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Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry

556 E Central Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-9695
+1 800-828-6157
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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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“overflow lot” (21 reviews)
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556 E Central Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-9695
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+1 800-828-6157
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Really enjoyed this ferry service to Mackinac Island. For a first timer, it's a little unnerving to make sure you're in the right place, but the staff at Sheplers was very helpful. For other first-timers, make note that sitting up top on the ferry is...More

Thank jrschmitt2016
Ami W, Guest Relations Manager at Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hello and on behalf of everyone here at Team Shepler's, we sincerely THANK YOU for choosing to ride with us for your first visit to Michigan's Crown Jewel. We're thrilled to hear everything was to your liking and that you enjoyed. We hope your visit...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Shepler's ferry service to and from Mackinac Island was a memorable part of our little getaway! The staff is highly organized, friendly and knowledgeable. Their overnight car parking and their luggage handling were extremely convenient. The ferries themselves are immaculately clean. Dress warmer than you...More

Thank Jessica K
Ami W, Guest Relations Manager at Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hello Jessica and thank you for the fabulous five stars and your many comments. We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed and wanted to note and we actually do offer Mighty Mac departures several times each day where these trips do in fact go under the...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I enjoyed every minute of my trip to the island aboard the Shepler's boat!! Friendly, affordable service!!

Thank JMSTRS
Ami W, Guest Relations Manager at Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Greetings and THANK YOU for the glowing five stars! We appreciate the feedback and hope to see you again soon. Thanks for riding with us and for visiting Mackinac Island!

Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our third time using Shepler's and they get better everytime. Not sure how they do it, but they really do exceede my expectations.More

Thank David A N
Ami W, Public Relations Manager at Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hello David! Exceeding guest expectations is one of our favorite things to do! Happy we were able to do. On behalf of our entire team, we thank you for riding with us so many times in the past, and we definitely look forward to your...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice little ride to the island. Good prices and nice people. My 10 year old son had fun riding on the top!

Thank JENELLE J
Ami W, Guest Relations Manager at Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hello Jenelle! Happy to hear you both enjoyed your time with us! Hopefully your son had excellent weather for his top deck adventures. Thanks once again and we hope to see you on your next visit to Mackinac Island! Safe travels until then.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was a good ride. Very windy and choppy waters due to a storm coming in. Service of the crew was good too.

Thank Crystal E
Ami W, Guest Relations Manager at Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hello Crystal and thank you for the glowing five stars! We appreciate you taking the time to post and we hope to see you again in the future. Thanks for visiting Mackinac Island!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We purchased combination tickets and were confused by the online ordering. However I called and they responded both by phone and email to help. We had a great ride to and from the island.More

Thank RHJones
Ami W, Guest Relations Manager at Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hello RH and first and foremost, we'd like to apologize once again for any miscommunication regarding your tickets. We're very happy to hear all issues were swiftly resolved by our team and you were able to enjoy your visit. Thank you for choosing to ride...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

I think it was a 18 min ride ...maybe a little more,... our trip took us under the bridge on the way over . ...I loved it!! On the way back they didn't detour under the bridge and the trip back seemed to go very...More

Thank Alison H
Ami W, Guest Relations Manager at Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Greetings from the Straits of Mackinac! Thank you, Alison, for choosing to ride with us. We wanted to clarify that each vessel has a strict occupancy level which is enforced during boarding. Upon departure, some guests choose to move about and take advantage of the...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Since the weather was nice, we opted for the off-site self-valet parking: that means we parked our own car at their lot about 1/2 mile away, and used their frequent and free shuttle to access the ferry. It is a nice option, no charge. The...More

Thank kelly053
Ami W, Guest Relations Manager at Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Kelly and thank you very much for taking the time to post your fabulous five star review. We appreciate the feedback and we hope to see you again on your next visit to Michigan's Crown Jewel!

Reviewed 1 week ago

If it's chilly outside you might want to stay below or dress appropriately. They have a recorded message to listen to as you travel across the water, which takes about 15 minutes.

Thank Susan D
Ami W, Guest Relations Manager at Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Greetings Susan and thank you very much for visiting Mackinac Island, for choosing Shepler's, and of course for taking the time to post. We appreciate your wonderful four stars and hope to see you again soon.

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RajeevDaniel
Is it infant friendly place?
May 28, 2017|
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Response from Ami W | Property representative |
Sure! We're an "everyone" friendly place, even leashed pets traveling to/from the island. All aboard!
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Cheryl435
What is the cost?
May 1, 2017|
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Response from Ami W | Property representative |
$26/adult, same as last year. Thanks!
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Northwoods87
Is it safe to leave your car in the unsecured parking lot for a few days while on the island?
February 2, 2017|
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Response from Misty M | Property representative |
Thank you for the question. Mackinaw City, in general, is a very safe place. We have very few problems with our open lot. That being said, it is a public access lot and there is no guarantee that nothing will happen while... More
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