We have put together a quick list of helpful tips to make your Mackinac Island trip worry-free.
The ferries to Mackinac Island do not run 24 hours a day, and in Spring and Fall they operate a much more limited schedule. Before making travel arrangements, be sure to check the last time over to the island and the first trip off to see what will work best. Tip: Morning flights out of Pellston airport typically depart before the ferries start running for the day, so it is better to choose a later flight or plan to stay on the mainland the night before your flight.
No matter what you plan to do on Mackinac Island, you will probably be walking and will want to bring comfortable shoes with you. Tip: On the island, flip flops on a rainy day are not ideal. There’s a reason all of our bikes have fenders!
Layer Your Clothes
Even in the middle of summer, the mornings and evenings on Mackinac Island can be cooler. Be sure to bring a jacket or some warmer layers. This is especially true in early spring and late fall. Tip: If you plan to be on the water during your stay, the temperature is typically 10 degrees cooler than on land.
Everyone’s idea of what is essential will be different, but make sure to bring your phone chargers with you. There are a few stores that sell chargers but some of the more unique chargers – we’re looking at you Samsung – are not available. The front desk has some chargers that can be borrowed, but they are limited to the basics.
There are no pharmacies on the island, so if you need a prescription, you will need to bring it with you, or you can make a trip to St. Ignace if an emergency arises.
Forget something? Check with the Front Desk
If you forget something at home, be sure to check with our front desk before you go in search of necessities. We have a supply of basics like toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, and even nail files for you at no cost. We’re here to help you.
Arch Rock Closure
Please note that Arch Rock Plaza will be closed starting September 11, 2023 – April 2024. More information can be found on the park website.
Mackinac Bridge Road Work
Starting Wednesday, September 6, 2023 construction will begin on Mackinac Bridge and delays can be expected.