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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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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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“overflow lot” (27 reviews)
“great service” (127 reviews)
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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 yesterday via mobile

Took the ferry from Mackinaw City yesterday and we got there early (9am) for the 9:30 departure. Only half the seats were taken in the enclosed area and this trip had the 10 minute visit to the bridge (which my husband got up and went...More

Thank Donna V
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We have been using Shepler's Ferry service for passage to Mackinaw Island for over 30 years. We pull in, staff unloads our luggage, we arrange for valet parking, board ferry. Imagine our surprise when upon our arrival to be informed that Shepler's no longer provide...More

Thank Lois A
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This ferry line was very prompt and left right on time. The boat was very clean, spacious and comfortable. We were fortunate to get on the Mighty Mac trip, and were taken under the Mackinac Bridge. It took about 10 minutes extra but was Definitely...More

Thank MaraGP2016
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We took our first trip to Mackinac Island by Shepler's on Friday, May 18. We met a nice man Andrew who helped us when we arrived in the parking lot. Barb was nice at the ticket booth. The ride over was quite exciting with about...More

Thank hikinggussie
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We arrived at sheplers in mackinaw city Thursday May 17th around 2:15. When I pulled in there seem to be one employee doing everything and four employees watching her. I did ask for her name which she said was Carlie and showed me her cute...More

Thank maryharring2n
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We just had a 144 guest going to the Island staying at the Grand Hotel , the large buses arrive at the ferry dock and in no time is the luggage unloaded and the next time the guest will see it is in their room...More

Thank viktor334
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Captain of the boat I rode on from Sheplers ferry service was excellent in handing my customer service issues. However the Manger he put me in contact was terrible. I explained and his own captain explained a dock mate that worked for them told...More

1  Thank chris m
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Reviewed 1 week ago

this is a very nice fery service to the island. they go out of their way to be nice to the tourists. variety of services from valet parking and buying tickets online.

Thank skifree57
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A few tips: [1] There are no bathrooms on board. There are, however, public bathrooms within a football field of where you walk on the ferry in Mackinaw City and where you walk off it on Mackinac Island. The trip itself takes about 16 minutes....More

1  Thank HTOTMO
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

despite the crazy winds that wreck your hair, taking in all of the views on the way to the island is so worth it!!

Thank Jennifer L
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Ami W, Guest Relations Manager at Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello Jennifer! Thanks for the review and the glowing five stars. We look forward to seeing you again may times into the future. Take care and thanks for choosing to ride Shepler's!

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LyndaBran
2 April 2018|
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Response from gwkelley | Reviewed this property |
I seen pets but do not know policies.
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Kazza880
7 January 2018|
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Response from Paul A. P | Reviewed this property |
While I don’t remember the exact prices, the amounts provided by others seem correct. I agree that taking a boat that also goes under the bridge is a good idea. Online discounts are available and the hotel we stayed at... More
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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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