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
Mysterious, remote and undeveloped, Negwegon State Park is a hidden treasure with 10 miles of hiking trails and one of the most beautiful beaches on Lake Huron. Drivers should be wary of the entry route to the park…part of it is a sandy two-track road. Negwegon is located on US-23 12 miles north of Harrisville. No services, no camping.
The Presque Isle Light Station includes three historic buildings. The light tower, which connects to a keeper’s dwelling, was built in 1870 and is the tallest lighthouse tower accessible by the public on the Great Lakes. An unattached keeper’s residence, constructed in 1905, has been painstakingly restored and now serves as a museum. The buildings are situated on a 99-acre township park featuring a playground, picnic area, pavilion and nature trails. The park is open to the public from mid-May to mid-October. A gift shop is located in the original keeper’s quarters. Visitors, for a nominal fee, may also climb the 130 steps to the top of the tower for a breathtaking view. The buildings and grounds are open mid-May through mid-October, from 9am until 6pm, daily. The 1905 House is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, 11am to 5pm, Tuesday through Saturday; 1pm to 5pm Sunday; closed Mondays. For more information, visit the township web site at http://www.presqueisletownship.org or call (989) 595-5419.
Northern Lights Arena is the only facility in Northeast Michigan to provides two first class, official NHL sized ice rinks within one building. Our state of the art primary rink provides seating for 1,200, an in-rink concession stand, six large, full service private locker rooms and an 1/8 mile rubberized running track.
Come experience a multitude of entertainment options, including, but not limited to; touring comedy acts, spine tingling rodeos, big circuit wrestling and womans roller derby. Spend some time visiting with high end dealers at one of our exclusive camping, trailer or boating expositions.
Northern Lights Arena is proudly the home for many local user groups, including a variety of hockey, figure skating and speed skating organizations. Please feel free to visit our Users Group Page to learn more. You just may find a great opportunity to join in and have fun!
The Old Presque Isle Lighthouse is one of the oldest surviving lighthouses on the Great Lakes. Built in 1840 by Jeremiah Moors of Detroit, the harbor light operated until 1871 when the keeper transferred to a new, taller, coastal lighthouse a mile to the north. Visitors can climb the hand-hewn stone steps of the thirty feet tall tower for a panoramic view of the Lake Huron shoreline and Presque Isle Harbor. The keeper’s dwelling serves as a hands-on museum. Here, visitors can blow foghorns and examine other interesting artifacts. They can also ring the bell from the Lansing City Hall clock tower and pose for the perfect photo opportunity with head and hands in an old set of stocks. The buildings and park grounds are open to the public daily, from 9am until 6pm, mid-May through mid-October. A nominal fee is charged for tower climbs.
Unique lagoon and barrier wetland on the shore of Lake Huron’s Thunder Bay. Walk over 1/4 mile of boardwalks that will take you out into this fresh water coastal marsh. Observe a variety of wetland creatures from three separate observation decks, each providing its own special view. Depending upon the season, migrating birds, wetland animals and a variety of plant life may be seen. An educational resource library and classroom are available for individuals, families and groups. A very knowledgeable staff is available by appointment to explain and guide you on your tour. The facility is now fenced and gated due to security, but tours are available (usually within 24 hours) May 1 through October 31. Admission is $1.00 adults, children under 12 free.
Cruise the Alpena Bi-Path or roll around Downtown Alpena in one of our stylish Adult Bikes and let the little ones tag along in our Girl’s and Boy’s bikes or trailers.
Explore the waterways of NE Michigan on one of our Stand Up Paddleboards. Off-site and extended duration rentals are available if you would like to take the boards out to your vacation cottage, the river, or keep them for a few days of family fun.
