Outdoor Activities

A woman wades along the water while walking the rocky beach on Michigan’s Mackinac Island.

Does Mackinac Island have a beach?

You might expect Mackinac Island to be full of beaches since it’s surrounded by water. And, of course, it is – although not the crowded, sandy shores you may be thinking of. The beaches you find on Mackinac Island are a bit rockier. More rugged. More secluded. They’re places with crystal clear water, mesmerizing views …

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A couple paddles a tandem kayak into the waters surrounding Michigan’s Mackinac Island as the sun sets on the horizon.

Sunrise vs. Sunset Kayak Excursions with Mackinac Island’s Great Turtle Kayak Tours

Paddlers who come out on the Straits of Mackinac with Mackinac Island’s Great Turtle Kayak Tours ask a good many questions. But the question that often comes before all others, especially for first time Mackinac Island visitors is this: Which is the better time for a kayak tour, sunrise or sunset? Let’s first look at the …

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Snowmobiles are popular winter transportation on Mackinac Island, which gets 94 inches of snow per year on average.

Winter weather on Mackinac Island

In a sense, Mackinac Island closes for the year when the ferry boats stop their regular daily schedule of passenger trips at the end of October. From November into the following April, the 500 or so year-round residents of Mackinac Island are left to themselves to enjoy the offseason. But since more than 80 percent …

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Bicycles are a popular way to get around on Mackinac Island. E-bikes are allowed for people with a mobility disability.

Are e-bikes allowed on Mackinac Island?

In a word, no. E-bikes are not allowed on Mackinac Island. But there is an exception: Visitors with a qualifying “mobility disability” may operate Class 1 electric bicycles on Mackinac Island. Mackinac Island city ordinance defines “mobility disability” and spells out the specifications for permitted e-bikes. So that you don’t have to wade through all …

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Mackinac Island’s Main Street gets decorated for winter holidays with a Christmas tree right in the middle of the road.

Mackinac Island in the Offseason

A summer day on Mackinac Island is something from a dream. Rich history, horses hauling people and goods, natural features, endless trails and, of course, fudge. But when the tourism season ends and the cold settles in, Mackinac Island becomes a different place. With 500 year-round residents, winter on Mackinac Island is quiet compared to …

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