Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry

Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry

Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry
4.5
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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  • Love Dogs 143
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great ferry!
    Great ferry service to/from Mac Island! Very friendly and helpful staff and smooth ride. Free parking on site for the day (different lot for overnight). Our ferry also went under the Mac Bridge (no extra charge) and it was interesting to learn a few facts about it. Shepler's also gives a generous military discount to all veterans and their immediate family (we had 3). You can also take a shuttle to the ferry from various hotels free of charge. This is ferry service is highly recommended.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 30, 2023
  • Dream174727
    24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Friendly and professional
    The staff were friendly and professional. We got a free shuttle from the hotel, which we didn't here about until we checked in at the hotel and asked about it. We used a multi-day ticket that allowed us multiple uses during the day. This allowed us to go to both Mackinaw City and St. Ignace.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 21, 2023
  • Bruce R
    Portage, Michigan77 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great service!
    Every employee we encountered was helpful and nice. The person that met us when we pulled into the lot told us exactly where to go and the process. We were directed into a spot to unload our ‘stuff’ for overnight at the island. An employee helped unload and tagged our bags and again provided great direction for parking and where to get tickets. When we boarded the boat an employee took our bikes and was pleasant. Coming home was the same…employees were great and seem to love their jobs.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 22, 2023
  • cminogue130
    Shohola, Pennsylvania42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Smooth sailings.
    Great ride, very clean with very friendly staff. Smooth sailings. Easy on and off, no long wait. Chose to go over the bridge and sail from St. Ignace for shorter ride and line. Worked out perfect.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 24, 2023
  • keltrinswife
    Dublin, Ohio29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Service
    This was recommended to us by friends and I am glad that we listened. We made sure to go during 1 of the times that they go under the Mackinac Bridge and that is worth the extra 10 minutes. The building that has the restrooms and the ferry itself are very clean. I would recommend them to anyone.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 22, 2023
  • Navigator742985
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Job well done
    Boat was on time both directions. On our trip out to island we were on the timeframe which ran under the bridge; well worth it! And it only added about five minutes to the journey. Boat was clean and quickly loaded/unloaded. Job well done.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 8, 2023
  • jrandnancy74
    Sulphur Springs, Texas183 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect Service
    The ferry ride was perfect and the process so easy. I had purchased the ferry and carriage tour tickets on line from the Sheplers website. We were staying overnight on the island and chose to park on-site at the premium lot. They took our luggage from our vehicle, tagged it for our hotel, Island House, and then transferred it to the hotel once on the island. Return trip was just as seamless!!!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 17, 2023
  • Kevots
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania162 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    First Class to Mackinac Island
    Everything about our ferry ride to and from Mackinac Island was first class. Beautiful boats, friendly staff, plenty of parking. We chose the early ferry for the 16 Minute ride so we could enjoy a full day. Note that many of the boats to the island (but not the early ones) will take an extra ten minutes to go under the Bridge. We visited Mackinac on a weekday in September when the last boat to St. Ignace is 6:00 pm (Mackinac City was 7:00 pm). We wished that we could have stayed later to enjoy one of the great restaurants on the Island. We recommend Shepler’s without reservation!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 21, 2023
  • kim
    Owasso, Oklahoma4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Forgotten bag
    We were in a hurry when we got our bags and we inadvertently forgot one. We didn’t realize it until 8 hours later. After a very short conversation with someone at Shepler’s the bag was found and information was exchanged and the bag will be shipped. Thank you so much!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 29, 2023
  • Voyager556775
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent service!
    I can’t say enough positive things about this company! They run an efficient ferry and stick to their schedule! It’s a well run business! They really care about their passengers! I left one of my bags behind and they are mailing it to me! They were very kind and helpful! I would highly recommend them to anyone!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 29, 2023
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someday0713
Brighton, Canada282 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
It's all very efficient from parking, buying your tickets, lining up to boarding the boat. They get you there and back quickly and if you get the trip to the bridge, bonus. My only complaint would be the price, but there's no other option and you expect to spend money on vacation.
Written November 4, 2023
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RunningGirl14
Missouri156 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We enjoyed the ride over to Mackinac Island from Saint Ignace. The ferry was on time both directions. We were a little disappointed because we took the 930 ferry to go under Mackinac bridge, but the waters were too rough so they didn’t take us.
Written October 9, 2023
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Voyager556775
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
I can’t say enough positive things about this company! They run an efficient ferry and stick to their schedule! It’s a well run business! They really care about their passengers! I left one of my bags behind and they are mailing it to me! They were very kind and helpful! I would highly recommend them to anyone!
Written September 29, 2023
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kim
Owasso, OK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
We were in a hurry when we got our bags and we inadvertently forgot one. We didn’t realize it until 8 hours later. After a very short conversation with someone at Shepler’s the bag was found and information was exchanged and the bag will be shipped. Thank you so much!
Written September 29, 2023
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Rusty
Rockledge, FL236 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
A fast and comfortable way to get to Mackinac Island. A few times a day they have a ferry that takes you under the bridge and well worth it since it only takes a few minutes longer.
Written September 23, 2023
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Kevots
Philadelphia, PA162 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
Everything about our ferry ride to and from Mackinac Island was first class. Beautiful boats, friendly staff, plenty of parking. We chose the early ferry for the 16 Minute ride so we could enjoy a full day. Note that many of the boats to the island (but not the early ones) will take an extra ten minutes to go under the Bridge. We visited Mackinac on a weekday in September when the last boat to St. Ignace is 6:00 pm (Mackinac City was 7:00 pm). We wished that we could have stayed later to enjoy one of the great restaurants on the Island.
We recommend Shepler’s without reservation!
Written September 21, 2023
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jrandnancy74
Sulphur Springs, TX183 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
The ferry ride was perfect and the process so easy. I had purchased the ferry and carriage tour tickets on line from the Sheplers website. We were staying overnight on the island and chose to park on-site at the premium lot. They took our luggage from our vehicle, tagged it for our hotel, Island House, and then transferred it to the hotel once on the island. Return trip was just as seamless!!!
Written September 17, 2023
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275GTB4
Nashville, TN165 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
My wife and I took the Shepler's Ferry from St. Ignace, Michigan to Mackinac Island in the middle of a two-week road trip. We spent two nights in the Grand Hotel on Mackinac. I didn't know what to expect about the ferry. I have ridden ferries before, but none were like this one. I cannot say enough nice things about Shepler's. Our experience was 5/5 stars for both trips to and from the island, as well as the treatment we received at both piers, and especially from the staff on the mainland.

