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Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry

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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...more
556 E Central Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-9695
+1 800-828-6157
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 15 September 2011

My husband and I went to Mackinac Island for our anniversary in September after Labor Day. We decided to take Shepler's Ferry because we found a great coupon code deal on their Facebook page. We bought our tickets online and didn't even have to print...More

8  Thank ww1319
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 9 May 2015 via mobile

We decided to take a trip the day before mother's day. Online it said the last ferry to Mackinac city was 8:00. We tried to catch the 7:00 and so did several other families. As we stood around waiting at the dock, we saw no...More

13  Thank blynette
Misty M, Manager at Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry, responded to this reviewResponded 20 May 2015

Thank you for your feedback. We are always sorry to hear when guests do not have the best experience with our company. We agree that the schedule is a little bit tricky to read, as it is color coded. The online version and the printed...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

the Ferry ride to Mackinac island was great. the ferry was very clean and the staff on the ferry very pleasant. the ferry tour under Mackinaw bridge was very interesting.

Thank sbmb49
Reviewed 6 days 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...More

Thank Tim K
Reviewed 6 days 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!

Thank Amy M
Reviewed 1 week 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...More

Thank Victor F
Reviewed 1 week ago 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...More

Thank Gran7
Reviewed 1 week ago

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)....More

Thank midwest52016
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have gone to the upper peninsula almost every year since 1953. And almost every trip has included an excursion to Mackinac Island, one of my favorite places on earth. This year, we took our 13-year old granddaughter and one of her friends for a...More

Thank Denny M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We used this service to get across to Mackinaw Island, it was quick and easy service. Would definitely use them again if we ever go back there.

Thank A Z
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a very smooth and efficient experience. It was a windy cool day in October and we had luggage to transport to the island as well. The process was smooth and without any issues. I was surprised that the fairy ride was as smooth...More

Thank Global534188
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you have a rolling carry-on, they have you place the bag by the stairs before choosing your seat. Good to have a luggage tag or something to differentiate it from others. Seats are long benches and they ask that you squeeze in to fit...More

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22 October 2018|
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Response from HappyCampers082009 | Reviewed this property |
The Mighty Mac trips will take you under the bridge, weather permitting.
6 July 2018|
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Response from PJPPJPPJP | Reviewed this property |
Today 7/7 the last departure for Mackinaw City is 11 PM Last departure for St Ignace is 10 PM
6 July 2018|
Response from jeepgirl1958 | Reviewed this property |
The last ride from the island is 11:00 pm.