Thompson Park swimming beach offers a grassy picnic area with sandy swimming beach on the Lake Huron shore. The lake bottom is clear sand and shipwrecks is marked by a bouy off the shore. Attempting to swim out to the wrecks from shore is not recommended, but paddle craft can be carried to the waterline and launched.
One of the oldest light stations on Lake Huron is located on Thunder Bay Island Thunder Bay is the outermost island in a group of islands connected to the north point of Thunder Bay by a shallow bank of numerous rocks, most of which are submerged.
The light tower was first constructed in 1832 and was built to warn mariners of the dangerous reefs extending from the island Squatters were attracted to the federally-owned island and by 1845, a large fishing community thrived there. One hundred and sixty people lived on the island with thirty-one fishing boats harvesting twelve thousand barrels of fish each year.
Faced with government action to remove them from the island, the trespassers picked up their belongings and relocated to nearby Sugar Island, where they stayed for years. Access to the island is limited to the U S Coast Guard, U S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and members of the Thunder Bay Island Preservation Society. Contact the preservation society at (989) 356-6743.
Knockerball is a single chamber inflatable sphere with inner handles and adjustable shoulder straps. With two or more Knockerballs the experience is catapulted into rip roaring laughter, exhilarating knocks and rolls that will keep you coming back for more. Organizing a KnockerSoccer game is truly a blast but we will warn you, organized games generally break down into literal knock down chaos with the only resulting pain being from laughing so hard and having way too much fun.
Drop in times are Tuesdays from 6p.m.-8p.m., Saturdays from 4p.m.-8p.m. and Sundays from 1p.m.-4p.m. Private party packages available.
The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary preserves a national treasure, nearly 200 historic shipwrecks in and around the bay. Lake Huron’s cold, fresh water preserves many of these shipwrecks intact and in water depths ranging from a few inches to 200 feet, making the sanctuary a popular destination for divers, snorkelers and kayakers. You can explore the history and archaeology of these wrecks at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, the Sanctuary’s 20,000 square foot river front 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 an historic Great Lakes schooner and shipwreck sites, artifact displays, and interactive learning stations on technology and diving. Also featuring a sanctuary store, state of the art education spaces, high-definition theater, and archaeological conservation lab, the admission-free Center is a great destination and the best place to begin exploring Thunder Bay. Please call for current hours of operation. Wreck locations are available on our web site. While visiting Alpena, you may also want to explore the Thunder Bay Sanctuary Research Collection, one of the largest archival collections of Great Lakes maritime history in existence, located at the Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library. Please call for hours.
Brand new campground with 56 extra large pull-through sites with electric and water. 10 tent sites. Fish pond, pavilion. Bathrooms, showers, dump station. Open April 1 thru November 30.
Hotel rooms, Whirlpool Suites, 2-bedroom Villas, 3-bedroom Chalets with kitchens, living rooms, decks overlooking golf course. Restaurant, Meeting Space, RV Park, Elk Viewing Carriage/Sleigh Ride Gourmet Dinner & Wine Tasting, Quilting & Scrapbooking Retreats.
Featuring challenging golf, deluxe condo-style lodging, attentive staff and our unique and memorable elk viewing sleigh/carriage ride and gourmet dinner. Par 73, 6,712 yds., slope 120 to 131. Carved from mature forests.
- Restaurant on site
- Meeting Facilities
- Breakfast available
- Near/On Snowmobile trails
- In Room Spa
- Open Year Round
Located on the beautiful Thunder Bay River. 10 completely rustic sites big enough to fit a camper trailer. Men’s and women’s vault toilets, hand pump water well. All sites are on a first come, first serve basis. Supervised by MDNR.
Open year-round, Weekdays 9:00-5:30, Memorial thru Labor Day 2:00 – 6:00. Call ahead for air fills anytime. Air & Nitrox fills, Equipment Rentals, Snorkel & Scuba Charters, Skin Diving Classes, and Full Service Information Center.
The only year-round live theater in Northern Michigan. Located in a historic building in “Old Town” Alpena, the theatre provides a year-round schedule of programs, including mainstage productions, in-house and touring children’s shows and drama workshops. The theatre is committed to entertaining its audiences with high-quality productions, utilizing its resident professional company, augmented by community talent. Call the box office for up-to-date show information. Handicap accessible.
Thunder Bay Winery is open for business! Stop in say hello and enjoy some complimentary wine samples or stay for a while and relax with a glass of wine.
Thunder Bowl Lanes is your family fun destination spot. We offer bumper bowling, regular bowling, moonlight (blacklight) bowling, an arcade, great food and a full bar. We are a smoke free center.
If you’re looking for a little friendly competition or are just looking for a healthy social outlet we have bowling leagues for youth, adult mixed, seniors, men or women. Don’t worry about finding the time for league play, we have leagues in the morning, afternoon, evening and weekend. Whatever your schedule maybe we can find a league to suit you.
During winter hours we also offer birthday party packages, corporate parties, fundraising opportunities and private parties. Talk with us about your upcoming events and get details about having it here.
While enjoying your activities you can easily satisfy your appetite at “The Burger Shack” with a great selection of delicious food and refreshments.
The adults in your party can enjoy a cocktail while bowling or come and relax at our warm and friendly “Shooters Pub” and enjoy a full service bar.
Some beach, somewhere…is right here!Clean and comfortable cabins on Lake Huron with sugar sand beach, game room and on-site laundry. Eachunit is equipped with a full kitchen including microwave.
HHH Ranch is the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors, view wildlife or kick up your heels and view the Texas Longhorn.
– Sleeps 5 people comfortably
– Full kitchen
– Family room
– Two bedrooms
– One bathroom
– Air Conditioning
– Cable TV
Parking area is large enough for boat trailers and snowmobile trailers.
Just for Fun: A fishing pond is located on the property. Try your luck!
Licensed Fishing Charter & Guide Service
Fish with Capt. Ed Retherford aboard the Trout Scout out of Alpena or Presque Isle. He is the most experienced captain on Lake Huron and the boat is fully equipped for your comfort.