Getting Here

By Land

For those traveling from point's south, follow I-75 north to Mackinaw City or St. Ignace and watch for the well-marked exits to the boat dock of choice. For those traveling from point?s north, follow I-75 south to St. Ignace or Mackinaw City to the boat dock of choice.  To use internet mapping services such as mapquest, please use zip code 49701 (Mackinaw City)or 49781 (St. Ignace boat) to create a route.  Because motor vehicles are restricted to emergency or state vehicles only (medical, fire and police), there are no personal motor vehicles permitted on Mackinac Island.

By Boat

There are three different ferry companies that offer transportation from the Main Land to Mackinac Island. All three ferry companies have two different locations for departures. The first deprature town is Mackinaw City, MI (Located in the Lower Peninsula, More Frequent Departure Times). The second departure town is St. Ignace, MI (Located in the Upper Peninsula). The three different ferry companies are as followed:

Arnold Line Ferry

Shepler's Ferry

Star Line Ferry


There is ample parking convenient to the boat docks with valet service and unloading and loading service available. Upon arrival in Mackinaw City or St. Ignace, luggage will be tagged for the hotel. On the island-side,  helpful dock porters will transport the luggage to the hotel until check-in, at that time they will be happy to deliver the luggage to the room.  (Gratuities are appreciated)

Please feel free to enjoy the island before returning to the mainland. Luggage can be tagged and held at the front desk until the scheduled departure.  At that time, Dock Porters will transport the luggage to the specified ferry dock for the departure.

By Air

Northwest Airlines offers flights to Pellston Airport (airport code PLN) from most major cities. The Mackinaw Shuttle can provide transportation to the boat docks upon arrival. Mackinaw Shuttle also provides services to and from Traverse City's Cherry Capitol Airport (airport code TVC) with carriers Northwest, Delta and United.

North Country Aviation located in Gaylord, Michigan offers special rates on charter flights from Gaylord or any other airport in northern Michigan to Mackinac Island.

Great Lakes Air provides service from St. Ignace, Traverse City and Pellston Airports to the Island. Charter flights are also available.

Mackinac Island is especially suited to aviators and welcomes private air travelers offering views of boreal forests, bogs, marshes, springs, bridges and buildings that quietly speak of our history of place in the American experience. Operated by the Mackinac State Historic Parks, Mackinac Island Airport 45° 51.89' N 084° 38.24'W features a 3500' runway with daily monthly and annual landing fees.

On Island

On the Island Mackinac Taxi Service can provide transportation via horse drawn taxi from the ferry docks or airport to the hotel.  Reservations are suggested. (906)847-3323