Alcona County is
the Heart of the Sunrise Side
Photo credit to Gary Wojcik
County – which comprises the communities of Barton City, Black River, Curran,
Greenbush, Glennie, Harrisville, Hubbard Lake, Lincoln, Mikado and Spruce
– provides visitors with a variety of scenic beauty, unique shopping opportunities,
dining experiences and outdoor activities. From the sparkling shoreline
of Lake Huron on its eastern border to the beautiful national forest on
its western border, Alcona County’s rural setting is a wonder to behold.
In Alcona County – located
north of Tawas, Oscoda and West Branch and south of Alpena -- the pace
is slower, the people friendlier and the air cleaner. The congestion of
larger communities is nonexistent with the natural beauty of northeastern
Michigan soothing and enticing.
Alcona County has something
for everyone especially if you enjoy golfing, hunting, fishing, canoeing,
boating, camping, hiking, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, shopping
and dining. The rural county is also well known for many of its events
held from June through September including music at the harbor, Fourth
of July celebrations, an antique show, a wine and food festival, car shows,
a farmer’s market and arts and craft shows.
|Golfers can spend an entire
week golfing their way through Alcona County and surrounding communities.
Anyone interested in visiting historic sites are in luck while visiting
the area – there are two historic train depots in Lincoln and Harrisville
and Sturgeon Point Lighthouse located just north of Harrisville.
If your tastebuds are tempting you to try the local cuisine – you are in
luck for there are a variety of places to eat to your heart’s content.
From ice cream to family dining or fine dining, all types of pallets will
An angler’s paradise, there
are more than 20 inland lakes and streams that give anglers an opportunity
to catch a variety of fish. If you want the adventure of the “big lake”
with your own boat or by charter, Lake Huron is your dream come true! Hubbard
Lake, one of the largest inland lakes in Michigan, boasts excellent walleye
fishing. Alcona Pond, which is part of the AuSable River system, enjoys
catches of pan fish throughout the season.
Outdoorsmen in pursuit of
bagging game have a wide variety of locations to do so. Hunters will see
plenty of deer and turkey, a few bear and coyote, and the elusive bob cat
once in awhile. With large tracts of private, state and federal land which
is open to the public, Alcona County is a hunter’s paradise.
enthusiasts will enjoy hiking, bird watching and in the winter, cross country
skiing in the Reid Lake and Hoist Lake foot trail systems. Camping opportunities
abound from the Harrisville State Park on Lake Huron to Alcona Park on
Alcona Pond just west of Glennie to rustic camping on forest service land
to privately owned campgrounds scattered throughout the county. Canoeing
and kayaking along the AuSable and Pine rivers and on the various larger
lakes gives a perfect opportunity to travel quietly along the waterways
to view bald eagles, osprey, deer, ducks, geese and trumpeter swans in
their natural habitat.
Photo credit to Al Broadwood
|There is family fun for
everyone whether it is canoeing the mighty AuSable River, playing on the
sandy shores of Lake Huron, camping under the starry skies or visiting
Sturgeon Point Lighthouse. Explore and experience Alcona County – the Heart
of the Sunrise Side.
Cheryl L. Peterson, Publisher
& Editor :
John D. Boufford, Production
Eileen Roe, Circulation