We are looking forward to another exciting season on Mackinac Island in 2021. Please see below for answers to frequently asked questions. You can call our Information Specialist at 906-847-3783 with more questions.

We want to come to Mackinac Island for Spring Break. What’s open?

  • At present, a majority of Island businesses are closed and preparing for the annual summer high season, which begins in early May.
  • Star Line Ferry continues to run their winter schedule from St. Ignace.
  • Each business will determine their individual opening schedule. For the latest information regarding individual business and attraction opening dates, see listings below.

When will the ferry companies transition to their Summer Schedules?

  • The summer ferry schedules start April 21, 2021.
  • Star Line Ferry will begin running ferries out of St. Ignace and Mackinaw City on April 21.
  • Shepler’s Ferry will run ferries out of St. Ignace beginning April 21 and Mackinaw City starting April 26.

How will ferry transportation be impacted?

  • Federal mandates require all passengers to wear a mask while aboard the ferries. The latest mandate can be found here.

When will Mackinac Island open? Will everything be open on schedule this season?

  • Mackinac Island business will start opening the end of April. Please check back for regular updates.
  • We have spent the winter months building on our collective success in 2020 and preparing to ensure our businesses are ready to open for the high season safely and responsibly. We look forward to welcoming you for a fun, exciting and restful summer and fall holiday season, no matter how you choose to spend your time with us.

Will all businesses open in 2021?

  • We are anticipating all Island business to open this season. Only a handful of business chose not to open in 2020.
  • Each business will determine their individual opening schedule. For the latest information regarding individual business and attraction opening dates, see the opening dates list below.

Is it safe to travel to the Island? What are you doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

  • Mackinac Island Tourism member businesses have worked tirelessly to build on the successes of 2020 and open for the 2021 season – all while preserving the safety of the cherished visitors, workers and residents of the Island.
  • Island businesses are committed to upholding protocols and procedures in alignment with guidelines for safe operations set forth by leading health officials and local, state and federal authorities, including the adoption of a COVID-19 mitigation plan.
  • The City of Mackinac Island published a thorough COVID-19 plan that you can read here.

Will my Mackinac Island experience be different this year? If so, how?

  • Mackinac Island is committed to delivering the outstanding guest experience and tradition our fans know and love.
  • Safety is our first priority. As such, we continue to uphold familiar health and safety procedures, including the following requests of our valued guests:
    • Maintain 6-feet of distance between you and others to respect social distancing.
    • Wear a mask or face covering while in public spaces.
    • Maintain frequent and thorough hand washing and sanitization practices.
    • The Federal Government is mandating all ferry passengers must wear a mask while aboard.

Have events been canceled or rescheduled?

  • Many events will look different in 2021 than you may be accustomed to. Such changes are necessary to ensure our fans’ favorite traditions can be observed while keeping guests, workers and residents safe.
  • Event plans and scheduling are left to the discretion of each event host. For more information regarding a specific event taking place on Mackinac Island during the 2021 season, we suggest contacting the organizer or host directly for updates.
  • For the latest event updates, visit: https://www.mackinacisland.org/annual-island-events/.

Will Mackinac State Historic Parks open as scheduled?

  • Mackinac State Historic Parks will open attractions on the Island beginning May 1.
  • Please contact Mackinac State Historic Parks directly for more information on current plans for the 2021 season or visit https://www.mackinacparks.com/covid-19/.

Is public air travel transportation available for the 2021 season?

Can I access Mackinac Island via private air or lake travel?

  • Private air and lake travel options are available.
  • Please contact your preferred travel partner directly for more information regarding current travel policies.

Do employees need to be vaccinated before going to work?

  • Mackinac Island is working tirelessly to secure vaccine doses for the Island’s seasonal workers to ensure a healthy and fruitful high season.

What are the e-bike rules?

  • The Mackinac Island Chief of Police has developed a special FAQ for e-bikes ahead of the 2021 season. For more information, click here.

Will M-185 be open for bike traffic around the perimeter of the island?

  • M-185 will be closed to bike traffic throughout the summer for road repairs. We will be sure to update with more information as provided.

Events

Re-Scheduled and Canceled Events

Governor’s Residence Tours
Canceled for 2021

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