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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Pace & Hong Auctions

612 S. Ripley Blvd. Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: (989) 727-0011 Website:
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Pappy’s Pub

6449 M-65 South Lachine Michigan 49753 Alt Phone: (989) 379-6037

Partridge Point Wetland

1175 N. Partridge Point Rd. Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: 989-356-4812 Website:

Paul Bunyan Family Campground

Home 2498 East Hubert Road Spruce MI Alt Phone: (989) 471-2921 Messenger: @sprucepaulbunyan
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Perch’s IGA

1025 US 23 North Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: (989) 354-4012
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Performance Locker

Home 1302 South State Avenue Alpena MI 49707 Phone: 989-884-1702 Website:
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Pizza Hut of Alpena

2181 U.S. 23 South Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: (989) 356-6655 Website:
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Portage Restaurant

5529 E. Grand Lake Rd. Presque Isle Michigan 49777 Alt Phone: (989) 595-6051
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Presque Isle Lodge-A Bed and Breakfast Inn

8211 Grand Lake Rd Presque Isle Michigan 49777 Phone: (989) 595-6970 Website:
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Presque Isle Resort

16430 Long Lake Hwy. Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: (248) 982-1338 Website:

Pura Vida Salon

140 S. Ripley St. Alpena Michigan 49707 Alt Phone: (989) 340-1430

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