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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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Our family favorite

Took the Shepler's ferry over to the Island. We got there at 8:45 for the 9:30 ferry. We weren't... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
SharonEssexville
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Essexville
Nice Ride

Very Kind Staff. Very Helpful. Very pleasant Ride We could not have asked for anything better... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
patriciahY5830BH
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Lansing, Michigan
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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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556 E Central Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-9695
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+1 800-828-6157
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Took the Shepler's ferry over to the Island. We got there at 8:45 for the 9:30 ferry. We weren't expecting it to be busy on a Friday in September, but there was quite a line. We had to park in the overflow parking lot and...More

Thank SharonEssexville
Ami W, Guest Relations Manager at Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hello Sharon and thank you so much for taking the time to post about your experience with us. We love the glowing five stars and your many compliments. We're happy to hear our dedication to housekeeping and service detail is apparent to our guests. Thanks...More

Reviewed 2 days ago

Very Kind Staff. Very Helpful. Very pleasant Ride We could not have asked for anything better. Will Ride to the Island with them again.

Thank patriciahY5830BH
Ami W, Guest Relations Manager at Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

On behalf of all of us at Shepler's, we want to thank you for posting such a lovely five star review. We thrilled to hear you enjoyed and even MORE thrilled to hear you'll be riding with us again. Until next time!

Reviewed 2 days ago

We have always used Shepler's. Very professional. Clean. Quick. Pleasant. They make you feel safe. AAA discount. $24 per person round trip.More

Thank Richard M
Ami W, Guest Relations Manager at Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hello Richard and on behalf of our entire team, we thank you very much not only for choosing to ride with us, but also for posting. We love seeing the glowing five stars from guests such as yourself. Once again, thank you for choosing Shepler's...More

Reviewed 2 days ago

Very quick ride to island, and very clean and nice boats. Everybody was very nice and welcoming will ride again

Thank Jason M
Ami W, Guest Relations Manager at Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hello Jason and thank you very much for choosing Shepler's and for posting about your visit! We appreciate the glowing five stars and we hope to see you again very soon. Safe travels and thanks for visiting Mackinac Island!

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We did the morning ride that took you under the bridge. This is a fun little extra. The staff was friendly and got us seated upstairs for our child to enjoy. Definitely recommend.

Thank ashes33
Ami W, Guest Relations Manager at Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Greetings and THANK YOU! Thank you not only for riding with us, but for taking the time to post about your visit. We appreciate the five stars and hope to see you again real soon.

Reviewed 4 days ago

They pack 'em in on the ferry, but the trip is quick. We got discount tickets through our hotel. Shuttles will pick you up at the hotel and bring you back.More

Thank phpea
Ami W, Guest Relations Manager at Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hello and thank you very much for choosing to ride with us. We apologize for any issues while boarding or with comfort. Please know that each of our USCG certified vessels offers a unique and strict maximum passenger number and that the safety and security...More

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This year when we were taking our ferry over to the island we just happened to go out a time that they were doing the bridge tour. This ferry ride takes just a few minutes longer than normally to the island. It actually takes you...More

Thank Karen S
Ami W, Guest Relations Manager at Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hello Karen and thank you so much for the recommendation! We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed one of our special Mighty Mac Departures under the bridge. It certainly is a sight to see from the water level. Thanks once again and we look forward to...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

I have used this ferry service for the past 40 years. Their staff is friendly and courteous. The boats are always clean and on time. My Mother-in-law always told our daughter that Sheplers has the cutest cabin boys so how could we use anyone else!!!More

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Ami W, Guest Relations Manager at Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Greetings and thank you so much for the wonderful review. We love the five stars and we'll be sure to pass your compliments on our crew to the fleet captain, Billy Shepler.. Thanks again for riding with us and we hope to see you again...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Beautiful day and the ride was fun. Staff was very helpful and friendly. Boats were clean and seating was comfortable.

Thank Sally B
Ami W, Guest Relations Manager at Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hello Sally and Happy Anniversary to you!! Thank you so much for choosing Shepler's for such a special occasion. We appreciate you posting and we're thrilled to hear you enjoyed. Thanks again and please visit us again soon.

Reviewed 6 days ago

well organized with shuttle service good crew very informative with info about the area. very prompt

Thank Travis M
Ami W, Guest Relations Manager at Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi there, Travis and thank you so much for the wonderful five star review of your experience with us. We're happy to hear you enjoyed and we look forward to seeing you many times into the future. Safe travels always!

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Genaro R
26 August 2017|
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Response from deanjp2015 | Reviewed this property |
Either in Mackinaw City or St. Ignace. The signs and directions are everywhere.
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DanM1976
29 July 2017|
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Response from JENELLE J | Reviewed this property |
We stayed at the clarion hotel. It was nice, clean and reasonable. I think I paid $75 a night. They have a pool, hot tub, game room, good breakfast, close to everything and it's on the water.
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DanM1976
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Response from LTCB1 | Reviewed this property |
You can choose to get on at either the St. Ignace location or the Mackinaw City location. If you are coming from Southern Michigan you will come to Mackinaw city first and can board from there. If you want to drive across... More
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