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Address: PO Box 1157, Leland, MI 49654
Phone Number: 231-256-9061
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Tumultous folled by calm!

We checked in at 9:15 a.m. and boarded the boat at 10:00 a.m. During our 45 minutes wait, we explored the attractive Fishtown that seemed to be living in the past. So... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

We checked in at 9:15 a.m. and boarded the boat at 10:00 a.m. During our 45 minutes wait, we explored the attractive Fishtown that seemed to be living in the past. So rustic! On our way to South Manitou Island, we had a fun tumultuous trip. where waves kept us on our toes. The waves were so high, that fresh... More 

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Bloomingdale, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

My wife and I took the day trip to Manitou Island. BRING WARM CLOTHES! This was in July. We got on the boat and sat up top for the full experience. 20 minutes out and it was COLD. We are campers and had brought some extra clothes and a blanket. The people that didn't literally froze. There were families with... More 

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Sunrise, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Went on a trip to South Manitou Island with three friends of mine on the last weekend in September. The ferry ride was reasonably priced and they have beer and snacks for sale as well. We thought that they would have sandwiches for sale as well but they did not have them that late in the season. The crew was... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

I would have loved the day trip to South Manitou, but we just ran out of time. The evening shoreline cruise is a great way too see the shore from the water. The crew is very informative and friendly. The sights were beautiful, and my boys had fun on the ferry. I would recommend arriving early to get a seat... More 

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Cedar Springs, Michigan, United States
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4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

If there is a drawback to visiting either South or North Manitou it is the cost of Ferry ride. You must remember that the cost of fuel has risen sharply and Manitou Island Transit has no choice but to pass that on to you the traveler. Sometimes the crew can be cranky but usually are very friendly and helpful. I... More 

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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We took this wonderful ferry to South Manitou Island. We only did the day trip. The ride to the island was amazing. And the crew are really nice. We did the tour and they do a great job to show you the island. They do charge you $10 but its worth it. And the lighthouse is a must! Don't forget... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Good crew, good boat, nice passage. We did the day trip to South Manitou Island and the tour to the lighthouse and cedar trees. Great tour, Cam is great and very knowledgeable. Warning, the walks are strenuous, especially to the cedars. This is an active tour. We also swam to the shipwreck off shore. The lightouse offers an amazing view... More 

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Berkley, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This was my return visit to South Manitou Island out of Leland, MI in July 2014. My last visit to the island was 20 years ago and the fond memories I had from my younger days were honored on this last visit with my family. The innate beauty of the island and its tranquility brought us all great peace and... More 

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We took the ferry over to South Manitou on July 4. The only problem: I had made my reservation for July 5 and we had shown up a day early by mistake (we were camping in the area). No problem! Without a problem they simply switched us to that day and off we went. No hassle, No attitude. Employees on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Had a great visit to South Manitou Island with my 2 children. The folks at the ferry company at were great. Snacks and beverages are available on board. Indeed, Tom Mendenhall is the best, engaged and informative. The crossing took 1.5 hours and the island tour was well worth the $10 fee. Take mosquito spray and water. There is potable... More 

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