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Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry

556 E. Central Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701
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Type: Ferries/ Boats
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Livonia, Michigan
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

You have to use a ferry service to get to Mackinac Island so they have a corner on the market. But the service is completely sufficient. I did find the website a bit had to use. The Grand Hotel gave me a discount code but no where on the website could I find a place to enter it. So, I... More

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New York City, New York
4 reviews 4 reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

This is just a suggestion to be careful, and not a complaint about Shepler’s service. I had made a reservation on the Internet, and pre-paid for valet car service. Upon arrival, I was directed to a parking spot, told to leave the keys in the car, and the trunk open for the suitcase transfer. I then was directed to the... More

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Santa Barbara de Samana, Dominican Republic
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71 reviews 71 reviews
16 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

What a great ride out under the bridge. The views were amazing and we got over to the island quickly. Really good facilities on both sides of the trip. We all felt very safe the whole time.

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Walloon Lake, Michigan
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Didn't want Valet,once i realized that's what the dock workers were rushing us through and into,I let it go.It's gonna rain on our departure date,so it will be nice.WRONG ! My car was nowhere near the dock or boat when we arrived .After walking through the lot looking for my car, in the rain,I find my car,with no help from... More

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Misty M, Director of Sales at Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry, responded to this review

It is most unfortunate that your experience with Shepler's was not as you had hoped. We have responded to you by mail with a refund for your tickets. Further, we have enclosed, in that mailing, VIP tickets for you to use on your next Island visit. We do have some confusion when it comes to the luggage charge you mentioned,... More

Cedar River, MI
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

We were all quite pleased with the ferry ride. Having been to Mackinac Island before, it was pretty much as expected. What we were quite pleased with was the crew. From the shuttle service to the end of our return trip, each crew member was very courteous! KUDOS to Shepler's. We will certainly use them again!

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Northwest Indiana
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77 reviews 77 reviews
28 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

For $25 each we got a round trip ride to and from Mackinac island. The boat was clean and stable. The lake was very calm the day we went, but the boat seemed very seaworthy. Great views of the Mackinac bridge and lighthouses. the ride is only like 15-20 minutes, but is pleasant. I would recommend Sheplers ferry

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Chino, California
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67 reviews 67 reviews
29 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

Great ferry service! Well trained crews and well maintained ships. On the way to the Island they take a slight detour so you can view the bridge from the bottom, and some history of the bridge and area. They have an excellent system for handling baggage to/from the Island, and for valet parking/pick up.

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Flushing, Michigan, United States
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Not much you can say on a windy and rainy day. The folks at Shepler's were respectful, helpful, departed on time and got us both ways in a safe manner. Kudos

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Independence, Missouri
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Whenever we are in Mackinac, we always use Shepler's Ferry to get to the Island. Every experience with them has been positive. The staff is kind, courteous, and knowledgeable. We try to go over on the Mighty Mac departure that takes a slight detour on the way to the Island to go under the Mackinac Bridge. Pretty incredible sight to... More

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

We have always used Shepplers to ferry us over to the island. They are a well run business that seems to care for their customers. The location is extremely convenient from Mackinaw City and once on the island.

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