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Shepler's Lighthouse Cruises

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Address: 556 E. Central Avenue, Mackinaw City, MI
Phone Number: +1 231-436-5023
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Description: Sail the Straits of Mackinac! Sixteen historic lighthouses lie within easy...
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.
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We took the West Cruise and it was amazing. We got right up close and personal with almost every lighthouse. Terry Pepper did an awesome job at describing each light house and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2015
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South Lyon, Michigan
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South Lyon, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We took the West Cruise and it was amazing. We got right up close and personal with almost every lighthouse. Terry Pepper did an awesome job at describing each light house and it was very educational. Next visit will be the East cruise, definitely!!!

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Lansing, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Well run ferry service to the island. Excellent value for a 2 day pass. Was on time for the 2 days that we rode it. Very clean.

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Royal Oak, Michigan
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42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

We had a hazy day but they get you real close to the lighthouses. Pick a clear calm day to make the most of it. The guide and speaker was the best. Very knowledgeable of history and construction of each.

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Oregon, Ohio
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21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

I took the extended East cruise on 6/30 then the extended West the next day. Great cruises with plenty of photo opps and Terry Pepper out guide was very informative.

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Spring Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

The guide was was informative. Knew a lot of the history of the lighthouses. This trip was well worth the money.

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

I got my "e-ticket" online (and printed it out at home) which was very convenient. Unfortunately, on the day of my "Westward Cruise" into Lake Michigan, there were 9-foot swells driven by high winds near White Shoal Light. For safety's sake, Shepler's cancelled the cruise. Since I was mainly going to take photos of the lighthouses on the cruise itinerary,... More 

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Au Train, MI
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Our west bound cruise took place during the first Michigan Lighthouse Festival. We left from St. Ignace as that was where the festival was being held. It was a very cool evening, but the lake straits were quite calm. The boat was filled, but there was enough room for everyone to be on the top deck, or down below when... More 

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Windsor, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

We took the last cruise of the day the final weekend of the season. The fall colors and the sunset were breathtaking. The staff and crew were friendly. The lake was beautiful and the waters clear and deep. What an experience !! A must see. You cannot see the beauty from the land, you must take the cruise. Their website... More 

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Orland Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Shepler's employees are always helpful and will answer your questions. If one of them does not have an answer they will find it for you. This is the best ride to the Island

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Friendly and helpful staff. On time and you get to the island quickly. Very clean and comfortable. Would definitely use again.

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Address: 556 E. Central Avenue, Mackinaw City, MI
Phone Number: +1 231-436-5023
Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Cheboygan County  >  Mackinaw City

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