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Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry

556 E Central Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-9695
+1 800-828-6157
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Boat trips are always fun!

I loved watching the ferry operate from my motel room. Evidently some trips go directly to... read more

Reviewed yesterday
patricia7772015
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Elkton, Florida
Quick smooth sailing.

Booked our trip to Mackinaw Island online: The weather was terrible but the ride over was quick and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
limeyguy
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Shepler's offers 5 different Lighthouse Cruises through the Straits of Mackinac. Each cruise is narrated by the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association. A portion of the proceeds from each cruise go to help with upkeep and restoration of area lighthouses. See the full schedule and buy tickets online.
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556 E Central Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-9695
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Reviewed yesterday

I loved watching the ferry operate from my motel room. Evidently some trips go directly to Mackinac Island, and some take a detour to pass under the Mackinac Bridge, which is what I did on the way to Grand Island. It was fun.

Thank patricia7772015
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Booked our trip to Mackinaw Island online: The weather was terrible but the ride over was quick and very smooth. Shuttle from hotel was super convenient.

Thank limeyguy
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I have been using Shepler's for ferry service, exclusively, for more than 17 years. I started riding their ferries when I lived on the island (not working for Shepler's), and will never use any other service! They have THE best staff, the best boats, and...More

Thank Rachel M
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Took this ferry to Mackinaw island and had a berry enjoyable boat ride. Sat in the lower deck to not get wet. Expert boat captain made great movements with docking and was really amazing.

Thank Popparod
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This was our first visit and we can't wait to return. The shuttle was very easy to use. We parked in a parking lot behind the giant Starbucks (you can't miss it) and rode the shuttle over to the ferry. We bought our tickets online...More

Thank Smithova
Ami W, Guest Relations Manager at Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Greetings and thank you so much for choosing Shepler's for your FIRST Mackinac Island experience. We're happy to hear you all enjoyed! We wanted to note that actually there is no fee for pets, regardless of size. Our policy allows for leashed, domestic non-exotic pets...More

Reviewed 3 days ago

Reasonable prices. The ferry was on time, all staff are wonderful, and it was an all-round fun trip!More

Thank Rosebush20
Ami W, Guest Relations Manager at Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Rosebush, on behalf of our entire crew here on the Straits, we want to thank you for riding with us and for posting. We love seeing the glowing five stars from guests such as yourself. Thanks once again and we hope to see you again...More

Reviewed 3 days ago

We had a group of 40 Seniors on a Lake Michigan Circle tour, and while we expected a nice ride to the Island, we were treated with a bit of history about the bridge and the Island. Well done.More

Thank Ed W
Ami W, Guest Relations Manager at Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hello Ed and thank you so much for choosing Shepler's for your Mackinac Island transportation. We appreciate you taking the time to post about your experience and we're happy to hear that the group was able to experience one of our daily Mighty Mac tours....More

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Shepler's ferry should be the number one ferry to travel to Mackinaw Island it was fast , affordable, and really perfect.

Thank travel2gether78
Ami W, Guest Relations Manager at Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

First trip?!?! Well we're happy to hear it was a good one. Thanks for visiting and for taking the time to post. Hopefully we'll see you again many times into the future.

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Welcoming, helpful staff. Pleasant ride from Mackinaw City to the Island. Friendly worker gave kids "I rode Shepler's" stickers. Young kids enjoyed the ride and view on the top deck on a nice, not too cool day. If you print tickets online ahead of time,...More

Thank Rebeck6
Ami W, Guest Relations Manager at Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hello Rebeck and thanks so much for choosing Shepler's for your Mackinac Island experience! We're happy to hear you enjoyed and we appreciate the fabulous five star review. Come back next season for some warmer weather. Thanks again and YES YES YES, always retain your...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

Sheplers was close to our hotel, and offered parking for the day with a shuttle to take us to and from the ferry.

Thank beckyvanstensel
Ami W, Guest Relations Manager at Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Greetings Becky and thank you so much for the glowing five star review! We appreciate you choosing to ride with us for your Mackinac Island adventure and we hope to see you again on your next visit.

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Genaro R
26 August 2017|
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Response from deanjp2015 | Reviewed this property |
Either in Mackinaw City or St. Ignace. The signs and directions are everywhere.
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DanM1976
29 July 2017|
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Response from JENELLE J | Reviewed this property |
We stayed at the clarion hotel. It was nice, clean and reasonable. I think I paid $75 a night. They have a pool, hot tub, game room, good breakfast, close to everything and it's on the water.
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DanM1976
28 July 2017|
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Response from LTCB1 | Reviewed this property |
You can choose to get on at either the St. Ignace location or the Mackinaw City location. If you are coming from Southern Michigan you will come to Mackinaw city first and can board from there. If you want to drive across... More
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