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Attractions in: Alpena County, Michigan

Location: Northern Michigan
Average Snowfall: 60 - 90 inches
Fall Color Season: Late September to Early October

Michigan Attractions

  • Excellent beaches and facilities on Lake Huron and Thunder Bay River.
  • Golf Northern Michigan's championship courses.
  • Ice Fishing at the Fletcher Floodwaters to name just one spot.

Thunder Bay Underwater Preserve

Eighty shipwrecks lie on the bottom lands of Thunder Bay Underwater Preserve, a popular scuba-diving area. Lake Huron's unpredictable weather-its murky fog banks and sudden gales-coupled with rocky shoals helped Thunder Bay earn the unfortunate name of "Shipwreck Alley." During the Great Lakes' 200-year shipping history, scores of vessels ended their careers on the lake floor off Alpena, Michigan. The known wrecks rest as close to the surface as 12 feet and as deep as 180 feet. Some of the wreck sites remain largely intact while other sites are only remnants of vessels' boilers, engines, rudders, windlasses, and anchors. However, the known wrecks are only a small section of the total wreckage's that have occurred. Many of the wrecks remain undiscovered.


There are about 200 of these natural wonders in the Alpena area, but only the Stevens Twin sinks and the Bruski sink are open for public viewing. Pick up a brochure at the Community Development Building to find the site, near Maple Lane and Leer Road.

Festivals and Events

Cities you can visit in Alpena County, Michigan

Alpena, Green Township, Herron, Hubbard Lake, Lachine, Long Rapids Township, Maple Ridge Township, Ossineke Township, Sanborn Township, Wellington Township, Wilson Township

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