Alpena: Sanctuary
of the Great Lakes

Alpena embodies the haven from the stresses of everyday life: the culturally rich place to relax and a sanctuary to rejuvenate, and inspire the happy, healthy and creative you. A port in the storm. It's what sailors have always searched for when the weather took a turn for the worst. Our friendly historic city may be just what the doctor ordered. We've turned the volume down and slowed the pace a bit so you can relax, rejuvenate and discover your family all over again.

Alpena Stars

Nothing says "Pure Michigan" like a bonfire under the stars. Get lost under the cosmos at one of three state-designated Dark Sky Preserves: Rockport State Recreation Area, Negwegon State Park, & Thompson's Harbor State park.

Alpena Adventure with Brandon Palaniuk and Major League Fishing
Small Town Adventure

You'll find inspiration on every turn in Alpena, whether it be on land or on water. This community welcomes you to your ultimate vacation destination for relaxed outdoor recreation.

Ossineke Beach

The sandy shores of Lake Huron await you with tranquil waters and pristine sandy beaches. Immerse yourself in the emerald waters and relax in our Sanctuary of the Great Lakes.

Bike Trails

Trail blazing has never been easier. Take an easy ride through Alpena's 18.5 mile bike path and let your cares melt away or get your adrenaline pumping on a mountain bike trail.

Sunset Kayak

Paddle through the serene waters of the Thunder Bay River at sundown and admire the beautiful display of the setting sun over the horizon.

Northern Lights

Witness the phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis dance and swirl in the night sky. These northern lights paint our Sanctuary of the Great Lakes randomly throughout the year.

Shipwreck Snorkel

Dive into our freshwater marine sanctuary preserve and snorkel the ill-fated ships of the Thunder Bay.

TB Island Lighthouse

Thunder Bay Island Lighthouse, the second oldest lighthouse of the Great Lakes, helped to guide many ships into Alpena's safe harbor a dozen miles away.

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