Rowing in Alpena, Michigan
Stand up paddle boarding, also known as SUP, is a sport that can be done anywhere in the world. When you catch it and find your balance on the board, it’s a great workout and a great way to explore the coast.
In Alpena, we met our guide for a shipwreck paddle from the Water Park. Many shipwrecks are located just off the coast from Alpena, and paddles can range from just half a mile to full day trips longer than 5 miles.
If you want to visit something unique, Petoskey has an underwater temple in Little Traverse Bay. The temple was built to commemorate the lost divers and every winter there is an event where people can look across the ice to see the 11-foot monument.
If getting into the water is not your cup of tea, you can take the glass-bottomed boat tour they offer in the Caribbean. Alpena Shipwreck Tours offers tours from May to October and visits some of the 116 shipwrecks in the area. The waters off Alpena are one of the most dangerous places on the Great Lakes, and they sink many ships.
Alpena is declared a National Marine Reserve and has attracted divers from around the world including the son of Jacques Cousteau Jean-Michel Cousteau as well as the discoverer of Titanic Robert Ballard.
Shipwrecks in Michigan can also be discovered by snorkeling. If you like swimming, wear a mask and fins and take a dip in the water to soak. Many ships are within 10-20 feet of water, so you can dive and get a close look at a bygone era. It is best to hire a guide to know the country and where the shipwreck occurred. Scuba diving is a lot of fun, but swimming abroad can be tiring, so be careful.
We mixed our snorkel trip with the paddle board and had a place to relax after rowing off the wreck. You can rent swimwear, paddle boards and diving gear from local dive shops and hire a guide. In Alpena, we went with the Performance Locker located in Michele e-ke-Wis Park.