Skateboarders and rollerbladers can try their skills at these free parks. 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. A smaller version of Riverside, Mich-E-Kewis Mini Skate Park is designed for the beginning skater with ramps 3-4 feet high. Safety equipment is recommended, and skating enthusiasts use at their own risk. For more information, call Direct Skate Shop at (989) 354-7758
The Nautical City is a quaint port town with charming streets, a beautiful harbor, and two distinguished museums. Spend an afternoon strolling the streets and grab a gourmet coffee before heading back to Alpena for the night.
Presque Isle County Historical Museum is one of the best small museums in Michigan. Under the direction of Curator Mark Thompson, the museum has received recognition from many sources, including the State of Michigan Historical Society. The museum is in the process of expanding. The current location is at 276 West Michigan Avenue, Rogers City, MI 49779. This is the site of the Bradley House–home of Carl D. Bradley, the founder of the Limestone Quarry and the Bradley fleet of Great Lakes freighters. The museum has acquired an adjoining property, located at 185 West Michigan. This location is under development, and it is planned to be open soon.
The Great Lakes Lore Maritime Museum is located at 367 North Third Street, Roger’s City, MI 49779. Under the direction of David Erickson, the Lore museum contains many nautical artifacts and detailed biographical records of the many sailors who have perished on the Great Lakes.
Both museums are must see destinations for everyone who visits Roger’s City.
STORCH SOCCER ACADEMY
Introductory Camp – ages 4 – 7 Monday 7/27 – Friday 7/31
10:00 am to 12 noon Cost = $60
This camp is designed for the beginning player. We will focus on a skill, or set of skills each day to be taught and practiced in a setting utilizing games and activities related to soccer. Players will be provided with size 3 or size 4 balls during each 2 hour session during the week.
Youth Camp – ages 8 – 12 Monday 7/27 – Friday 7/31
9:30 am to 12 noon Cost = $75
This camp is designed for the recreational player who wants to take their game to the next level. Daily skills will be focused upon in individual training and in small sided games. Players will be provided with size 4 or size 5 balls during each 2 ½ hour session during the week.
Premier Camp – ages 10 – 18 Monday 7/27 – Friday 7/31
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm Cost = $75
This camp is designed for the player who plays soccer at a competitive level on a travel team or high school team. Besides technical training, each player will be introduced to functional training by position and team tactics in small sided scrimmages. Players will be provided with size 4 or 5 balls during each 2 ½ hour session during the week.
Goalkeeper Camp – ages 8 – 18 Monday 7/27 – Friday 7/31
11:00 am to 1:00 pm Cost = $75
This camp is designed to help train the aspiring goalkeeper. Techniques specific to the position will be focused upon during each 2 hour session during the week. Size 4 or 5 balls will be provided, but each goalkeeper is advised to bring a long sleeve jersey and sweat pants for training sessions.
· Camp t-shirt included
· All camps will be held at Alpena HS. practice facility
Camp Philosophy – our staff will strive to teach, nurture, and perfect techniques necessary to be successful at any level in soccer. These skills will be developed through individual training, small sided games, and full scrimmage settings. Individual and team tactics will also be addressed.
Camp Staff – All camps will be directed by Alpena Varsity Boys & Girls coach Tim Storch. Storch has coached 9 of his teams to Michigan High School State Championships and was named the 2001 National HS Coach of the Year. He has also served on the State and Regional Olympic Development Coaching staff and was a former Division 1 college goalkeeper. Additionally, many top HS and Club coaches, as well as accomplished players, will be included in the staff.
Located 24 miles north of Alpena on US 23 North, this natural area encompasses 5,000 acres of sand dunes, upland and marsh. In Michigan, there are fewer than 50 remaining examples of “forested wet swale communities” of this quality. The area supports one of the largest known populations in the world of the federal and state-threatened dwarf lake iris, Michigan’s state wildflower. Thousands of iris shoots, and several other plant species of special concern grow in the area. Situated along seven and a half miles of Lake Huron shoreline, this undeveloped park provides a rustic retreat for hikers exploring the park’s six miles of trails. Park at the trail-head off of US-23.