Special Needs and Disabilities


All ferry lines offer parking for persons with disabilities and have experienced dock porters to assist with unloading and loading your vehicle. Please understand, a few of the ferries to the Island have stairs to the passenger cabin and do not permit persons to travel in the luggage area. If you are unable to walk, contact the ferry company in advance to inquire about stairs or other limitations to ensure smooth sailing.

The city of Mackinac Island prohibits personal vehicles and only allows golf carts on the golf course. However, they do permit electric wheelchairs or Amigo style scooters for persons with disabilities. If you would like to bring your own electric scooter but are unsure if it will be permitted, please contact the Mackinac Island Police Department (906) 847-3345 or for the City of Mackinac Island Vehicle Ordinance.

Most all properties on Mackinac Island are ideal for persons with disabilities, though there are a few quaint older properties which would be difficult for wheelchair users for various reasons (stairs, small bathrooms/bedrooms, no elevators, etc.). When choosing a place away from downtown Mackinac Island please realize there are many hills and bluffs that could prove difficult to navigate without taking a horse drawn carriage. It is necessary to be specific with your vacation needs when talking with the reservationist while booking your room. They will ensure your needs are met or refer you to another property.