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.
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
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.
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
The unique setting of these cottages on Long Lake provide the respite from wind and waves in the serene little Brother’s Bay. A short trip East on the lake and you are at the “Sandies” the all sand bottom clear water swimming hang out. Some of the best perch fishing is right at the mouth of the bay and many other good spots are a short boat ride away. They have the most spectacular sunrises directly across the lake, if you can wake yourself from the quiet restful sleep to see it. Come share the beauty of Long Lake with them this Summer.
The property features two 2 bedroom vintage log cottages, 235 feet of shore line, two docks, a sandy beach area, picnic tables, grills, fire pits, kayaks, paddle boat and plenty of room on the grassy grounds for outdoor fun and games.
The place to paint pottery & more. Specializing in painting your own pottery with a wide variety of items and price ranges.
Contact us to schedule Cobbygoose at your location. Groups, birthday parties, small groups, girl scouts, schools, and more. Great gifts for Mother’s Day, Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day, Father’s Day, anything you can imagine or simply create a keepsake for your family! We have your creation waiting for you!