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Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We selected the Shepler Ferry fleet for two reasons. We were able to discount tickets , as well as ride with a reputable company. They have a very competent, courteous staff and is was a very smooth boat ride, as well as some historical information regarding the Mackinac bridge. Select this ferry fleet, you won't be disappointed.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Tim K
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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 so much for riding with us and for posting! We love the five stars and your many compliments. We appreciate you visiting Mackinac Island and we hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very friendly and helpful staff. Wonderful views from the ferry. We were able to get one of the "Mighty Mac" trips and they took us underneath the Mackinac Bridge. Beautiful! Highly recommend Shepler's for getting you to the island!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Amy M
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Ami W, Guest Relations Manager at Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Greetings from the Straits! On behalf of our entire crew, we thank you for choosing to #RideSheplers and for posting. Happy to hear you enjoyed one of our daily Mighty Mac Departures! Thanks again for the recommendation, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Hourly departures from Mackinaw City to Mack Island allows one a flexible schedule. Never touch our bags from the departure dock until in our room on the island. Upon returning to Mackinaw City, our bags were waiting in the receiving tent. The round trip cost is very reasonable. Would use them again.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Victor F
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Ami W, Guest Relations Manager at Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hello and thank you very much for riding with us and for posting! We love seeing the wonderful five stars from guests such as yourself. Every time a guest states they'd ride with us again, we consider it a "mission accomplished". We're happy to hear you'll be returning and we'll see you then!

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Reviewed November 10, 2018 via mobile

What a great way to travel to the island. We went from Mackinaw City and were pleased with easy parking and efficient shuttle service to the ferry. Great schedule makes for easy access from the mainland. Staff is quick to help and glad to answer questions.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Gran7
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Ami W, Guest Relations Manager at Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Greetings Gran and thank you! Thank for the lovely five stars and your many compliments. We appreciate the feedback and we hope to see you again in 2019!

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Reviewed November 10, 2018

Shepler's has been ferrying visitors back and forth to Mackinac Island for three generations (Star Line was recently purchased by another company). They know what they're doing and they do it well!

We took the ferry from St. Ignace (a world apart from Mackinaw City). While the brochure denoting departures and returns is color-coded, it can be confusing to read. However, we knew our trip wouldn't coincide with the side excursion to the Bridge but we were surprised with the trip anyway!

If your travel does meet the Bridge trip, by all means plan on it. The captain took us under the Bridge while a crew member narrated the Bridge's history and architectural specs! The 40+ long trailer trucks driving overhead looked like Matchbox cars!

Having driven back and forth across that Bridge span many many times, I now have a completely different relationship with it having sailed underneath!

Shepler's in St. Ignace has an overnight parking lot ($10.00 per night) that is camera-controlled/patrolled. They used to keep overnight cars enclosed in a chain-linked fence but we were told this arrangement is an even better one (for both them and us).

The crews are efficient and welcoming, the boats were clean, the attendants on the Island side docks were helpful and good traffic-cops! Yes, it's crowded on Mackinac and visitors need to move along (though many amble along, looking around not ahead, mesmerized with entering an island-bubble). And why not!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank midwest52016
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Ami W, Guest Relations Manager at Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hello and thank you so much not only for choosing to ride with us, but also for posting! We love the thorough review you've provided here for future visitors. On behalf of our entire crew in St. Ignace and Mackinaw City - we thank you for visiting and we hope to see you again on your net visit.

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