Dockporters on Mackinac Island

Ahhh…you’re taking a vacation to Mackinac Island. It’s time to leave your worries and your vehicle behind.

But wait…what about your luggage?!?

Never fear, that’s where our friends, the dockporters, come in.

When you visit Mackinac Island, you’re sure to encounter someone riding down Main Street with an impressive load in hand: Suitcases stacked high on the front of their basket, luggage bags hanging off each side, and suits laid carefully on top of it all. Dockporters are the folks who get your luggage from the ferry to your room.

And while these Mackinac Island figures have become something of a legend thanks to the book, The Dockporter: A Mackinac Island Novel, they serve an important role on Mackinac Island. And one thing is certain: Dockporters have a ton of fun doing what they do.

It’s long days and hard work, sure, but they spend their days outside, interact with guests from all over the world and ride their bikes up and down the streets of Mackinac Island. It doesn’t get much better than that.

We sat down with three Mackinac Island dockporters to get the inside scoop on all things dockporting:

Please note: Not all hotels and places to stay on Mackinac Island have dockporters or get your luggage transported via bicycle. Luggage carts, horses, and other modes of transportation are also used. It is best to talk with someone from the property where you are staying for details.


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