Adventures On The Water
Kayak, Canoe, & Paddleboard
Our Sanctuary of the Great Lakes is 66% water, making the Alpena area a prime destination for water trail enthusiasts! Quiet rivers and lakes provide a serene setting for an afternoon of gliding on the water, wildlife watching, or daydreaming. Kayak, canoe or standup paddleboard a variety of settings across the region including our 500 acre Wildlife Sanctuary and the Thunder Bay River. Paddle over some of the shallow water shipwrecks in the area with this handy guide: Shallow Shipwreck Paddle Guide.
For more water adventures, check out Rock the Boat! Summer on Alpena’s Waters
You don’t need to be a scuba diver to see some of Lake Huron’s famous shipwrecks up close. Thunder Bay Scuba and Great Lakes Divers in Alpena (see listings under “Scuba Diving”) offer all equipment needed for rental including masks, fins and Wet Suits. A Wet Suit rental makes a chilly lake comfortable, allows you to float without effort, and avoids sunburn. Novices welcome!
Alpena is home to the nation’s only freshwater marine sanctuary. Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary protects about 200 historically significant shipwrecks that lay at rest on the bottom of Lake Huron. View the collection of shipwrecks in what is known as Shipwreck Ally via kayak, or aboard Alpena’s glass-bottom boat, Lady Michigan. Visitors are also welcome to snorkel and dive the wrecks to get up close and personal with remnants of our nation’s past.
You can also explore the history and archaeology of these wrecks at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, the Marine Sanctuary’s 20,000 square foot river-front dry-land headquarters. Exhibits on Great Lakes maritime history and shipwrecks include the new “Exploring the Shipwreck Century” exhibit, (a 9,000 square ft. permanent exhibit where visitors can experience elements of a traditional maritime museum, combined with a hands-on discovery center featuring life-sized recreations of a historic Great Lakes schooner and shipwreck sites), artifact displays, and interactive learning stations on technology and diving. Open year-round; Free admission.
From beginners sailing lessons to competing in Yngling fleet races, Alpena offers sailing lessons for people of all ages at the Alpena Youth Sailing Club. Enjoy the Pure Michigan experience on Lake Huron and don’t forget your sunscreen!
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
Your Captain, Your Guide
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.
Hours: Monday – Sunday 12pm – 6pm (Last rental let 1 hour before close)
Call 989.884.1702 or e-mail email@example.com for help to book your rental!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for info and to book.
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.
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.
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
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.
Check out our video at http://www.youtube.com/user/anglershideaway
Come fish with Capt. Rick on the fantastic waters of Lake Huron. Cast your line off the “Wipe Out”, a 27 foot sports craft, fully equipped and ready to catch your trophy fish. The “Wipe Out” is DNR inspected, US Coast Guard licensed and insured. The Boat has a private Stand up Head!!!!
Things you will need to bring:
- Everyone must have an All Species Michigan Fishing License
- Warm Clothing
- Cooler for your fish
- Snacks, Drinks and Lunch
Fish you may catch:
- Atlantic Salmon
- Chinook Salmon
- Coho Salmon
- Brown Trout
- Lake Trout
- Rainbow Trout
- AND MORE!!!