Sanctuary of the great lakes

Shop Local in Alpena This Holiday Season!

Downtown Alpena shoppers; captured by Leslie Male

‘Tis the season! It’s that time of year when many are out and about, searching for the perfect gift to give friends and family members as a token of love and appreciation. Did … Read the rest


The Names, the Myths and the Legends of the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes, Pt. 1

Sunrise over Squaw Bay. Photo by Chuck Bennett

How did Alpena get its name? Why do we pronounce Presque Isle like ‘Presk-eel’? What’s up with name Mich-E-Ke-Wis, and how did we come up with Ossineke and Negwegon?

You’ve wondered, and … Read the rest


Gotta Check it Out Adventure: A Day in the Woods

It is arguably one of the most beautiful times of the year to take a walk or a ride through nature trails in the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes. The air is as crisp as the leaves, and the foliage … Read the rest


Top 10 Haunted Places and Urban Legends of Alpena

A bump in the night, a whisper in your ear. Is it your imagination? Perhaps it’s the wind. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s something else. 

Hauntings, urban legends, and Native American folklore are cultural experiences that can be found all over … Read the rest


Alpena Fall Scavenger Hunt

Orange pumpkins, white pumpkins, and more at AJ’s Berry Farm!

Looking for something fun and out of the ordinary to do on Sunday Fun-days with friends and family? Why not try out our fall scavenger hunt? The rules are simple: … Read the rest


Alpena Shades of Autumn: Where to Find Nature’s Color Palette

#blessed by the beauty of fall

The fall colors have not peaked yet in the Alpena area, but it is only a short time until this beautiful display of fall foliage occurs! When it does, grab your cameras and check … Read the rest


Get Ready to Hit the Trails This Autumn!

Slow down and become one with nature this fall in the  Sanctuary of the Great Lakes; relax, rejuvenate, and restore. Within moments you can be out on a trail, from groomed woodland trails to gentle paved trails in the city. Wander … Read the rest


Find Your Explorer’s Spirit at Rockport

Just north of the city proper is a terrestrial landscape that wakens the explorer’s spirit. Indeed, the traveler, regardless of his interests and no matter his origin, will find an amazing adventure filled with beauty. Majestic and mysterious, Rockport State … Read the rest


Top 16 Ways to Fall for Fall in Alpena: Sancutary of the Great Lakes

Fall colors will be here before you know it! Photo by Paul Gerow

The Autumnal Equinox arrives on Friday, and it’s that time for pumpkin spice everything! Don’t begin your hibernation just yet…the Alpena area has so much to offer … Read the rest


Four-legged Social Media Celebrities Share Alpena Adventures

The Sanctuary of the Great Lakes is home to many interesting, adventurous souls. You’ve recently met Leo the Hiking Cat and his human companion Josh Stephan. Now, we’d like to introduce you to the most adventurous Siberian Huskies you’ll ever … Read the rest


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235 W. Chisholm St. • Alpena, MI 49707
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