The River Center

Alpena, Michigan

From a drawing of the proposed center at the right.............................

​To an artist's rendering of the finished Thunder Bay River Center shown below..

​​​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! 

  • 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


Plan your Visit

The Donate Now button above will take you directly to the CFNEM website. Then click on River Center Fund link to make your donation at any time. 

Help make your River Center

a reality.  Embedded in the hillside of Duck Park,

it will be a thermometer

of the watershed's health,

a showcase of the

river's long life & an example

of our community's heart.

It can only happen with


The Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary boasts opportunities for strolling, paddling, fishing, hiking, trail-running, bird-watching, picnicking, dog-walking, nature study, and photography.  While on the island we only 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. 

  • 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​

Things To Do

The Thunder Bay River Center Building will be located adjacent to the Duck Park parking lot at 187 Long Rapids Rd in Alpena, Michigan. 

Nearby Attractions

This is the future           THUNDER BAY RIVER CENTER.