The 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
Brush Creek Mill was constructed on a site where previous mills once stood. Built on the banks of the Thunder Bay River, it was named for Brush Creek, which meets the river, flowing from Atlanta to Alpena. The mill demonstrates the power of moving water with a 22’ stainless steel water wheel, capable of grinding corn and wheat. The mill features a museum, meeting room/classroom and gift store featuring handmade crafts made by local artists and crafters. A wide variety of classes are offered including jewelry making, acrylic painting, fly tying, computer classes and more. The mill is open Memorial Day through mid-October. Hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays 11 am – 3 pm and Sundays noon until 3 pm. Closed on Mondays. Tours are available for groups.
Located on beautiful Thunder Bay River and Lake Wynah. Fantastic Lake Huron diving area, fishing charters, many nearby golf courses, and good old town shopping. SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE.
Waterfront sites, shaded sites, canoe and kayak trips, miniature golf, horseshoes, shuffleboard, basketball, volleyball, excellent fishing. Clean Modern Restrooms, Dumpstation and LP Gas.
Features life-size reproductions of over 25 prehistoric birds and animals, and an 80′ long 60,000 pound Brontosaurus, an 18-hole mini-golf course, and a snack bar. Set on a 40-acre tract of land split by Devil’s River. Special rates available for school groups in the spring. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., 7 days a week. Open 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Weekends in September after Labor Day.
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.
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.
We offer recreational and extended range wreck diving opportunities from Alpena to Whitefish Point. Full-service dive shop, sales, repair, air, nitrox, rentals and classes.
New Alpena location – 400 Cedar – phone 989-916-9990. Across from the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Fletcher Pond is Michigan’s 11th largest inland lake, 9000 acres of pure fish habitat and home to one of the largest concentrations of Northern Pike, Large Mouth Bass and pan fish in the State. Jacks Landing – the original landing of the flood waters – offers a complete array of lodging, camping and services to make for an enjoyable getaway. We offer twenty 14-foot Lund Fishing Boats with 6 horse power motors and three 18-foot pontoon boats with 25 horse power motors. Call for more information and discover Fletcher Pond today!
Jack’s Landing offers secure monthly and yearly outdoor storage for boats and RVs. Call for details!
Considering ice fishing this winter? Why go anywhere but Fletcher Pond? Rent one of our 4 x 8 propane heated ice shanties and fish in comfort! Whether you are an avid fisherman or want to introduce your family to ice fishing, this is a great winter activity.
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Outdoor adventure at it’s best! Unlike laser tag, participants divide into teams and conduct military-style “missions”…it’s like playing a real live video game! Mission Director briefs each mission’s objectives, conditions of victory and basic strategy hints. Game lasts approximately 3 hours and includes five to eight missions. Chose from several distinct settings or private booking in setting of your choice. Great activity for a group of friends, organizational activity, family reunion, birthday party, or company team building. Are you ready for the challenge? Visit our web site or call.
Alpena Community College offers a forty acre, eighteen-hole, disc golf course that is free and open to the public. Lumberjack Meadows is located on Woodward Avenue, approximately one-half mile northeast of the railroad tracks and soccer fields. Discs are available for purchase at Direct Skate Shop, 835 W. Chisholm Street in Alpena.
Middle Island Light Station is located in Lake Huron, halfway between Thunder Bay Island and Presque Isle. There are seven buildings on the island, including a light tower, Keepers Quarters, an Oil House, Tool Garage, a Fog Horn building and two brick privies. The conical brick tower stands 77 feet tall. The Lighthouse is white with an orange band in the middle. It’s light is 78 feet above low water and can be seen for 17 miles.