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Shepler's Lighthouse Cruises

556 E Central Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-9695
+1 231-436-5023
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Only way I take to the Island. Cheaper, great parking, and friendly employees! Boats were very... read more

Reviewed 23 August 2015
Family vacation to Mackinac Island

Great staff, very friendly. Scheduling was very convenient. Ferry was clean and comfortable. The... read more

Reviewed 17 August 2015
West Olive, Michigan
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Sail the Straits of Mackinac! Sixteen historic lighthouses lie within easy cruising distance of Mackinaw City. Travel in comfort and safety on Shepler's spacious vessels during these fascinating tours. For close to three centuries, the Straits of Mackinac has been a vital nautical thoroughfare, providing passage between Lakes Huron and Michigan. But traveling its famed blue waters has not come without risk. Over the many decades, lighthouses were built to protect mariners from dangerous shoals and reefs. Each has a story to tell. Shepler's exclusive Lighthouse Cruises are voyages of discovery. Guests are treated to awe-inspiring views and the fascinating history surrounding these Great Lakes guardians.
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556 E Central Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-9695
+1 231-436-5023

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Reviewed 23 August 2015

Only way I take to the Island. Cheaper, great parking, and friendly employees! Boats were very clean and the ride was great!!

2  Thank FamilyFourMichigan
Reviewed 17 August 2015

Great staff, very friendly. Scheduling was very convenient. Ferry was clean and comfortable. The ability to buy online and get a discount was great.

1  Thank 954ginnyf
Reviewed 13 August 2015

If you have the time, I highly recommend the tour. The lakes are an amazing place and quite an adventure when the chop is high.

Thank Firewallphotography
Reviewed 5 August 2015

It was nice to get up close and personal with so many lighthouses that I would never of gotten the chance to otherwise if it wasnt for this excursion. Plenty of photo op's and well spoken speaker

Thank Sheridan F
Reviewed 19 July 2015

We took the West Cruise and it was amazing. We got right up close and personal with almost every lighthouse. Terry Pepper did an awesome job at describing each light house and it was very educational. Next visit will be the East cruise, definitely!!!

1  Thank Amy M
Reviewed 17 July 2015

Well run ferry service to the island. Excellent value for a 2 day pass. Was on time for the 2 days that we rode it. Very clean.

Thank rhondangels12
Reviewed 11 July 2015

We had a hazy day but they get you real close to the lighthouses. Pick a clear calm day to make the most of it. The guide and speaker was the best. Very knowledgeable of history and construction of each.

2  Thank maplerun62-Steel
Reviewed 6 July 2015

I took the extended East cruise on 6/30 then the extended West the next day. Great cruises with plenty of photo opps and Terry Pepper out guide was very informative.

Thank trkunz
Reviewed 1 July 2015

The guide was was informative. Knew a lot of the history of the lighthouses. This trip was well worth the money.

Thank phyllis116
Reviewed 27 June 2015

I got my "e-ticket" online (and printed it out at home) which was very convenient. Unfortunately, on the day of my "Westward Cruise" into Lake Michigan, there were 9-foot swells driven by high winds near White Shoal Light. For safety's sake, Shepler's cancelled the cruise....More

3  Thank tgw51
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I'm planning on staying on Mackinac Island. Is there a pick-up site from the island or would I need to buy more round/ trip tickets to get to Mackinaw City and then back to the island when the tour is over? Also, is either tour better for kids?
23 June 2016|
Response from Bruce F | Reviewed this property |
Shepler's charges by the trip, with a round-trip ticket at $26 for adults. But it also offers multiple-day tickets that look to be a good bargain if you are going back and forth to the mainland. Almost any package you want... More
What is the cost
19 September 2015|
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Response from tgw51 | Reviewed this property |
The cruise I was booked on cost $49.50. On occasion, they also run a (somewhat longer) "extended" cruise that runs $61.00.