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.
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
Buy book Leelanau Underwater
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
Alpena-Austin Brothers Brewery (821 W. Miller) get the prime rib sandwich
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!
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 Adventures.com 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)