The Inland Water Route Historical Society was founded in August of 2004.

Summer Hours of Operation are: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm M-W-F-Sa-Su.

We are dedicated to maintaining and preserving the History of the Inland Water Route of Northern Michigan.

We have nice displays that include photos and artifacts on each community along the entire water route, including Conway, Oden, Ponshewaing, Alanson, Indian River, Topinabee, and Cheboygan.

We also have special focus displays on logging, railroad use, and lodging as it pertained to the early settlement years of the water route.

Visit our gift shop with Old Charts (reproductions), relief maps of each lake, hats, coffee mugs, placemats, coasters, sweatshirts, and more. We also have two books related to the water route that we publish. These books are very good easy summer reading books. They are: In the Wake of the Topinabee by Browne, and Then Came May by Hufford, and make excellent gifts.

IWRHS Location- Downtown Alanson, 1 block East of US- 31 on River Street.

IWRHS Location –

Downtown Alanson, 1 block East of US- 31 on River Street.

Donate to the IWRHS by clicking “Become a Member” below.

Thank you for supporting the IWRHS!

2 thoughts on “About

  1. I am wondering if there is a way to buy items from your gift shop off season. Our family has vacationed in the Crooked Lake/Bert Lake area for many years and I wanted to get a gift for my father-in-law that I saw while there this summer.

  2. I just found out that Wayne may not be available when I have my vintage boat cruise this Monday the 9th. I had arranged for the Museum to be used for our lunch site. Could someone call me to confirm? 517-230-3123 and 231 252 8042.
    Also he was also going to open the boathouse so we could view the Truscott 30. Thank you.

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