The Mackinac Island Ferry Schedule typically begins around the middle of March as the Straits of Mackinac are usually clear of ice by this time. Of course, it all depends on the weather and 2014 has been a cold and icy winter.
So, this year the ferry service will start later and then, the season begins!
ARNOLD TRANSIT COMPANY IS TEMPORARILY NOT IN SERVICE FOR 2014. WATCH FOR UPDATES!
On the first day the docks are busy with people excited to leave the Island for a day to get supplies. There are also many people returning to the Island after leaving it in late October.
The schedule during the fall, winter and early spring months change for each month and are subject to change without notice due to inclement weather. When the Straits are iced over there is only air service to the Island or snow mobiles (if there is an Ice Bridge, of course).
The ferry lines that service Mackinac Island are Arnold Line Transit Company, Shepler's Ferry and Star Line Ferry Company. All three have docks in both Mackinaw City, Michigan which is located in lower peninsula and in St. Ignace, Michigan which is in the upper peninsula of Michigan.
The companies are well respected and have terrific safety standards. They do have different types of boats transporting people back and forth to the Island. The travel times for all the ferries are between a 16-18 minute ride depending on the weather.
For more information about Mackinac Island ferry service click here.
Insider Tip: There is a $9 charge for bikes so make sure you really are going to use them. The downtown area is full of fun things to do! Marcia and Kathy recommend spending time at fun-filled Fort Mackinac or checking out one of the many other Mackinac Island attractions.
Have your camera ready for action on your trip to the Island. You may be lucky enough to pass one of the massive freighters up close. It is really a sight to behold!
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