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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Oakapiney Beach Cottages

9611 U.S. 23 South Ossineke Michigan 49766 Alt Phone: (734) 395-5583 Phone: (989) 471-2489 Website:
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Ocqueoc Falls

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Old Presque Isle Lighthouse

5295 E. Grand Lake Rd Presque Isle Michigan 49777 Alt Phone: (989) 595-6979 Website:
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Olivet Books & Gifts

100 North Second Ave. Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: (989) 354-3331
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Ossineke State Forest Campground

15 miles south of Alpena on U.S. 23 Ossineke Michigan 49766 Alt Phone: 989-734-2543
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Owl Restaurant

121 W. Chisholm St. Alpena MI 49707 U.S.A. Alt Phone: 989-340-1082

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