The River Center


Plan your Visit

Alpena, Michigan

The Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary boasts opportunities for strolling, paddling, fishing, hiking, trail-walking, bird-watching, picnicking, dog-walking, nature study, and photography.  While on the island, we  ask that you (and your four legged friends) stay on the trails to help preserve our fragile ecosystem. Picnic tables, BBQs, shady rest areas, and canoe and kayak rentals are located in Duck Park. 

Nearby Attractions

Things To Do

The Donate button above will take you directly to the CFNEM River Center website.  Complete the form to make your donation at any time. 

Help make your River Center

a reality. 

Embedded in the hillside of Duck Park, TBRC will be

  •  a thermometer of the watershed's health, 
  • a showcase of the river's long life
  • an example of our community's heart.

TBRC can only happen with


​​​Northern Michigan has some of the most serene natural areas in the country as well as some pretty fascinating history.  Check out some of these areas while you are here! 

The Thunder Bay River Center Building will be located adjacent to the Duck Park parking lot on Long Rapids Rd in Alpena, Michigan. 

  • Glass Bottom Boat Tour

  • NOAA's Thunderbay Heritage Museum

  • Besser Museum

  • Alpena Bi-Bath

  • Maritime Heritage Trail

  • Northeast State Trail (N.E.S.T.)

  • Kayak/Canoeing on Thunder Bay River​

  • Besser Natural Area

  • Norway Ridge

  • Chippewa Hills Pathway

  • Northeast State Trail (N.E.S.T.)

  • ​Negwegon State Park

  • Rockport State Park and Recreation Area

  • ​Thompson's Harbor State Park