Area Attractions

Alpena CVB

For more information about local attractions, dining, shopping, and lodging in Alpena,

visit the Alpena Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Lighthouses

New & Old Presque Isle

40 Mile Point

Sturgeon Point

New Presque Isle Lighthouse 40 Mile Point Lighthouse Sturgeon Point Lighthouse
Climb to the top of New Presque Isle Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse on the Great Lakes that offers public access. Explore the haunted Old Presque Isle Lighthouse. Take a step back in time when you visit the restored 1905 Keeper’s House, a preservation of the life of a keeper’s family in the early 1900s. Learn more… Located in Rogers City 40 mile lighthouse opens on Memorial Day. Walk the nearby beach to view the shipwreck Joseph S. Fay. Learn more… The Sturgeon Point Light Station is located on Lake Huron in Alcona County and was established to ward mariners off a reef that extends 1.5 miles lakeward from Sturgeon Point. Learn more…

Little Red

Thunder Bay Island

Middle Island

Litte Red Lighthouse Thunder Bay Island Lighthouse Middle Island Light Station
Affectionately called “Little Red” or “Sputnik” for its noteworthy appearance, the Little Red Light Station is best viewed from the decks of Lady Michigan at the mouth of the Thunder Bay River. The Thunder Bay Island Lighthouse is one of the oldest light stations standing on the shore of Lake Huron. In 1984, the historic structure was awarded a place on the National Register of Historic Places. Learn more… Middle Island Light Station is located in Lake Huron, halfway between Thunder Bay Island and Presque Isle. Learn more…

Parks and Trails

Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Trail

Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary

Beaches

Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Trail Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary Beaches
Northeast Michigan’s rich maritime history is on display when you travel the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Trail. Along the Thunder Bay River, the trail features a boardwalk and pedestrian bridge, a historically-themed riverfront park, historic docks, and outdoor interpretive signage. Learn more… This 17 acre island is surrounded by the Thunder Bay River. Photographers, fishermen, joggers, walkers, and nature lovers will enjoy moving about the various ecosystems of the area, including sand dunes, meadows, woodlands, and marsh areas. A handicapped accessible viewing platform is on site. The additional 500 acres of winding backwaters feature low islands and waterfowl. Learn more… Several beaches in Alpena and the surrounding area offer visitors a relaxing daytime getaway to the beautiful waters of Lake Huron. Mich-E-Ke-Wis Park, Blair Street Park, Thomson Park, and Sanborn Park/Ossineke Beach do not have lifeguards on duty. Starlite Beach is the only lifeguard-supervised swimming area. Learn more…

Arts and Culture

Besser Museum

Thunder Bay Arts Council

Art in the Loft

Besser Museum Thunder Bay Arts Council Art in the Loft
A visit to the Besser Museum is a must for travelers staying in the region. The museum features the Sky Theater Planetarium, a Fossil Park where you can keep any fossils you find, a fine art collection, historic buildings, an extensive Native American Gallery and much more. Learn more… The mission of the Thunder Bay Arts Council is to promote, support, and preserve the arts through performance, education, and leadership. The Thunder Bay Arts Council & Gallery always has an exciting event just around the corner. The Council’s Artists In-Residence Series features artist exhibits, receptions, and chamber ensembles. Learn more… Art in the Loft is an arts center and gallery working to enrich the quality of life in Northeast Michigan through an arts center that offers learning opportunities and increases public participation in the arts. The Loft hosts special events, activities, exhibits, and workshops throughout the year. Learn more…

State Parks

Harrisville

Hoeft

Ocqueoc

Negwegon

Rockport

Thompson’s Harbor

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Elk Viewing at Thunder Bay Resort

Thunder Bay Resort

Thunder Bay Resort The Thunder Bay Resort is the perfect getaway destination for those seeking a balance of adventure and relaxation. Take a horse drawn carriage ride (rated as a top 10 sleigh ride by USA Today), indulge in a five course meal, and settle in for the night with their deluxe accommodations. Browse the Thunder Bay Resort itineraries and packages for group tours and fishing charters. You can even spend a day on the course, playing 18 holes at the Thunder Bay Golf Course. Learn more…

TOUR

Highlights

There are dozens of wrecks in the Thunder Bay area. Hover over a shipwreck below to see its facts and photos. Lake Huron and Mother Nature collaborate on which shipwrecks they're willing to share on any given day. Scroll over icons to view more details.
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