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Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry

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Address: 556 E Central Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-9695
Phone Number: 800-828-6157
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Ferry to the Island

The ferry ride was perfect. Smooth and very clean. Also included narration which was a nice plus. The views from the ferry are beautiful !!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Marilyn L
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Richmond, Texas, United States
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Richmond, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The ferry ride was perfect. Smooth and very clean. Also included narration which was a nice plus. The views from the ferry are beautiful !!

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Mount Pleasant, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Every year I visit the Straits of Mackinac and stay in Mackinaw City. For my trips to Mackinac Island, I choose Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry. Shepler's slogan is "Nobody does it better." Fortunately, it is MUCh more than a slogan with them. Every single employee has the same purpose: serve customers to the best of their ability. This is abundantly... More 

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Coopersville, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have taken Sheplers boats for many years to get to Mackinac Island and it never gets tiring. This is a fun boat ride and its also relaxing. Its really fun when we go over big waves. It takes about 16minutes but seems shorter than that. Its also nice to see the bridge from a different angle.

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Thank Debbie K
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have nothing bad to say about Shepler's. However, after talking to some other travelers I learned that they are the most expensive out of the options, so I will try another vendor next time and see if the quality is the same.

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Thank Tameka W
Grand Haven, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

From the friendly staff on land to the staff on the boat they are very nice people, we traveled with 9 Adults & 1 Baby. Very smooth ride & rather quickly, price is right in line for a vacation spot.

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Thank Nancy K
Princeton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We took Shepler's Ferry from St. Ignace to Mackinac. The parking is ample- a bit far from the ship, but you can unload your luggage shipside first. The crew & staff are friendly & helpful. There is a small waiting room/area w/ restrooms if the weather is cool or damp, but it was nice outside & we enjoyed the small... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was my first trip across to the Island on Shepler's. I've taken Arnold's mostly, and Starline a couple of times. While Shepler's had a nice looking dock, and the boat was clean, something was missing. I didn't get the same excitement from this boat as I did the others. I can't say anything bad, it was a nice ride.

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Thank Gmerrill44
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Boat left on time. Great service by staff, did valet parking. Cost is worth it. Staff shuttled our bikes on & off boat for us. Quick ride to the island.

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Thank Angela E
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Shepler's is the best the crew is awesome and the boats are great. I traveled with my Newfoundland Breslyn and everyone was so good about having her with me and asking me if I needed anything. Thank you Shepler's

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Wayne, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

took one of the trips offered that go under the bridge on the way to the island. rainy morning but well worth sitting on the top deck in my rain poncho!

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