We chose not to buy passes in advance, because we ferried after Labor Day, and didn't expect a big crowd. We drove into town, arriving at exactly 12:00 noon on the day after Labor Day, and followed the signs to the check-in area. Several young ladies helped us unload our luggage to be taken to the island, and told us to park in a temporary spot near them while we purchased our parking pass and ferry ticket. Then we walked over to the ticket office, where there was no wait, and purchased both (two of us on one ferry ticket). Since we were leaving an SUV loaded with luggage that was not going to the island, we were concerned about theft while we were gone, so we decided to pay for indoor parking, which is conveniently located right there where the ferries dock, and seemingly more secure. Some of the outdoor parking is a long way away. Indoor parking was a little more expensive, but was in a large roomy warehouse, and we felt like our stuff would be safe there. I'm not sure our concerns were warranted, but it made me feel better. The ladies told us there is virtually no theft issue in their lots. Anyway, we stuck with our plan, and the lady at the ticket office asked if I was a veteran. I am, and I always carry a shrunken copy of my DD-214 with me to prove it. As a result, she gave us a generous discount, which reduced the indoor parking cost substantially. After all that, we made the 12:30 ferry departure with time to spare. Since we were on the "Mighty Mac" ferry, we were treated with a trip under the Mackinac Bridge. There is no extra cost - just an additional 10 minutes on Lake Huron/Straits of Mackinac.

When we checked into our room at the Grand Hotel, our luggage was waiting for us. Upon our departure two days later, we gave our luggage to the bellman at 11:00 AM. We paid a $12 charge per person at the hotel for them to handle the luggage on the island. The entire process seems very efficient. We hung around the island until 3:45 PM, caught the 4:00 ferry, and returned to the mainland. Our car was dry, safe and sound where we had left it, and our island luggage was in the luggage retrieval area in the same condition it had been when we first arrived at Shepler's. We were on the road about 20 minutes after we stepped off the ferry.

I was astonished at how efficient Shepler's personnel were. The staff at Shepler's is well trained, efficient, friendly, and easy to deal with. I am always concerned about security. They calmed my fears, and made the trip to Mackinac a "no-brainer."

If I ever go back to Mackinac, I will definitely travel over there on a Shepler's Ferry!
Written September 15, 2023
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Michael W
Minneapolis, MN32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Great service- they carefully take your bags and hand them over to the hotel staff on Mackinaw island.
Written August 23, 2023
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Navigator742985
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Boat was on time both directions. On our trip out to island we were on the timeframe which ran under the bridge; well worth it! And it only added about five minutes to the journey. Boat was clean and quickly loaded/unloaded. Job well done.
Written August 8, 2023
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