Sanctuary of the great lakes


paul gerow fall kayakingThe carefree days of your youth are alive and well in Alpena. Catching fireflies on warm summer evenings, searching for minnows with a net, reading a book under a shade tree, and watching the sunset while crickets provide background music are nostalgic experiences that we often wish we could relive. Alpena is that place where summer memories come alive as an everyday way of life, and stress floats away with the river current. Visit a downtown coffee shop to catch up on email, or disconnect to reconnect in the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes.

The Great Lakes are a gift from prehistoric glacier movement, and treasures have been left behind along the shores of Lake Huron and the many inland lakes and rivers. Hunt for fossils dating back 400 million years to the Devonian Period. Rocky edges along the shorelines, Rockport State Park Recreation Area, and the Lafarge Fossil Park at Besser Museum are perfect locations for an afternoon of prehistoric adventure. Follow it up with a trip to Dinosaur Gardens to see life-size prehistoric recreations.

Use our Adventure Checklist to find your explorer’s spirit: Sanctuary of the Great Lakes Adventure Checklist

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Garant’s Office Supply & Printing

117 West Washington Ave. Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: (989) 356-3930
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Gary’s Shoe Service

300 West Chisholm St. Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: (989) 340-1470

Gaslight Media

120 E. Lake Street Petoskey Michigan 49770 Phone: (877) 427-5444 Alt Phone: (231) 487-0692 FAX: (231) 487-0313 Website:
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595 South Ripley Blvd. Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: (989) 354-8875
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Glitz and Glamour Bridal & Gifts

2219 U.S. 23 South Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: (989) 358-2743
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Grand China Buffet

2270 U.S. 23 South Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: (989) 358-8889
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Grand Lake Lakefront Home

19660 Evergreen Rd. Presque Isle Michigan 49777 Phone: (586) 604-4241
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Grand Sunrise – Lakefront Family Home

Home Presque Isle MI 49777 Phone: (989) 464-2005
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Great Lakes Divers

400 Cedar St. Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: (989) 916-9990 Website:

Alpena Convention & Visitors Bureau
420 N. 2nd Ave. • Alpena, MI 49707
(989) 340-2288
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