Adventures On Land
Biking & Skating
Everyone from road cyclists, trail bikers, and afternoon cruisers will enjoy adventuring through the area on their favorite two-wheeler of choice. Recreational trails offer rugged terrain for beginner to advanced mountain bike riders. Winding country roads provide smooth surfaces for road cyclists, and Alpena’s 18 ½ mile Bi-Path takes pleasure bikers on a tranquil loop throughout the city.
Riverside Skate Park
Skateboarders and rollerbladers can try their skills at this free park. 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 and a Mini Skate Park designed for the beginning skater with ramps 3-4 feet high. Safety equipment is recommended, and skating enthusiasts use at their own risk.
Alpena Bike Park
This new park is for BMX bikes only. The Alpena Bike Park is located at Mich-E-Ke-Wis Park off of State Street. It consists of quarterpipes, a jump box and a grind box. Safety equipment is recommended, and bikers use at their own risk. The park is free and is open from dawn until dusk.
Geocaching is an entertaining adventure game for GPS users. Pronounced geo-cashing, it is the sport of treasure hunting using a Global Positioning Unit instead of a map. There are many caches hidden in the Alpena area and a regional organization meets regularly and hosts events.
The Northern Michigan Geocachers main objective is coming together in order to socialize in a family friendly atmosphere, discuss our activities, plan and execute various larger events, promote the educational benefits associated with geocaching, contribute group volunteerism in our communities, forests and recreational areas, as well as increasing traffic at our caches. Our activities are organized through our regular meetings, in our online c hat, and in our forum.
YOUR CUSTOM ADVENTURE SPECIALISTS
Being in the adventure business for 30 years give us an edge to create a personalized adventure just for you and your group. We use all that Northeast Michigan has to offer from its lakes, rivers, streams, and trails. We offer kayak rentals, overnight kayak/camping adventure, family shipwreck snorkeling adventure, shipwreck diving, sinkhole hiking adventures and lighthouse tours. We have a customized adventure for all ages. We are a 100% customer service first company. kayak rentals
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Capt, Paul LaBrecque is a 25 year USCG certified 100 ton Master of the Great Lakes and Oceans. He is a commercial diver, dive charter operator, and rescue salvage operator. He is also certified CPR, first aid, AED, and oxygen administrator.
Approximately 18.5 miles long, this urban jewel paved path travels in a main loop around the City of Alpena. Several of Alpena’s scenic city parks and beaches along the Thunder Bay River and Lake Huron can be accessed via connector spurs and streets from the main trail. Parking, dining, shopping, and sightseeing is available at several sites along the path. With almost no elevation changes, this is an excellent trail for all users for a beautiful tour of the city by foot, rollerblade, or bike.
The APlex (Alpena Events Complex) is an amazing facility with lots to offer. The APlex is host to gymnastics, karate, yoga, volleyball,table tennis, and the APlex Fitness Center. Connected to the APlex is the APlex Tennis Center. The APlex Tennis Center offers pickleball, tennis lessons, leagues, mixers and much more.
The APlex, is also community-minded! Their goal as Alpena’s community center is to engage people from our region. They do this by offering activities, events or opportunities that appeal to a cross-section of the residents of northeast Michigan.
The APlex (Alpena Events Complex) is a beautiful facility that can accommodate up to 650 people for the grandest of banquet functions. The APlex boasts a total of five meeting rooms – large and small – for break-out sessions, executive conferences, conventional business meetings and more. They feature The Interlude on Woodward Ballroom as the perfect fit, complete with the most advanced audio/visual equipment.
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We have the gear to help you get outdoors and enjoy some of the amazing things Alpena has to offer. Stop by our Duck Park location to check out our fleet of stylish beach Cruiser Bikes or try your hand at Stand Up Paddleboarding! Or if you’re looking to relax take a Kayak or Canoe paddle on the serene Thunder Bay River and rent one of these paddle-powered craft.
The Performance Locker staff knows the Alpena area well and can offer suggestions to help guide your adventure and exploration. Our trained staff will make sure you are set up with the right equipment and will provide any instruction necessary to maximize your enjoyment. Our mission is to help you get into nature!
Save time by booking your rental online here or stop in during any of our open hours and we will get you up and rolling. Interested in an early morning paddle on nice calm waters; or, want to take a SUP to your cottage? Off-hour and multi-day rentals are available by appointment. SUP Snorkel Excursions to Thunder Bay’s shallow shipwrecks also available by appointment. Call or email us at email@example.com for info and to book.
