Chris Roxburgh, Michigan shipwreck explorer (photo by Chris)

Chris Roxburgh, a renowned underwater photographer and author, has gained widespread recognition for his exceptional work capturing shipwrecks in the Great Lakes region.

He is the author of the highly acclaimed hardcover nonfiction book “Leelanau Underwater,” which has become the top-selling book in Northern Michigan. This book vividly showcases the shipwrecks in his hometown of The Manitou Passage, situated in Leelanau County, Michigan.

Chris’s impressive work has been featured in several prominent publications, including the History Channel, Outside magazine, and The Smithsonian, among others, as he continues to document shipwrecks throughout the Great Lakes region.

In addition to his artistic accomplishments, he is actively working to raise awareness about the growing problem of plastics pollution in the Great Lakes, and he is a passionate advocate for preserving and protecting our precious waters.

Chris will be showcasing his videos and photos of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Exploring Shipwrecks of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary lecture w/ Chris Roxburgh (photo by Chris)

What:          Exploring Shipwrecks of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary lecture w/ Chris Roxburgh

When:         Thursday, August 17, 2023

Where:        Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center (500 W. Fletcher st, Alpena, MI)

Time:          6:30 p.m. doors/ 7:00 p.m. lecture

Cost:           Free

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Michigan shipwreck diver’s fascinating look at one of Lake Michigan’s most dangerous places: the famous Manitou Passage shipping corridor


JobbieCrew’s recommendation on other Alpena experiences:

Hillman-Jack’s Landing Fishing Resort on Fletcher’s Pond (20836 Tennis Road) amazingly fun experience on a beautiful lake

Jack’s Landing on Fletcher’s Pond

Alpena-Austin Brothers Brewery (821 W. Miller) get the prime rib sandwich

Prime rib sandwich @ Austin Bros Brewery (Alpena, Michigan)

Alpena-Mango’s Tequila Bar (121 W. Chrisholm) wet burrito, fajitas, protein bowls, quesadillas, and yes, giant margaritas

Alpena-Black Sheep Pub (113 S. 2nd) British-style pub

Alpena-Lee’s Mini Golf (1016 S. State) c. 1961; considered one of the most challenging mini-golf courses in the USA

Alpena-Fletcher Library (211 N. First ave) world’s largest collection of 1800’s Great Lakes ship photos and records, the Great Lakes Maritime Collection, aka the Thunder Bay Sanctuary Research Collection

Alpena-Alpena Breakwater Light (250 Prentiss St) at 14 feet tall, this is the shortest lighthouse in Michigan. Fun fact: the state of Michigan has 129 lighthouses, more than any other state in the USA

Alpena-El Cajon Bay Underwater Sinkhole (GPS: 45.08629, -83.31786) you can scuba dive this massive underwater sinkhole!

El Cajon Bay Underwater Sinkhole (Alpena, MI)

Alpena-Court Yard Ristorante (2024 US 23-South) surprisingly good bread, salmon, mac and cheese, etc.

Alpena-Great Lakes Divers (400 Cedar st) scuba dive sunken shipwrecks!

Alpena-Alpena specializing in shipwreck snorkeling and guided sinkhole hiking excursions

Alpena-Rockport State Rec Area old limestone quarry loaded with 400 million year old fossils

Ossineke-Connie’s Cafe (11585 US 23-South) three words: jumbo cinnamon rolls. Wow!

Presque Isle-Besser Natural Area (12057 E. Grand Lake rd) 20mins north of Alpena; hiking trails through the spooky old village of Bell, which was abandoned around 1900; virgin stand of white pine, a lagoon, secluded sandy beach; shipwrecks off shore

Rogers City-Port of Calcite-the world’s largest open pit limestone quarry and one of the largest shipping ports on the Great Lakes. There’s an observation platform here where you can climb up and see the world’s largest limestone quarry.

Onaway-Black Lake (Sturgeon capital of Michigan)

Onaway-Ocqueoc Falls (largest waterfall in Michigan’s lower peninsula)


Alpena Shipwreck Tours: Glass bottom boat tour of shipwrecks in Thunder Bay (Alpena, Michigan)

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