If you follow visit_alpena on Instagram, you can see it’s been a quite a “gram-worthy” summer! As we prep for back-to-school on Monday now is the perfect time to reflect on those sandy summer memories.


Here are just a few of our favorites from our Instagram feed this summer…

We made it through a wildly wet spring/early summer, resulting in water levels higher than we’ve seen in many years on the Thunder Bay River and Lake Huron!


Blair Street Pier by Rick Houchin (@rhouchin)

We shopped local and fresh at the Alpena Farmer’s Market…

Alpena Farmers Market by Justin Christensen-Cooper (@christensen_cooper)

We, as a community with the talented Tony Hendrick, rebuilt the Fish Mural…

“Fish Mural”, photo by Steve Jakubcin (@stevejakubcin)

Speaking of murals, the “Fresh Waves” arts initiative led by the DDA introduced this beauty on the back of Family Enterprise Embroidery’s building in downtown Alpena!

Mural painting by Aaron Golbeck and Chad Bolsinger (@visit_alpena)

We did A LOT of paddleboarding…

Paddleboarding by the Blair Street Pier; Photo by Kingsli Kraft (@sincerelikingsli)

We paddleboarded over shipwrecks…

Paddleboarding over the Portland shipwreck; Photo by Roman Kahler (@foranova)

…and we paddleboarded next to people snorkeling shipwrecks!

Paddleboarding over shipwrecks; Photo by Joe Gall (@camera_jesus)

We did what Alpena does best, watched the sunrise over Lake Huron.

Rock cairn sunrise on Mich-e-ke-wis; Photo by Steve Jakubcin (@if_it_aint_bokeh_dont_fix_it)

We fished our inland lakes, notorious for some of the best bronzebacks around!

Bass fishing with Alpena Bass Outfitters; Photo by Brian Eavey (@alpena_bass_outfitters and @brianeavey)

We hosted several travel photographers eager to capture the beautiful treasure trove of Rockport State Recreation Area.

Rockport sinkhole, photo by Joe Gall (@camera_jesus)

Rockport deep harbor port, photo by Sherry and Chris of Traveling Michigan (@travelingmichigan)

Another stunner of Rockport at night by Joe Gall (@camera_jesus)

We truly made the most out of our beautiful summer…#puremichiganmemories

After the swim; Photo by Holly Sosa (@hollymariesosa)

Thank you to everyone on Instagram who tags @visit_alpena/#visitalpena and allowed us to share your beautiful memories! If you don’t follow us yet on IG, let’s change that! Follow visit_alpena for the latest and greatest photos of Alpena on the ‘gram!