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

  • Glass Bottom Boat Tour

  • NOAA Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Museum

  • Besser Museum

  • Alpena Bi-Path

  • Maritime Heritage Trail

  • Northeast State Trail (N.E.S.T.)

  • Kayak/Canoeing on Thunder Bay River​

Thunder Bay River Center


Things To Do

This donate button will direct you to the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan where you can give generously to help make the Thunder Bay River Center a reality for our community!

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! 

Plan your Visit

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

  • 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