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Island Park & Wildlife Sanctuary

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Address: Long Rapids Road & Gilchrist Avenue, Alpena, MI

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While driving through Alpena, my husband & I noticed this picturesque covered bridge and had to stop and see it. We didn’t have any problem finding a parking space in the paved... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Denice S
DeWitt, Michigan
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DeWitt, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

While driving through Alpena, my husband & I noticed this picturesque covered bridge and had to stop and see it. We didn’t have any problem finding a parking space in the paved parking lot (entrance is off Long Rapids Road). Entrance to this City-owned park is free. The relatively new (2015) covered bridge is the entrance to Island Park. This... More 

Thank Denice S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The new bridge is very nice. They don't allow bikes...you must walk. But it's an easy walk with many paths that go off the main path. It was fun exploring!

Thank Mś L
Gaylord, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a great time, wonderful trails, covered bridge, flowers and wild life. Water for fishing or just sitting around. Will go back.

Thank MMarshall06
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I, enjoyed the beautiful scenery and a it's not too long of a walk, we got to see a few swans and different little birds.

Thank Sylvie T D
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is a beautiful park. I would have stayed there all day if I had the chance. There was a section of pine forest, dunes, prairie, and of course there was water all around. I also walked the whole thing in flip flops, so it wasn't challenging at all. There's even a handicap accessible path through the majority of the... More 

Thank Dominique W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

Absolutely gorgeous. The island park is within a lake. There is a beautiful Bridge to cross into the park for an easy hike. You can also rent kayaks on site and kayak around the lake. We rode bicycles around the lake, enjoying the scenery and wildlife. Great bike trail. This is a must see if you go to Alpena.

Thank Sandy879
Elkins, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

This island is a beautiful walk to do when you are in Alpena. The nature and the views during your walk will calm you and astound you at the same time

Thank debrag718
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

Island Park has easy, walkable paths that crisscross all over the island. I went with my family, which includes grandparents and a three year old, and we all had a good time doing some low-key exploring. It's great if you want a little wilderness without leaving town.

Thank EA906
Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

It's nice to visit this community and see what volunteers and the town have done to provide nicely maintained recreational areas. This is a lovely park and has a paved path suitable for wheelchairs.

Thank spingal26
Bellaire, Michigan, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

The new bridge is such a wonderful addition to this beautiful park. The walking trails are well kept and easy to hike. It is a quiet calm oasis within the city.

Thank Sharon L

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