Alpena’s newest fitness club is dedicated to improving health and inspiring life. Located in Alpena Regional Medical Center’s new HealthPlex, Bay Athletic Club (BAC), offers group exercise classes, Women’s Express (30-minute circuit), personal training, massage therapy and more! BAC also offers member day care services and the Sunprint Café – their own juice and coffee bar. For more information, call or visit web site.
Besser Natural Area & Ghost Village of Bell
Located just 14 miles north of Alpena. Take US-23 North to East Grand Lake Road. Turn Right onto Besser Bell Road. Look for DNR signs.
This serene one-mile foot trail leads through an area formerly inhabited by the people of the Village of Bell. Some remains of buildings, a virgin stand of white pine trees, a lagoon and beautiful beach. The shipwreck, Portland, lies just off the coast to the north near Bell Bay.
GPS: 45.18231, -83.71981, near the corner of Leer Rd. and Maple Lane Rd., approx. 20 minutes from Alpena
The 2.5-acre Bruski Sink is located off Leer Rd near the intersection of Maple Lane Rd. Carefully walk the southern edge of Bruski Sink. This sink was used as an unauthorized dumpsite (as many sinkholes were in previous decades) prior to 1999 when it’s clean up began. A 75 ft. crane donated by Moran Iron Works lowered dumpsters into this sink to facilitate the removal of cars, refrigerators, rusting containers of motor oil, and rusting farm machinery from the sides and bottom. This sink increased in depth from 85 ft. to 115 ft. after the removal of the debris during a nine year cleanup process. The debris removal reduced the risk of further underground water contamination and allows visitors a more visual perspective of the width and depth of this sink.
More information is available at the Alpena Visitor Welcome Center located at 420 N. Second Ave., Alpena, MI 49707
Chippewa Hills Pathway
20 miles s.w. of Alpena, corner of Nicholson Hill & Kissau Rd.
Over 14-miles of wide and single-track trails wind through heavily wooded acreage with hilly elevation changes. This DNR Pathway is groomed by Thunder Bay Trails Association for the enjoyment of all. Map markers are located throughout the trail system.
- Cross-country ski (groomed when snowfall permits)
- Horseback riding
- Nature viewing
- Bird watching
- Mushroom picking
ACES Academy offers a nine-hole disc golf course on campus that is free to the public. Disc golf is played like “ball golf” except you throw a special disc. Holes are replaced by baskets and chains. The course is well marked and rules and information on how to play are posted at the entrance, which is located in the front parking lot of the school. Discs can be purchased at Direct Skate Shop in Alpena.
El Cajon Bay Underwater Sinkhole
GPS: 45.08629, -83.31786,
Karst geology features are prominent in and around the El Cajon Bay of Lake Huron. Earth cracks are common around the bedrock north and west rim of the bay. A large sinkhole in the bay is the outlet of an underground stream. Water discharge from the outlet empties into Lake Huron and, due to the constant flow and warmer temperature of water, the sinkhole never freezes over. When water levels in Lake Huron are high, the El Cajon sinkhole is submerged, but still visible on aerial photos. During low water levels like recent years, one can walk up to the edge of the sinkhole. The sinkhole discharge water has a different chemical composition than surface water of the bay and has a noticeable sulfur-like aroma. The property has excellent examples of untouched northern ferns and is a stronghold for the State’s wildflower, the Dwarf Lake Iris, which blooms in mid-May.
More information is available at the Alpena Visitor Welcome Center located at 420 N. Second Ave, Alpena, MI 49707
Biking is one of the best ways to explore Alpena! Plan your adventure with the Friends of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary! We offer a great selection of Raleigh bikes for men, women and children as well as Burley child trailers and tag-alongs. Explore the Maritime Heritage Trail, the 16.5 mile long Alpena Bi-Path or grab a map and head out on a number of self-guided tours. Bikes are available seven days a week on a first-come, first-served basis. All rentals require a security deposit. For your safety, please wear a helmet – provided with your rental – and obey the rules of the road. For information on availability and selection, contact the Sanctuary Store at (989) 356-8805, ext. 18.
Geocaching is an entertaining adventure game for GPS users. Pronounced geo-cashing, it is the sport of treasure hunting using a Global Positioning Unit instead of a map. There are many caches hidden in the Alpena area and a regional organization meets regularly and hosts events. For more information, visit their web site.