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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Negwegon State Park

Off US-23, 20 miles south of Alpena Harrisville Michigan 48740 Alt Phone: (989) 724-5126 Website:
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Neiman’s Family Market

2205 US 23 South, Suite 144 Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: (989) 356-4720
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NEST – Northeast Michigan State Trail

Home Woodward Avenue, Alpena
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New Presque Isle Lighthouse

4500 E. Grand Lake Rd Presque Isle Michigan 49777 Alt Phone: (989) 595-9917 Website:

New Waves Salon

3303 W. Washington Ste. 12 (Crossroads Plaza) Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: (989) 354-8307
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Nick’s Southside Diner

3023 U.S. 23 South Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: (989) 358-1955
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North Coney Island

2668 U.S. 23 South Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: (989) 354-2315
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Northern Drifters Guide Service

Home Alpena MI 49707 Phone: 989-657-0030
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Northern Lights Arena

751 Woodward Avenue Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: (989) 358-0652 FAX: (989) 354-4231 Website:
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Norway Ridge Pathway Trails

Home Norway Ridge Pathway, Werth Road, Alpena
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Nowicki’s Sausage Shoppe

1224 North Second Avenue Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: (989) 354-2219 Website:

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