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Island Park & Wildlife Sanctuary

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Long Rapids Road & Gilchrist Avenue, Alpena, MI
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Duck Island

Enjoy nature walks? This is the place for you. In the spring, watch turtles being hatched... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Scott E
via mobile
Place to go for daily walk

What a great place to take pictures!!!! Whoever planned the design and layout did a wonderful job... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Battle Creek, Michigan
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“paved trail” (3 reviews)
“nice walk” (4 reviews)
Long Rapids Road & Gilchrist Avenue, Alpena, MI
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoy nature walks? This is the place for you. In the spring, watch turtles being hatched. Listen to the birds singing all while walking an easy trail that has species of trees identified for you.

Thank Scott E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a great place to take pictures!!!! Whoever planned the design and layout did a wonderful job. Walking through the park gives a calming effect. This is the kind of place you could go to daily for your morning or evening walk.

Thank marybT5775QN
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very well kept sanctuary. The views in the fall are exceptional. They have some well maintained structures, bridge and water tower. The trails are well maintained. The only gripe I was was a pro photographer that insisted on blaring music as she...More

Thank 446raymondr
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Located near Besser Museum, this park is a very nice place to walk in a natural setting. The island has numerous rustic trails to walk, and a handicapped accessible hardtop path to a scenic overlook. Sitting in the Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary, the island is surrounded...More

Thank sherondennis
Reviewed 28 September 2017

Island Park (aka Duck Lake but many locals) is a very nice park situated within the city of Alpena. It is a small island situated in the Thunder Bay River. The covered bridge that provides land access to the island has been rebuilt recently and...More

Thank Kanda F
Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

We stopped in mid morning and walked the trail. The trail is very well maintained with lots of points of interest as you follow it. Many types of plants and trees along the path with markers to let you know the type of plant life.

Thank StacyLackie
Reviewed 14 September 2017

we stopped here after dinner, it was close to our hotel and looked beautiful and inviting. It had several paths to take, from handicap paved trail to well marked paths. The bridge was truly beautiful to see and the flowers were in bloom still. It...More

Thank Diane D
Reviewed 30 August 2017

We planned this stop based on reviews and pics from TripAdvisor. It was part of our Alpena visit. We truly enjoyed our walk. It was beautiful. My husband and I were all alone. We stopped early in the morning and all you heard were the...More

Thank Carly U
Reviewed 13 August 2017

Well maintained walking paths with separate paths that are handicap accessible. Plaques along the way to explain the trees or birds that you might see. Perfect length for an afternoon stroll.

Thank Chris W
Reviewed 13 August 2017

This was close to our hotel and we stopped by for a walk after dinner. Everything looked brand-new. A nice set-up with different types of landscapes to walk through - prairie, transition forest, etc. Very pretty, but endless traffic noise. Easy to get around, about...More

Thank John J
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jan h
10 October 2017|
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Response from 484karlc | Reviewed this property |
Yes,, you can see beautiful fall colors, and the walk is just under a mile in length.
17 May 2017|
Response from Kanda F | Reviewed this property |
I do not recall seeing any signs saying dogs are not allowed. What I do recall is that strollers are discouraged due to the sandy terrain and more importantly, steps that are part of the trail around the island.
Rie K
12 May 2016|
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Response from 7eaters82 | Reviewed this property |
yes, i think dogs are welcome on a leash