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Previously called Sportsman Island, and Oxbow Lake, the city-managed island houses 17 acres of varied and distinct ecosystems as well as extensive trail systems. Meadows, oak grove, pine forest and cedar marsh areas radiate with beauty and wildlife. Hike through the woodlands, or travel the gentle sloping trails along the 4,400 feet of Thunder Bay River shoreline. With a variety of ecosystems, no two paths are alike. There are several fishing platforms and a lookout area that is handicap accessible.
Island Park is located on the Thunder Bay River, at the corner of US-23 and Long Rapids Road. Access to the island is gained by way of a beautifully hand-hewn covered wooden bridge, created by Michael Kendziorski. The bridge and the island are closed to vehicles. (Please contact the city if additional access is needed to reach the handicapped accessible viewing area). Visitors are encouraged to remain on the trails to help preserve the fragile ecosystems of the island. Please, “Take only pictures, and leave only footprints.”

Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary