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Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry

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Address: 556 E Central Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-9695
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Shepler's offers 5 different Lighthouse Cruises through the Straits of...

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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Good service

Shepler's offer a great service The multi ticket saves a few dollars and the waiting facilities are good.

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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Shepler's offer a great service The multi ticket saves a few dollars and the waiting facilities are good.

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Oxford, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved the ferry! Our trip on Sunday was challenging due to nasty weather but the staff made sure everyone was safe and sound. The price was reasonable and our luggage was delivered directly to our hotel! What a treat! The access to the drop off and parking areas was dangerous!! Having cars proceed onto the property while people are crossing... More 

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Rhinelander
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My 90-year-old mom, my two sisters and I were very pleased with our round trip from Saint Ignace to Mackinac Island. The boat was clean, the ride short and efficient and our bags were well taken care of on both ends. We had car trouble when we got back and they cheerfully helped us get our car going! We hope... More 

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

Hello and thank you so much for riding with us! We're thrilled to hear both generations enjoyed!! Happy to hear your car issues were resolved and that you'll be returning. Thanks for visiting Mackinac Island and we look forward to your return. More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Despite the cold, rainy weather the ferry ride to and from the island was still enjoyable. My daughter and I were with a large school group and the Sheplers staff were friendly and accomodating.

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

Hello Melissa and thank you very much for the fabulous five stars. On behalf of our entire team, the communities of Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island, and pretty much all of Northern Michigan, we sincerely apologize for the rainy weather. But great news, the sun is out now and we're on the straight path to summer! We hope to see... More 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Now, this title screams bad, but they are ok. The reason why they did not get 5 stars is because the boats have no place for handicapped scooters and wheelchairs to go. The people operating the boat tell you where to go after you made yourself comfortable where you think you should go. My mother in her scooter had to... More 

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Ankeny, Iowa
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We took Shepler's from St Ignace to Mackinac Island for our stay at the Grand Hotel on the island. We were impressed by the organization and service level from Sheplers. I wouldn't need to try any other ferry company, next time we visit Mackinac.

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

Hello and THANK YOU!! We're thrilled to hear we passed the test. Looking forward to seeing you again on your net trip. Thank you for posting and also for visiting Mackinac Island! More 

Albert Lea, Minnesota
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Sheplers never ceases to amaze me. Every time we come to Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island, Sheplers is our #1 choice for our ferry service needs. The employees are polite, and know how to treat their guests, they are literally a very well oiled machine. I firmly believe the owners take so much pride in their company, as they are... More 

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

"Well oiled machine..." - we'll take the compliment and run with it!! Thank you so much for the glowing five stars and you are correct in that your safety and comfort are our utmost concern. We appreciate you choosing to ride with us and we definitely hope to see you again very soon. Best wishes and safe travels until then! More 

Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I were very impressed with the professional and efficient operation of this ferry line. We made all our arrangements through them online including round trip to Mackinac Island, horse drawn tour, and the luncheon buffet at the Grand Hotel. All happened without a hitch. On site secure overnight parking is also a plus.

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

Hello Rich and THANK YOU!! We thank your for choosing to ride with us and also for taking your time to post. We love seeing the glowing five stars and we very much appreciate your wonderful comments about your visit. We hope to see you all again on your next visit to the island and until then, safe travels! More 

Poolesville, Maryland
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We took the "Mighty Mac "route from Mackinaw City to Mackinac Island! We opted to park onsite for $20.00 per night. It was worth it to us because when we returned after 3 days we just hopped in our car at exactly the same place we left it. You can park for free in their off site lot ( they... More 

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

Hello LTCB1 and THANK YOU!!! On behalf of our entire team, we sincerely appreciate you not only choosing to ride with Shepler's but also for taking your time to post such a lovely and detailed review of your trip. We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed and we look forward to seeing you again on your next visit to Northern Michigan!... More 

Ludington, Michigan
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We went on a cold, sunny day- and even though I've been to the island a few times- my friends had not- so we chose to sit on the upper deck. It was cold- but beautiful. On the way back- we rode in the main area- nice and comfortable. Nice and smooth ride. Very nice attendants.

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

Greetings from the Straits of Mackinac and THANK YOU for choosing to ride with us! We appreciate the fabulous feedback and we definitely hope to see you again the next time to you visit. Until then - safe travels and thanks for visiting Mackinac Island! More 

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