each 2 ½ hour session during the week.
Premier Camp – ages 10 – 18 Monday 7/27 – Friday 7/31
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm Cost = $75
This camp is designed for the player who plays soccer at a competitive level on a travel team or high school team. Besides technical training, each player will be introduced to functional training by position and team tactics in small sided scrimmages. Players will be provided with size 4 or 5 balls during each 2 ½ hour session during the week.
Goalkeeper Camp – ages 8 – 18 Monday 7/27 – Friday 7/31
11:00 am to 1:00 pm Cost = $75
This camp is designed to help train the aspiring goalkeeper. Techniques specific to the position will be focused upon during each 2 hour session during the week. Size 4 or 5 balls will be provided, but each goalkeeper is advised to bring a long sleeve jersey and sweat pants for training sessions.
· Camp t-shirt included
· All camps will be held at Alpena HS. practice facility
Camp Philosophy – our staff will strive to teach, nurture, and perfect techniques necessary to be successful at any level in soccer. These skills will be developed through individual training, small sided games, and full scrimmage settings. Individual and team tactics will also be addressed.
Camp Staff – All camps will be directed by Alpena Varsity Boys & Girls coach Tim Storch. Storch has coached 9 of his teams to Michigan High School State Championships and was named the 2001 National HS Coach of the Year. He has also served on the State and Regional Olympic Development Coaching staff and was a former Division 1 college goalkeeper. Additionally, many top HS and Club coaches, as well as accomplished players, will be included in the staff.
Located 24 miles north of Alpena on US 23 North, this natural area encompasses 5,000 acres of sand dunes, upland and marsh. In Michigan, there are fewer than 50 remaining examples of “forested wet swale communities” of this quality. The area supports one of the largest known populations in the world of the federal and state-threatened dwarf lake iris, Michigan’s state wildflower. Thousands of iris shoots, and several other plant species of special concern grow in the area. Situated along seven and a half miles of Lake Huron shoreline, this undeveloped park provides a rustic retreat for hikers exploring the park’s six miles of trails. Park at the trail-head off of US-23.
One of the oldest light stations on Lake Huron is located on Thunder Bay Island Thunder Bay is the outermost island in a group of islands connected to the north point of Thunder Bay by a shallow bank of numerous rocks, most of which are submerged.
The light tower was first constructed in 1832 and was built to warn mariners of the dangerous reefs extending from the island Squatters were attracted to the federally-owned island and by 1845, a large fishing community thrived there. One hundred and sixty people lived on the island with thirty-one fishing boats harvesting twelve thousand barrels of fish each year.
Faced with government action to remove them from the island, the trespassers picked up their belongings and relocated to nearby Sugar Island, where they stayed for years. Access to the island is limited to the U S Coast Guard, U S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and members of the Thunder Bay Island Preservation Society. Contact the preservation society at (989) 356-6743.
The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary preserves a national treasure, nearly 200 historic shipwrecks in and around the bay. Lake Huron’s cold, fresh water preserves many of these shipwrecks intact and in water depths ranging from a few inches to 200 feet, making the sanctuary a popular destination for divers, snorkelers and kayakers. You can explore the history and archaeology of these wrecks at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, the Sanctuary’s 20,000 square foot river front headquarters. Exhibits on Great Lakes maritime history and shipwrecks include the new “Exploring the Shipwreck Century” exhibit, a 9,000 square ft. permanent exhibit where visitors can experience elements of a traditional maritime museum combined with a hands-on discovery center featuring life-sized recreations of an historic Great Lakes schooner and shipwreck sites, artifact displays, and interactive learning stations on technology and diving. Also featuring a sanctuary store, state of the art education spaces, high-definition theater, and archaeological conservation lab, the admission-free Center is a great destination and the best place to begin exploring Thunder Bay. Please call for current hours of operation. Wreck locations are available on our web site. While visiting Alpena, you may also want to explore the Thunder Bay Sanctuary Research Collection, one of the largest archival collections of Great Lakes maritime history in existence, located at the Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library. Please call for hours.
Hotel rooms, Whirlpool Suites, 2-bedroom Villas, 3-bedroom Chalets with kitchens, living rooms, decks overlooking golf course. Restaurant, Meeting Space, RV Park, Elk Viewing Carriage/Sleigh Ride Gourmet Dinner & Wine Tasting, Quilting & Scrapbooking Retreats.
Featuring challenging golf, deluxe condo-style lodging, attentive staff and our unique and memorable elk viewing sleigh/carriage ride and gourmet dinner. Par 73, 6,712 yds., slope 120 to 131. Carved from mature forests.
- Restaurant on site
- Meeting Facilities
- Breakfast available
- Near/On Snowmobile trails
- In Room Spa
- Open Year Round