Daytrips

Oden State Fish Hatchery

Located on 8258 South Ayr Rd. off US-31 near Oden. Check ONLINE for hours of operation, or call visitor center: 231-348-0998.

The Oden State Fish Hatchery is located next to US-31 near Oden. It plays a key role in raising trout for Michigan waterways. It holds 20,000 to 25,000 full-grown brood stock that produce more than 1 million eggs each year. The hatchery also has hundreds of thousands of smaller fish it raises for planting. Among the more popular features at the Visitor Center is a viewing chamber where you can look through a large window below stream level and see how trout behave underwater. The facility also includes a replica of the Wolverine railcar that was used to transport fish around Michigan during the early days of fisheries management. A large pond outside the facility has a pier system and viewing platform. The pond is a great place not only for people who are interested in seeing fish, but wildlife in general. More than 120 species of birds may be spotted including osprey, blue heron, and eagles.

Inland Water Route Historical Society & Marilyn Jean

Located at 6217 River St., Alanson.
Summer hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon., Wed., Fri., Sat. & Sun. Phone: 231-548-5716. On Facebook

The Inland Water Route Historical Society (IRWHS) is based in Alanson and operates a museum. It has also constructed the Marilyn Jean, a replica of a turn of the century launch that carried passengers on the lakes and rivers of the Inland Water Route.The 30-foot long Marilyn Jean was completed in the summer of 2017 and is now housed in a boathouse on the Crooked River in Alanson. Designed to hold 12 passengers and a two-man crew the boat was funded with private donations. The hull was built in Kingstown, RI and the remainder of the boat was constructed and outfitted by the Great Lakes Boat Building School in Cedarville, MI. The boat is named after the late Marilyn Jean Fairbairn, who was the original treasurer of IWRHS. For more information about the boat, contact or visit the Inland Water Route Historical Museum on River Street in Alanson. The museum holds a variety of artifacts, exhibits and information related to the history of Inland Water Route and surrounding area.

Mackinac State Historic Parks

Mackinac State Historic Parks presents three centuries of history at sites in Mackinaw City and on Mackinac Island. Mackinac State Historic Parks include: Fort Mackinac, Colonial Michilimackinac, Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park, Biddle House, and The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum. For more information and virtual tours ONLINE

Lighthouses

Lighthouses are a major tourist attraction in Michigan, and several lighthouses are located within short driving distance from Indian River. CHEBOYGAN has two lighthouses on the shore of the Cheboygan River and two more in Lake Huron that are visible from the shore. MACKINAW CITY has two lighthouses, one in downtown Mackinaw City just east of the Mackinac Bridge, and one on the Lake Michigan shoreline just outside of Mackinaw City. Seven miles north of ROGERS CITY, Forty Mile Point Lighthouse is part of Lighthouse Park.

There are 18 lighthouses in the Straits area between Beaver Island in Lake Michigan and Bois Blanc Island in Lake Huron. Sheplers Ferry out of Mackinaw City offers both westbound and eastbound lighthouse cruises throughout the summer.