Legends of Thunder Bay as Told on the Glass Bottom Lady Michigan


ALPENA, MI – Summer is certainly not over yet and fall is even more beautiful when you board the Lady Michigan Glass Bottom Boat for a tour of Thunder Bay.

Lady Michigan Glass Bottom Boat
Lady Michigan Glass Bottom Boat

Come to Alpena and you can explore the shipwrecks of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.




The crystal clear waters and large ‘glass bottom’ viewing wells of Lady Michigan allow you to dive the wrecks – without getting wet.

During the 2 hour cruise you will experience the magnificently preserved shipwrecks and the scenic shorelines of Thunder Bay. Learn the exciting tales of many famous ships and the history, legends and lore of Lake Huron.

No other place has this experience but Alpena, Michigan.  There are dozens of wrecks in the Thunder Bay area. Lake Huron and Mother Nature collaborate on which shipwrecks they’re willing to share on any given day.

Every tour aboard the Lady Michigan experiences the impressive Second Avenue Bridge close-up! The bascule-style drawbridge opens its two concrete leaves to allow tour boats, research vessels, and tall ships to pass through safely. Each side weighs 270 tons.

SputnikEvery boat leaving the Thunder Bay River, including the Lady Michigan, passes by faithful “Little Red.” It is also referred to as ‘Sputnik‘.

Since 1877, this light station has guided ships into Thunder Bay from the treacherous open waters of Lake Huron. Originally a wooden structure with a 6th order Fresnel lens, today’s light is housed in steel and fueled by electricity.

The Alpena Light, also known as the Thunder Bay River Lighthouse or Alpena Breakwater Light,is a lighthouse on Lake Huron near at the mouth of the Thunder Bay River.  Standing on the north breakwater of Alpena Harbor, the light marks the entrance to the Thunder Bay River from Thunder Bay.

The current lighthouse, built in 1914, replaced earlier wooden structures which had been in use since 1877 and 1888. The current light is a weather-protected structure on a steel frame. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2006, and the state inventory list the same year.

Its time to come and visit what the Sunrise Side of Michigan has to offer.

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Photos courtesy of Lowell Thompson – All Rights Reserved

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