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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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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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There are several other cruise companies in Mackinaw City, but Shepler's is, I think, the oldest, and in any case undoubtedly the best. Its dock is located in central Mackinaw... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are several other cruise companies in Mackinaw City, but Shepler's is, I think, the oldest, and in any case undoubtedly the best. Its dock is located in central Mackinaw City; Shepler's offers the usual trip back and forth to Mackinac Island, but also longer trips to lighthouses in the immediate area of the Bridge. The crews are very well... More 

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Toledo, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015 via mobile

The Eastern cruise was wonderful and very informative. Terry Pepper does a great job of explaining and interpreting history and culture of the lights and keepers. The boat is very comfortable with heat below and wind above. We had a super time and will come back for the other tours next year. Well worth the cost and the time.

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Chicago, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

You came up here for the water - what better way to appreciate it than in a boat? Approaching the island and Mackinaw City on the return reminds you that you should have booked a hotel on the island instead.

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Concord, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

The 2 hour trip took us under the Mackinac Bridge. We got close up views of 5 lighthouses. The narrator gave us a lot of good lighthouse and shipping information.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

Worth every cent. Informative captain, many wonderful pictures and taking our friends the next time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Only way I take to the Island. Cheaper, great parking, and friendly employees! Boats were very clean and the ride was great!!

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West Olive, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Great staff, very friendly. Scheduling was very convenient. Ferry was clean and comfortable. The ability to buy online and get a discount was great.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

If you have the time, I highly recommend the tour. The lakes are an amazing place and quite an adventure when the chop is high.

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Mackinaw City, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

It was nice to get up close and personal with so many lighthouses that I would never of gotten the chance to otherwise if it wasnt for this excursion. Plenty of photo op's and well spoken speaker

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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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