Island Park & Wildlife Sanctuary

Island Park & Wildlife Sanctuary

Island Park & Wildlife Sanctuary
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MitchCousineau
Shrewsbury, Massachusetts3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2012 • Solo
Hidden gem of a park - many people probably just think it's a parking area -- but walk into the park and you will discover a large island park with highly varied geography and extensive trails which are a delight to walk -- not many people, back end of island borders floodlands/creeks, can see lots of cranes, geese, swans, etc... Very peaceful - highly recommend it...
Written September 4, 2013
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suedo66
Pewaukee, WI451 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
This turned out to be a very nice surprise---the wildlife sanctuary is part of Island Park---you start out walking thru a handmade covered bridge with a wooden water tower---both are beautiful--then a 45 minute walk around a island in the river--all very well marked with signs explaining trees that was done by a eagle scout and boy scouts and businesses--very well done
Written July 12, 2018
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Sylvie T D
34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Family
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.
Written July 26, 2016
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vwp11
Milan, MI307 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Friends
Four of us went kayaking here on the July 4th weekend because it was too windy for Fletcher's Floodwater and too busy on the AuSable. We were impressed right from the start when we got to the Duck Park area kayak/canoe launch (at Chisholm and Long Rapids Rds) and found the sweetest launch ever. It's a system of side supports and rollers with handrails that allows you to get into you boat without tipping, then pull yourself down the ramp into the water with hardly any effort and no wet feet.

We didn't have a map so we just paddled all over, sometimes hitting a dead end, then finding a little channel to sneak through. It's a much larger paddling area than it appears to be. Although you will find some places that are very inhabited or built up, you can also easily find yourself in a spot where you can't tell you're in the city at all. You can't really get lost. Just remember that the main river channel appears to be on the south side of the park by M-32 and that if you pass under the US-23 bridge, you went too far downstream and missed the turn back to the launch. (And yes, it's just as easy to pull yourself back up out of the water on that marvelous launch as it was to enter the water. Again, no wet feet or ungraceful exits from the boat!)

You'll see lots of wildlife, too. Geese, swans, turtles, and fish... plus kingfishers, terns, herons, and egrets. We really enjoyed this paddle and you can make it as long or short as you like!
Written July 6, 2015
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Pam F
East Tawas, MI10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Couples
We love taking our dogs for a walk here. The trails are well marked and level so it is an easy hike. The view is beautiful along the Thunder Bay River and we are often treated to the sight of ducks, swans and geese. There is also a paved wheelchair accessible path that ends at a scenic overlook. All in all a great place for a walk, no matter what your physical abilities.
Written September 11, 2014
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Judy H
Alpena, MI132 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Couples
One of my favorite places in Alpena. It is located within the city limits but you would never know it as you hike around the island. I love to go with our daughter, a botany and nature study teacher - there is so much to see and learn about.
Written September 7, 2014
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LisaB1981
Alpena, MI7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Family
If you like fishing or walking paths in the woods, the little island is a great place to do so. They also have a kayak launch along with kayaks and bikes to rent. There are picnic tables and barbecues which are not on the little island, but are still along the river area. I love just walking the paths on the island.
Written July 30, 2013
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Kat H
Alpena, MI269 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We enjoyed clambering all over Ox Bow Island which is the OLD name for this bit of heaven on the Thunder Bay River in Alpena, MI you can follow trails around the island at the edge, just KNOWING you are going to have some creepy crawler jump out at you, we called the lowest part the "devil's Classroom". the earth was moist & smelled like old decaying leaves. walking further away from the bridge, the trail goes uphill gently. now we might see royal mute swans gliding silently around the backwaters of the island. Further along the shoreline are the sandy slopes. Often young people like to swim there. Not me. I went wading, playing nature girl, & cleaning junk from the fauna growing near the shore. I got a wonderful case of swimmers itch from the still waters & the whatever the birds left on its surface that causes the rash. lesson: play in moving water. the contour of this island is variable. up & down, a meadow that's in a hollowy area & you can lie on your back & smell the smells & hear the birds & other good sounds. Now some enterprising young thing is renting out boats! there are also several fishing docks built at different spots around the island. Historically it was called Ox Bow Island, it was at the "Ox Bow" in the river across from the late Ox Bow Dairy farm. On shore, the ducks & geese became real pests because back in the 1940's we started feeding them corn. They knew a good thing, & free room & board was one. Because they procreated like rabbits, steps had to be taken to lower the population. In the 70's the teens began hanging out & sharing marijuana & other social no-no's & it was at that time the place got its ugly name "Duck Park". Most of the folks who do advertising around here from our newspaper to the chamber of commerce are not natives. They did not live here when the "old names" were used, & consequently there are a few places that have names that are "cutsey" or whatever, but don't reflect our history. This island is going to get its very own covered bridge! Tom Kendziorski is spearheading the venture & any and all who want to help will be welcome. I thing it will be AWESOME! For the ones who find clambering around a bit much, there is a road that goes up the hill from the bridge. Back in the '50's the Sportsmens club had a pavillion up in the middle of the island. Unfortunately, the vandals destroyed it & made trying to keep it in repair impossible. So they deeded it back to the city & moved off. Now it is being appreciated again as a natures microcosm of wilderness... just across the way from civilization. It's great for kids to wear themselves out running & climbing & chasing butterflies and their parents to walk leisurely along, taking the time to smell the flowers & enjoy the relaxing sights. I haven't been there in a couple of years, but there USED to be at least two long benches that were carved out of Huge trees. One was a double sided bench & the other smaller one was one sided. What a treat for your imagination to look at these big round trees that have been cut into benches! Come on over to Ox Bow Island or to Island Park that is officially now known as Duck Park. Pack a picnic lunch, enjoy!
Written May 9, 2013
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flightmedicine
USA175 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012
A nice place to go for a walk in the city. The wildlife around Duck Island are used to people; so you can usually walk up very close to observe them. Good exercise, good views, nice easy exercise.
Written February 11, 2013
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Katelyn K
Oscoda, MI8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Make it a quick stop or a long one! There is multiple geocaches on the island, along with tons of wildlife. Worth the stop
Written October 8, 2019
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