paul gerow night sky

Dark skies abound in the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes; photo courtesy of Paul Gerow

…you love snorkeling and diving the shipwrecks of  Thunder Bay in the waters of Lake Huron, unsalted and shark-free!

…you love ripping through the trails of Chippewa Hills Pathway on your mountain bike; hills and thrills for 6.6 miles!

…you love sinking your teeth into a red ripe, locally grown, strawberry on the Fourth of July!

…you love getting lost under the beauty of the cosmos at 1 of our 3 dark sky preserves, Negwegon State Park, Rockport State Recreation Area, or Thompson’s Harbor State Park!

…you love small town charm and friendly conversation in our Downtown shops and stops; Alpena has something to offer for everyone!

…you love driving up north with excitement in your belly, ready for your first deer hunt of the season!

…you love picking up fossils from the Age of the Fishes. Devonian Era fossils are plenty at Rockport State Recreation Area!

…you love taking that first swim of the summer on Long Lake; rock the boat at the sandies!

…you love snowshoeing and cross-country skiing through the lowland terrain of Norway Ridge; 10 miles of smooth and groomed paths!

…you love experiencing the first blooms of spring, the first rays of summer, the first fall of leaves in autumn, and the first snowfall in winter. #FourSeasonsForever

…you love a 7-minute commute to ANYWHERE in the city limits!

…you love the good-time brewpub experience with friends at Austin Brothers Beer Company, filling your growler and your belly!

…you love casting that first line on Grand Lake and reeling in your catch of the day, fresh walleye for dinner!

…you love getting lost in relaxation on Starlite beach, while you soak up the sun and lazily build sandcastles!

…you love spending an afternoon downtown sipping locally-made wine from Thunder Bay Winery, or getting out of town to a forest of pines and wines at Stoney Acres Winery!

…you love stand-up paddle boarding in the calm waters of the bay at Mich-E-Ke-Wis park, or on a windy day when the waves are just right!

If any of these sound like your perfect day, you just might love Alpena: Sanctuary of the Great Lakes! Share with a friend…and they just might love Alpena, too!