Located in northwestern Lake Huron, Thunder Bay is adjacent to one of the most treacherous stretches of water within the Great Lakes system, earning the area the name of, "Shipwreck Alley." Today, the 448-square-mile Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary protects one of America's best preserved and nationally significant collections of shipwrecks. It also encompasses all of the cultural and natural features related to maritime heritage. Lifesaving stations, lighthouses, historic boats and ships, commercial fishing camps, docks, and working ports are among the more obvious historic and archaeological features.

The visitor center boasts examples of Native American fishing canoes and gear, and the Lake Huron waters of the Sanctuary are home to several historic sunken fishing vessels. Occasionally, the visitor center hosts temporary exhibitions of replica historic Mackinaw Boats built by the Heritage Coast Sailing & Rowing organization.

Visit the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Visitor Center to explore more! 

500 W. Fletcher Street
Alpena, MI 49707
GPS: 45.06885, -83.43468
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