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Island Park & Wildlife Sanctuary

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Long Rapids Road & Gilchrist Avenue, Alpena, MI
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Park in town is beautiful

This is a really well maintained park. And, it's right in town along the river. It's scenic and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
3Daytrip7
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Chesterton, Indiana
Beautiful Park

Very nice park to walk and enjoy the wild life. Bring your children and let them fish from the... read more

Reviewed 6 March 2018
PBens
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Alpena, Michigan
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Travellers talk about
“covered bridge” (10 reviews)
“duck” (6 reviews)
“paved trail” (3 reviews)
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Long Rapids Road & Gilchrist Avenue, Alpena, MI
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"covered bridge"
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"duck"
in 6 reviews
"paved trail"
in 3 reviews
"nice walk"
in 4 reviews
"easy hike"
in 3 reviews
"peaceful nature"
in 2 reviews
"water tower"
in 2 reviews
"close to our hotel"
in 2 reviews
"very nice place"
in 2 reviews
"thunder bay"
in 4 reviews
"alpena area"
in 2 reviews
"geese"
in 6 reviews
"trees"
in 5 reviews
"fishing"
in 5 reviews
"wilderness"
in 3 reviews
"river"
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"handicap"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a really well maintained park. And, it's right in town along the river. It's scenic and very peaceful. It's a great place for short hikes. There's even a place to rent river canoes!

Thank 3Daytrip7
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Reviewed 6 March 2018

Very nice park to walk and enjoy the wild life. Bring your children and let them fish from the covered bridge or just enjoy the birds. Either way you'll have a great time.

Thank PBens
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Reviewed 1 February 2018

We have passed by this place every time we are in town and never stopped. We made a point to go through and walk a couple of the trails in the snow. This is an easy hike through gorgeous scenery. We will definitely stop by...More

1  Thank aregier
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Reviewed 10 November 2017 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
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Reviewed 25 October 2017

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
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Reviewed 22 October 2017 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
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Reviewed 15 October 2017

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
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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

1  Thank Kanda F
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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
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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
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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.
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jeankussnyder
17 May 2017|
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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.
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Rie K
12 May 2016|
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Response from 7eaters82 | Reviewed this property |
yes, i think dogs are welcome on a leash
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