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Alpena, Michigan

Alpena is the county seat for Alpena County.  It is located at the mouth of Thunder Bay River on Thunder Bay on Lake Huron’s northwestern coastline. W. F. Cullings, a fisherman, became the first settler about 1835. In 1856, George N. Fletcher and three companions from Detroit laid out the village which they named Fremont for General John C. Fremont, but there was another Fremont in Michigan and so this one was given a post office as Alpena, with Daniel Carter becoming its first postmaster on December 2, 1857. Renamed Thunder Bay (it was near Thunder Bay) on January 4, 1859, but changed back to Alpena on February 11, 1859.  Incorporated as a city in 1871.  Named after its county which was first named Anamickee after a Chippewa Chief, but renamed Alpena, the Indian word for partridge, at the suggestion of Henry Rowe Schoolcraft. 

The “old town” section of town located north of the Thunder Bay River has many well preserved turn of the century buildings. The downtown shopping area is conveniently located next door to the marina and attracts many boaters visiting the city.  The numerous shipwrecks located in the Thunder Bay Underwater Preserve attract scuba divers fro all over the country. Several charterboat services are available for individuals wishing to try their luck fishing on Thunder Bay.  Alpena has numerous fine restaurants, motels and resorts to accommodate tourists visiting the community.

Jesse Besser Museum with its planetarium and Thunder Bay Theatre provide unique cultural experiences.  Alpena’s economy is supported by cement production, paper processing and manufacturing automotive and machine parts. Population:  11,354. City Hall:  208 N. First Ave., Alpena, MI 49707, (989) 354-4158

Charter Boat Services operating from the Alpena port offer excellent opportunities for Lake Huron Pink Salmon, Lake Trout, Steelhead, Walleye, and Perch fishing

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Attractions

Alpena City Hall [Historical Site], 208 N. First Avenue, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 354-4158

Alpena County Courthouse [Historical Site], 720 Chisholm Street, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 356-0930

Alpena Lighthouse, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 354-4181

Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary

Aviation North Air Color Tours, 1593 Airport Road, PO Box 186, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 356-6361

Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan, 491 Johnson Street, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 356-2202

City of Alpena Heritage Riverwalk, 208 N. First Ave., Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 354-2196

Direct Skate Shop & Riverside Skate Park, 835 W. Chisholm St., Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 354-7758

JJ's Awesome Acres, 1100 US-23, North, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 354-4414

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Royal Knight Cinema [Movie Theaters], 101 S 2nd Ave, Alpena, MI  49707, Phone: (989) 354-5127

St. Bernard Catholic Church [Historic Site], 322 West Chisholm, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 354-27676

State Cinema Three [Movie Theaters], 204 N 2nd Ave, Alpena, MI  49707, Phone: (989) 354-8173

Stoney Acres Winery, 4268 Truckey Road, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 356-1041

Thunder Bay Island Lighthouse, Thunder Bay Island, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (800) 425-7362

Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, 500 W. Fletcher Street, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 356-8805

Treaty of Saginaw Marker of 1819, Michigan Historic Marker, Roadside Park, Alpena Avenue, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (517) 373-3559

Dining Out

Austin Brothers Beer Company [Breweries & Brew Pubs], 821 W Miller St, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 340-2300

Gen-Ars Restaurant, 585 South Ripley Blvd., Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 354-8875

Hunan Chinese Restaurant [Chinese Cuisine], 1283 M 32 W, Alpena,  MI 49707, Phone: (989) 356-6461

Hunan Chinese Restaurant [Chinese Cuisine], 1120 S State Ave., Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 356-6461

John A Lau Saloon [Saloons, American Cuisine], 414 North Second Avenue, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 354-6898

The Owl Café, 121 West Chisolm Street, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 356-6915

Surf's Café, 113 S. Second Avenue, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 354-8811

Lodging

40 Winks Motel, 1021 South State Ave, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 354-5622

Alpena Motel, 3011 US-23 South, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 356-2178

Bay Motel, 2107 US-23 South, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 356-6137

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Beach Motel, 1204 S.State Ave., Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 356-1820

Best Western Inn - Alpena, 1286 M-32 West, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 356-9087

Big Bear Lodge, 2052 US 23, South, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 354-8573

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Campers Cove RV Park & Canoe Livery, 5005 Long Rapids Rd., Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 356-3708

Days Inn - Alpena, 1496 M-32 West, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 356-6118

Dew Drop Inn Motel, 2469 French Road, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 356-4414

Middle Island Keeper's Lodge, Middle Island Light Station, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 356-1385

Triple H Ranch, 5868 Dietz Rd., Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989)356-4069

The Well [Bed & Breakfast],8844 Lincoln Bay Dr.  Alpena, Michigan 49707, Phone: (989) 354-4862

Organizations

Alpena Sportsmen's Club [Sportsmans Clubs, Gun Range], 4260 M-32W, Alpena, MI 49707. Phone: (989) 354-2582

American Legion Post 65 [Veterans Organizations], 1316 M 32 W, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 356-03357

P.K.Fletcher Gun Club [Sportsmans Clubs, Gun Range], 113 W.Blair Street, Alpena, MI 49707. Phone: (989) 354-4714

Veterans of Foreign Wars - Post 2496, [Veterans Organizations], 2900 Connon Street, Alpena  MI  49707, Phone:( 989) 354-8021

Veterans of Foreign Wars - Post 3890 [Veterans Organizations], 1316 M 32 W, Alpena, MI 49707-8105, Phone:  (989) 356-3357 / 657

