Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry

Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry, Mackinaw City: Address, Phone Number, Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry Reviews: 4.5/5

Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry

Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry
4.5
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Shepler's offers 5 different Lighthouse Cruises through the Straits of Mackinac and Great lakes, each narrated by the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association. A portion of the proceeds from each cruise go to help with upkeep and restoration of these "Guardians of the Great Lakes". Complete cruise schedule and tickets available at sheplersferry.com.
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foxymamaruth
Louisville, Kentucky679 contributions
Excellent!!!!
Oct 2021
Shepler's has definitely gotten this process streamlined. Everything and every employee was super efficient and friendly. Super organized operation. I would recommend Shepler's to anyone!!! I felt perfectly safe. the ride and view were spectacular.
Written October 25, 2021
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Carol K
Marysville, MI80 contributions
Friendly and efficient
Oct 2021
This ferry service is friendly and gets the job done ! Every care is taken for safety and concern of the passengers.
Written October 24, 2021
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Kalce
Sault Ste. Marie, MI43 contributions
5 stars all day!
Oct 2021 • Couples
By far the best by recent comparison! I’ve traveled Star Line for work and won’t travel again by choice! Shepler’s has friendlier staff and a cleaner, quieter ride. Staff maintains professionalism and truly seem to enjoy their jobs. Highly recommend!
Written October 18, 2021
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Maria T
Woodridge, IL191 contributions
Bravo, Shepler's!
Oct 2021 • Couples
I am a nervous traveler and worry excessively. But taking the ferry over to Mackinac Island was one thing we didn't need to worry about!

As soon as we arrived, before we even entered their gates, a woman greeted us and asked us if we were staying overnight. She proceeded to direct us where to temporarily park and drop off our luggage. We then handed our luggage to another individual who gave us our baggage claim tickets and directed us where to purchase ferry tickets and parking. The line was relatively quick. We drove to the parking lots less than a mile away. Another person stopped us when we were nearing the lots, gave us a parking ticket and directed us to lot D where yet another person directed us exactly where to park. Minutes after we parked, a shuttle bought us back to the lot.

We just missed the 3:30 so we took the opportunity to use the relatively clean facilities. We waited for the next ferry under a covered area with limited seating. Since we arrived early, we were able to snag a bench. The ferry came on time. We chose to sit on the top deck. Make sure to sit on the left side (facing the front of the boat) to get good shots of the bridge!

Upon arrival we walked to our hotel which was conveniently right next to the dock. Our bags were brought directly to our room!

What a great overall experience. Bravo, Shepler's! I don't often give out 5 stars... But this time it was worth it!

Other:
1. You can pay extra to park right at the dock. $30 per night vs. $10. We chose the latter.
2. You can buy ferry tickets on line but not parking fees.
3. There is a Irish pub you can wait at if you arrive early.
4. Buy the $2 book on the boat - great info on the island and good map.
Written October 14, 2021
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Pinot09
Medina, OH89 contributions
Excellent ferry service from St. Ignace and back.
Oct 2021
Professional and helpful service for first time visitors. They were awesome in every aspect - directions, tips, and very, very efficient. Thoroughly enjoyable experience and a local, family run company.
Written October 12, 2021
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Indy-ND
South Bend, IN3,234 contributions
Fun ride under the bridge and then out to the island
Jun 2021
I'll start by saying that you should park in the off-site lot unless you are staying on the island. The off-site lot is free and has shuttles/buses that take you to and from the dock. The off-site lot is free, the dock lot is something like $30 a day. The shuttles are fast and efficient. The one that took us back to the car is one like you would see at a theme park with 4-5 trailers full of people.

We took one of the earlier ferries to the island, so we got to go under the Mackinac Bridge, which was pretty cool. It allows for some photo opportunities. If you want to sit up top like we did, be aware that it get VERY windy. We sat inside on the way back.
Written October 11, 2021
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FancyFree55
Florida7,389 contributions
No Senior Discount
Sep 2021
For my second experience taking a ferry to the island, I chose Shepler's boarding at the Mackinaw City pier, while my first visit a few years ago involved a trip from St. Ignace aboard the Arnold Transit Line, which apparently is no longer in business. During my recent ride, the outgoing Shepler's ferry took us on a little side trip under the Mighty Mac and we heard a bit of history about the bridge, which I enjoyed.

Having a wee bit of experience in riding ferries in a chilly climate, I opted for a front row seat in the lower enclosed deck, rather than up top in the open air. Vistas aren't 360 degrees below deck, of course, but quite a few passengers made their way downstairs during the 20-minute ride after deciding that the wind was too brisk above.

The ride was uneventful. The round trip price was $29 - no senior discount. Human passengers only - cars aren't allowed on the island, although you can pay extra to bring a bicycle. When I mentioned to the ticket agent that the Shepler's website did mention a discount for seniors ($27), she ignored me. If you happen to be staying at the Rainbow Motel in Mackinaw City, you can purchase discounted tickets there for $26 cash. Some of the other inns might offer discounted tickets. You can purchase a Mackinac Island guide on board for $2. No beverages or snacks are offered during the short ride.

Off season the boat leaves the island only one time per hour, on the hour. It departs the dock precisely on schedule. Get lined up early to secure seating on one of the benches provided. Otherwise it's a long wait while standing.
Written October 6, 2021
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Jess O
2 contributions
Exciting!
Sep 2021 • Family
The boat's were nice and spacious. Staff seemed proficient and knowledgeable. Beautiful view of lake Huron!
Written October 4, 2021
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Stephen G
Holly, MI60 contributions
Outstanding
Oct 2021 • Couples
Outstanding service and a fun and fast ride to the island. Good price for round trip tickets. The ride was very comfortable as were the seats. Long lines but what do you expect!
Written October 2, 2021
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50StateVisitor
Randolph, NJ958 contributions
Operates on Schedule
Sep 2021
Free parking lot and shuttle bus to the dock. On-time departure. Quick trip to Mackinac Island. You might get wet up top on a windy day. Avoid the uncomfortable tractor-pulled trailers with limited legroom when you return. Save $2 per ticket by buying online in advance (no service "convenience" fee) to ensure that you can book the departure time that you want and get right on the boat.
Written October 1, 2021
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