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Is Camping allowed on the island?

No. Camping is not allowed on the Island. For information on nearby camping (off of the Island), please call: Mackinaw City: (616) 436-5574 Or St. Ignace: (800) 338-6660

How long do the ferries run?

Both Shepler’s and Star Line ferry lines run from approximately April until the end of October. Visit our ferry listings for more information.

How far is it around the Island?

If you follow the perimeter road it is 8.3 miles. It will take approximately one hour.

How many people live on Mackinac Island year-round?

Approximately 500-600 people reside on Mackinac Island on a year-round basis.

Where do Islanders live?

The majority of people live in Harrisonville, a community located in the center of the Island. Others live downtown, at Stonecliffe, Woodbluff, and British Landing.

I want to get married on the island and would like more information.

Mackinac Island is a magical place to get married and many options are available to help plan your dream wedding. Please visit our Weddings section on for a complete list of consultants and wedding services.

When does the island open for business?

The Island opens for business around the first week in May until the end of October.

What is the “ice bridge”?

Freedom! Usually in the month of February the water freezes between Mackinac Island and St. Ignace. At that time, some brave soul ventures out and spuds to check the thickness of the ice. If they make it halfway, it’s on to St. Ignace to make the call back to the Island. The residents have stockpiled their used Christmas trees out at British Landing in anticipation of this call. The trees are “planted” at intervals to mark the “highway” and the fun begins. It is the only time of the year when the residents are not dependent on a set schedule and of course it’s free!

How long does the ice bridge last?

Not long enough! We need at least a week of zero or below zero temperatures with no wind for the bridge to form. After that, it all depends on the weather. In the past five years we’ve had a bridge for as few as four days to as long as two months.

Can I take my bike to the island?

You can bring your own bike to Mackinac Island. The ferryboats charge $13.00 for each bike you bring.

Can I bring my dog to the island? Do any accommodations allow dogs.

You can bring a dog to the island provided it is on a leash and with an adult. Mission Point Resort will allow dogs but is based upon availability and some conditions apply. Phone 231-715-4900.

What is a “fudgie”?

“Fudgie” is a term of endearment given to all tourists who come to Mackinac Island. Usually most everyone buys fudge; hence the name.

I have a disability. Can you rent electric carts on the island?

Yes. There are electric carts available on the island at Ryba’s Bikes. Visit their website or call (906) 847-3208.

How much does it cost to rent bikes on the island?

Rates start at $7.00 per hour plus a $15 deposit. Visit our Bicycle Rentals page for a complete list of bikes and rates.


Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order on July 10, 2020 requiring individuals to wear a face covering in indoor public spaces and crowded outdoor spaces. The executive order also requires that business open to the public are to refuse entry or service to anyone who refuses to wear a face covering (some exceptions apply).

Is it safe to travel to the island?

The City of Mackinac Island published a thorough COVID-19 plan, available here. Mackinac Island businesses are committed to adhering to safety protocols and procedures in alignment with guidelines for safe operations. The Island is committed to safety as their first priority and doing everything they can to ensure every visitor, worker and resident are respected and protected.

How should I prepare for my visit to the Island?

Maintain 6-feet of distance between you and others to respect social distancing procedures.

Wear a mask or face covering while in public spaces at all times.

Maintain excellent personal hygiene with hand washing and sanitizing. Hand sanitizing stations can be found throughout high traffic areas around Mackinac Island.

Are the public restrooms open to visitors?

Yes, the public restrooms are open to visitors. Mackinac Tourism Bureau as well as the Mackinac State Historic Parks Visitor Centre restrooms are open.

Are the ferry lines running?

Yes, ferry service from both Mackinaw City and St. Ignace is now available. For more information and schedules, please visit Shepler’s Ferry and Star Line Ferry. Please ensure you wear a mask and practice social distancing when possible.

Additional Resources can be accessed below.

State of Michigan Department of Public Health & Safety:
US Travel Association: