The Alger Underwater Preserve offers several unusual diving and viewing attractions. The cold waters of Lake Superior and Munising Bay prevent algae growth and the effects of natural decay, leaving beautifully intact and visible remains of over a dozen shipwrecks. An underwater "museum" is located in the dock ruins just offshore from the Munising High School. This easily accessed site features underwater signs interpreting large maritime artifacts from the region. In addition to the maritime history under the water surface,, wave action continues to add to the beauty, carving out "sea caves" along the Lake Superior coastline. Visit the Alger Underwater Preserve Website.
Grand Island is located in Lake Superior about one-half mile off shore from Munising. A National Recreation Area since 1988, the 22-square mile island's scenic natural beauty and interesting history make it an attractive place for a full day's mountain bike trip or a backcountry overnight stay. A daily narrated bus tour of the southern part of the island is available from June to October. Limited ATV use is possible, with a permit. For more detailed information on the island, contact the National Forest Service at (906) 387-3700. Or, visit the Grand Island National Recreation Area website.
Altran Bus Tour | 1.906.387.4845
Grand Island Ferry Service & Bike Rentals | 1.906.387.3503
Northern Waters | 1.906.387.2323 | Email
Riptide Ride | 1.906.387.8888 | Email
Uncle Ducky Outfitters | 1.906.228.5447 | Email
Located in Michigan's wild and scenic Upper Peninsula, the Hiawatha National Forest is known as "the Great Lakes National Forest." The Forest's dramatic shorelines lie nestled up to Lakes Superior, Huron and Michigan -- three of the five great lakes -- where our outstanding lakeshores, lighthouses, islands and snow create a playground and place of respite within a day's drive from major urban and rural areas of Michigan, Wisconsin, other nearby states and international locations. For more information, Visit the Hiawatha National Forest website.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Your visit to the Pictured Rocks may be an hour or two, or you may spend a week or more along the 42-mile shoreline. Some of the main attractions include Munising Falls, Sand Point, Miners Castle, Beach, and Falls, the Chapel and Beaver Basin hiking trails, the Log Slide, Twelvemile Beach, the AuSable Light Station, the Grand Sable Dunes and Lake, and Sable Falls. The winter months attract many visitors for snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice climbing, and more. To learn more about the Lakeshore, including hiking, camping, and other opportunities, please visit the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore website.
Our local tours offer a great way to experience the Alger County "Sites to See". There are several locations to rent kayaks, bikes, boats and more. Consider a Pictured Rocks Cruise along the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, or perhaps a Glass Bottom Shipwreck Tour over the Alger Underwater Preserve. Explore away!
For more information, please Contact the Alger County Chamber of Commerce.
Alger County has dozens of amazing waterfalls. Please visit the Waterfalls Web Page for more information including Waterfall Maps to more than 21 area waterfalls.
Check out our recreation page for more "things to do."