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Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry

556 E. Central Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701
800-828-6157
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76 reviews 76 reviews
18 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Quick trip for $23 each, kids under 5 are free. Clean boat out of Mackinac City and on the island in about 20 mins. Lots of seats so no long line for us. We bought tickets on line before we arrived, actually about 5 mins before. Just needed the confirmation number at the dedicated window. Boats run every half hour,... More

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Okemos, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We had a great experience with this company for our first time visit to the Island. Everything is so easy, from the online ticket booking to a nice bathroom stop while waiting to getting a text as you pull into the harbor to find out where your car is located. Luggage handling is very organized, and there is a lot... More

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Montreal, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Ferry left on time both going to the Island and off the Island. During peak season this ferry leaves every half hour which is convenient. Our bikes made the crossing without mishap. Another plus to this ferry service is that they did not stop at another location to take on passengers before heading out to Mackinac Island. That was a... More

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Traverse City, Michigan
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

My wife and I took our Aunts to Mackinaw Island and in 30 Years we have never travelled to the Island without using Sheplers. Again here is why, when I stopped the car I was instructed to park and let the Currier take our bags, The ticket window was busy but my agent was very friendly and it happens it... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

I hadn't been on Mackinaw Island in many years so couldn't remember which ferry service to take. Shepler's is by far the best one, the price was great as we got a military discount (remember to ask). The ride over to the island is only 16 minutes long, bring a jacket if you plan on riding on the top deck,... More

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Estes Park, Colorado
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

This is going to sound like I work for the Ferry company, but if you look at my number of TA reviews you will see I am simply a traveler. The Shepler Ferry service is an example of how to run a business right. The employees (they call Cast) are kind, informative, and cleancut. The boats are ship shape, clean... More

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Kalamazoo, MI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

As Arnold Transit Co. is having problems and is currently using their old ferry boats and have dry-docked their popular catamarans, we decided to try Shepler's. Not disappointed. Good service from parking car to boarding ferry to cruise to island. Very clean operation. Cordial, pleasant staff. A deck hand even used a carpet sweeper in the cabin on the trip... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Nice way to get to the island if you do not have your own plane or boat. Well maintained boats and well run organization. There are a few trips each day that go under the bridge which is cool if you have never done it. All the boats charge about the same, Shepler does it as well or better than... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This is a transportation company that delivers great service. The valet parking makes dropping off stuff easy and then on your return to the mainland, you are texted the location of your car. Very smooth, especially when transporting lots of people and stuff during the height of the tourist season.

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Senior Contributor
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I have been to Mackinac island a couple times and have always sailed with Arnold's but found they have gone back to the older slower boaters so I tried Sheppler's. The staff were efficient at Mackinac city and Mackinac island. I would travel with them again on my future travels to the island.

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