Outdoors

Alpena Golf Club [Golf Courses], 1135 Golf Course Road, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 354-5052

Alpena Sportsmen's Club [Gun Range], 4260 M-32W, Alpena, MI 49707. Phone: (989) 354-2582

Besser Bell Pathway, Mackinaw State Forest, US-23 & County Road 405, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 785-4251

Big Bucks Taxidermy [Taxidermist], 2310 Grant St, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 358-2969

Bob's Gun Shop Gun Dealers & Gunsmiths], 3089 M 32 W, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 356-1777

Bounty Hunter Charters [Charter Boat Services], 4029 Elcajon Beach Rd, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 354-3855

Campers Cove RV Park & Canoe Livery, 5005 Long Rapids Rd., Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 356-3708

Chum Bucket Charters [Charter Boat Services], 2447 M-65 North, Lachine, MI 49753, Phone: (989) 657-4646

Darv's Gun Shop [ Guns & Gunsmiths], 4558 Bloom Rd, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 354-3059

Direct Skate Shop & Riverside Skate Park, 835 W. Chisholm St., Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 354-7758

Fast Guns Gun Dealers & Gunsmiths], 1013 Walter St, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 356-2274

Four Seasons Taxidermy [Taxidermist], 9058 Fitzpatrick Rd, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 379-2969

Gamebird Adventures Inc. [Hunting Preserve], 8479 Indian Reserve Rd., Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 727-3569

Island Park & Wildlife Sanctuary, 208 N. First Street, City Hall, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 54-4158

Lake & Stream Charters [Charter Boat Services], 13395 Park Road, Lachine, MI 49753, Phone: (989) 379-2617

Laser Team Challenge, 230 Water Street, Alpena , MI 49707, Phone: (989) 464-4937

Limited Edition Taxidermy [Taxidermist], 3361 US Highway 23 S, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 356-3600

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Long Lake Campgrounds and County Park, 2585 Long Lake Park Rd., Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 595-2401

Michael's Taxidermy [Taxidermist], 205 W Bosley St, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 354-5540

Mikey [Charter Boat Services], 13430 White Ash, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 595-3187

Norway Ridge Pathway [Bike, Hike & Ski Trail], Werth Road, Mackinaw State Forest, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 785-4251

P.K.Fletcher Gun Club [Gun Range], 113 W.Blair Street, Alpena, MI 49707. Phone: (989) 354-4714

Partridge Point Wetland, 1175 N. Partridge Point Rd., Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 356-4812

Power Trip Charters [Charter Boat Services], 512 Thurber, Troy, MI 48085, Phone: (231) 625-9503

R.J. Dives - Glass Bottom Boat Tours, [Dive Charters & Tours], 606 Ford Avenue, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 657-3483

Ray's Gun Shop Gun Dealers & Gunsmiths], 3266 Long Rapids Rd, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 354-3847

Thunder Bay River [Canoe & Kayak Trip]

Thunder Bay River State Forest Campground, M-32 & Indian  Reserve Road, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 785-4251

Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, 500 W. Fletcher Street, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 356-8805

Thunder Bay Taxidermy [Taxidermist], 8201 Kannowski Rd, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 595-2428

Trout Scout Charters [Charter Boat Services], 220 Richardson Street, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 356-9361

Two Hearted Charters [Charter Boat Services], 308 Barry St., Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 657-4325

Van's Pro Shop [Archery Equipment & Supplies, Archery Range], 4665 Kirchoff Rd, Alpena, MI 49707, (989) 595-6937

Wipe Out Charters [Charter Boats Services], 400 East Chisholm Street, Small Boat Harbor, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 356-3220

Services

Bounty Hunter Charters [Charter Boat Services], 4029 Elcajon Beach Rd, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 354-3855

Chum Bucket Charters [Charter Boat Services], 2447 M-65 North, Lachine, MI 49753, Phone: (989) 657-4646

Enchanted Forest Web Page Design Service [Internet Services, Website Design & Development], 3980 Curtisville Road, Curtisville, South Branch, MI 48761, Phone: (989) 735-2206 Email: support@theenchantedforest.net

Four Seasons Taxidermy [Taxidermists], 9058 Fitzpatrick Road, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 379-2969

Limited Edition Taxidermy & Fur Dressing [Taxidermists], 3361 US Highway 23 S , Alpena,  MI 49707, Phone: (989) 356-3600

Michael's Taxidermy [Taxidermist], 205 W Bosley St, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 354-5540

Power Trip Charters [Charter Boat Services], 512 Thurber, Troy, MI 48085, Phone: (231) 625-9503

Trout Scout Charters [Charter Boat Services], 220 Richardson Street, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 356-9361

Two Hearted Charters [Charter Boat Services], 308 Barry St., Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 657-4325

Wipe Out Charters [Charter Boats Services], 400 East Chisholm Street, Small Boat Harbor, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 356-3220

Shopping

Alpena Farmers' Market [Farm Markets], River Street, Alpena, MI 49753

Antique Mall of Alpena [Antiques & Flea Markets], 209 North 2nd Avenue, Alpena, MI 497077, Phone: (989) 354-6036

Nowicki's Sausage Shoppe, 1224 N 2nd Avenue, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 734-4100

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Stoney Acres Winery [Wineries & Vineyards], 4268 Truckey Road, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 356-1041

Thunderbay Taxidermy, 8201 Kannowski Road, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 464-1062

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