We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Shepler's Lighthouse Cruises

556 E. Central Avenue, Mackinaw City, MI
+1 231-436-5023
Website
Improve this listing
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ships, Lighthouses
Owner description: Sail the Straits of Mackinac! Sixteen historic lighthouses lie within easy cruising distance of Mackinaw City. Travel in comfort and safety on... more » Owner description: Sail the Straits of Mackinac! Sixteen historic lighthouses lie within easy cruising distance of Mackinaw City. Travel in comfort and safety on Shepler's spacious vessels during these fascinating tours. For close to three centuries, the Straits of Mackinac has been a vital nautical thoroughfare, providing passage between Lakes Huron and Michigan. But traveling its famed blue waters has not come without risk. Over the many decades, lighthouses were built to protect mariners from dangerous shoals and reefs. Each has a story to tell. Shepler's exclusive Lighthouse Cruises are voyages of discovery. Guests are treated to awe-inspiring views and the fascinating history surrounding these Great Lakes guardians. « less
Write a Review

50 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    41
    5
    3
    0
    1
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Michigan
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

The boats were exactly on time! They did not mess around. They were efficient, quick and did their job. No fuss, no muss!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Nevis, Minnesota, United States
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

It was a rainy day so we sat down below, price was good for service. The staff was friendly and helpful. The ride over was smooth and scenic but it was cloudy out. The ride home was very bumpy but the captain warned us and they made sure we were seated and safe.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Rochester, Minnesota
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We enjoyed this line very much. Try and go to 9:00, 9:30 or 10:00 as they go under the bridge and talk about it for the same price as going at other times. It was pretty cool. A very fast well organized cruise line.

Was this review helpful? Yes
SW Florida
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
23 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

From reservations to the boat ride everything was done professionally. Free parking, free shuttle service and speedy service. They know what they are doing! IMHO Mackinaw Island is one big tourist trap. Of course my wife, the shopper, disagrees but she's not writing the review!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hartland,Mi
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

My husband and I did the eastern lighthouse cruise on 8/4/2014.This was a awesome trip.Terry Pepper was very informative about all of the lights that we were able to see.We are already planning for next summer.Thank You GLLKA

Was this review helpful? Yes
Canton, Michigan
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Chose this option because it was fast and offered more frequent trips and later return trips from the Island back to the mainland.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

If you are interested in great lakes lighthouses, this is the trip for you. But be aware, you are out in the open lakes which can be very windy and rough. Dress accordingly. Summer weather temperatures in northern Michigan are cooler than the rest of the state, especially when you are on or near the water. Sheplers does a great... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ohio
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

This was a quick ride to Mackinac Island. Boat was clean and cast friendly. The lines were long though. Get there early so that you don't have to wait another 1/2 hour.

Was this review helpful? Yes
SheplersFerry, Manager at Shepler's Lighthouse Cruises, responded to this review

Thank you for the review, but we think this might be on the wrong page. We have two pages, one for the Ferry to Mackinac Island and one for our Lighthouse Cruises. This page is designated for our narrated Lighthouse Cruises. Each of these cruises is 3-5 hours in length and narrated by the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association. We... More

Detroit, Mi
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Excellent commentary on how various lighthouses were built; the history of the individual lighthouses(one was used as a bombing target in WWII) and how The Lighthouse Association goes about it's remarkable job of maintaining these structures.

Was this review helpful? Yes
SheplersFerry, Manager at Shepler's Lighthouse Cruises, responded to this review

We are always happy to hear when our guests enjoy our lighthouse cruises. We have worked really hard to perfect these cruises and we are constantly making upgrades so each cruise is different. With 5 routes to choose from, you will always learn something new! We hope to see you on another cruise in the future! More

Detroit, Michigan
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

There are 5 different lighthouse tours ranging from 3-5 hours in length. (Probably not suited for very young children.) It gets cold out there on the water so be sure to bring a wind breaker jacket and good shoes and you will be moving from the lower deck to the upper deck. The Captain always slows down and stops at... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
SheplersFerry, Manager at Shepler's Lighthouse Cruises, responded to this review

We think you should come write our ads for us! You did an excellent job summing up what you can experience on one of our Lighthouse Cruises! We hope to see you on another cruise soon! More

Travelers who viewed Shepler's Lighthouse Cruises also viewed

Mackinaw City, Cheboygan County
Mackinaw City, Cheboygan County
 
Mackinaw City, Cheboygan County
Mackinaw City, Cheboygan County
 

Been to Shepler's Lighthouse Cruises? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Shepler's Lighthouse Cruises, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing