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Address: 556 E Central Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-9695
Phone Number: +1 800-828-6157
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Shepler's offers 5 different Lighthouse Cruises through the Straits of...

Shepler's offers 5 different Lighthouse Cruises through the Straits of Mackinac. Each cruise is narrated by the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association. A portion of the proceeds from each cruise go to help with upkeep and restoration of area lighthouses. See the full schedule and buy tickets online.

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Your Gateway to Mackinac

We have taken Shepler's Ferry twice to the island. Their dock is right downtown Mackinaw City convenient to the stores, hotels and restaurants. They offer complimentary shutters... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have taken Shepler's Ferry twice to the island. Their dock is right downtown Mackinaw City convenient to the stores, hotels and restaurants. They offer complimentary shutters to the local hotels. They offer excellent VIP service by unloading and tagging your bags and your done. The next time you see them they are in your hotel room on the island.... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fortunately the ferry time we chose detoured under the Mackinac Bridge. It is certainly worth seeing the bridge close up and from underneath if you have time. Sheplers operate an efficient and friendly service to the Island.

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Otisville, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I witnessed one of the employees helping a gentleman in a wheel chair off the boat, with a smile and chatting the entire time with him. It was great to see.

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Menominee, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Shepler is one of three companies offering rides to Mackinac Island from both, Mackinaw City and Saint Ignace. Regardless which ferry you take, the ride is usually short, smooth with plenty to see. I would make a ferry decision based on schedules and discounts available. Book online to save a few dollars. Arnold is the only unionized company, i.e. if... More 

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Toledo, Ohio
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I loved so much about Shepler's Ferry that this review is the hardest one for me to write. The ferry itself was fun, the staff was wonderful, and our luggage was tagged and transported to Mission Point which was wonderfully convenient. The disappointment came at the end of our trip. To be fair, we were supposed to get our ticket... More 

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Northwest Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was my kids first ferry type boat ride and they LOVED the fact that we got the one with the "tail". Then on the way back my 5 year old got to sit and watch the captain do his job from the front seat with a window that looked right into his seat with all the gears, buttons, etc... More 

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Ovid, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was almost late boarding to get back to the mainland, and they held it for an extra five minutes at the request of my wife! Cool crew, polite, and the ride is incredibly smooth even over the sometimes choppy waters. The only thing I wish could have been different is the rooster tails I was currently accustomed to with... More 

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Oxford, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This was our first time to Mac Is & Shepler's Ferry made it so easy. We were staying overnight so they took our luggage & valet parking. All for a very reasonable cost. FANTASTIC! Plus, when we were there the dock was decorated beautifully for fall. Luggage transport was so easy to & from the hotel. Thanks Shepler's!

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2016

Shepler's is a little more pricey than the competitors but their schedule runs much more frequently. Book online for a cost savings, you can even do it the same day from your phone to save some money. They are on time and efficient! The morning ride over happened to be one that went under the bridge (same price) - that... More 

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Livonia, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

Clean, on time ferry service to Mackinaw Island.. what more can you ask for? There is a coffee bar on the Mackinaw City side of Shepler's. And if you stay at the Grand Hotel, Shepler's will handle your luggage for you.

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