Thank you to everyone who traveled with us during our 75th season in 2020.  The information below is specific to travel during this past season.  Please check back in the spring in 2021 prior to opening day on April 21, 2021 for current information.  Thank you for your patience as we navigate together, a continually changing landscape in travel and tourism.

2020 Operational FAQ

Will signage clearly state the expectations for guests visiting?
Yes. Shepler’s has clearly marked signage near boarding areas, at ground transportation stops, in guest bathrooms, and other critical high traffic areas assisting guests in navigating our new normal.

What should guests do to assist in assuring a safe and comfortable experience?
Mind your space. We ask that guests respect their own personal space and the space of those around them by maintaining adequate space whenever possible. When in lines or while boarding we also ask that guests keep an appropriate distance from the guests in front of you at all times.

Are there new cleaning processes in place?
Yes. While housekeeping and maintenance have always been top priorities, guests will now notice even more cleaning and sanitizing of our motor vessels, high touch areas, guest bathrooms, ground transportation vehicles and more.

Will motor vessels be cleaned regularly?
Yes. Each motor vessel will be completely sanitized via a backpack hydro sprayer
at the conclusion of every one-way arrival. In addition, each motor vessel will be thoroughly deep cleaned every evening.

Will masks be required?
Yes.  All Shepler’s cast members are wearing masks as part of their 2020 required costume.  Per Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order No. 2020-147, effective July 10 all guests of Shepler’s are required to wear masks (click for additional information on mask requirements). If you are in need of a mask, they can be purchased for $1 at any of our Shepler ticket offices.

Will Shepler’s ferry boats be full to capacity?
No. Shepler’s will be working diligently this summer to assure that departures are below load capacity, offering an even more comfortable 16-minute ride between Mackinaw City, St. Ignace and Mackinac Island.

What is Shepler’s doing to assure that cast members are healthy?
Monitor, monitor, monitor. Each cast member is completing a good faith health questionnaire at the beginning of every shift to provide critical information in determining symptoms and possible infection.

Will ground transportation be cleaned regularly?
Yes. Our ground transportation drivers as well as our seasoned maintenance team will be cleaning all high touch areas on vans, shuttles, and trams regularly throughout each day.

Will tram stops also be cleaned regularly?
Yes. Tram stops will be thoroughly disinfected every hour on the hour throughout the day.

Will luggage retrieval be handled differently this season?
Yes. Shepler’s will be limiting the number of guests permitted entry into the luggage retrieval areas at a time. Please be patient and courteous as guests in front of you retrieve their bags during your wait.

Will hand sanitizer be available for guest use?
Yes. Shepler’s has installed 77 hand sanitizer stations throughout the operation in Mackinaw City, St. Ignace, and Mackinac Island.

Have sneeze guards been installed at ticketing and other guest contact areas?
Yes. This includes installation inside our Mackinaw City and St. Ignace office areas.

Will Shepler’s still accept cash for ticket purchase?
Yes. However, Shepler’s is encouraging online purchases and the use of credit cards in person at all ticket windows.

Will Mackinac Island State Historic Park guidebooks be available for sale this season?
Yes. Guidebooks will be sold on all departures via a new process.

Will valet be available at either location?
No. As to prevent additional exposure to possible germs, a decision has been made to cease all valet services until further notice.

Does Shepler’s have a COVID-19 preparedness plan for cast members?
Yes.  Click here to download our Shepler’s Preparedness Response Plan.

Does Shepler’s have a COVID-19 Infectious Disease Control Policy and Procedure Plan?
Yes.  Click here to download the Shepler’s – Infectious Disease Control Policy 052820 for Website.

Will I be safe while visiting Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry?

Please remember that the risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists
in any public place where people gather.  At Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry, we’re working diligently to make constant changes to our operation, continually working to provide a clean environment for our guests.

Guests uncomfortable with situations where social distancing may not be possible for example when on planes, buses, subways, or ferry boats may want to consider traveing at a later date.

We ask that guests do their part by following the guidelines below when visiting:

• Should you be displaying symptoms of COVID or known to be COVID positive or should you have been exposed to someone displaying symptoms or someone known to be COVID positive, we ask that you refrain from visiting.
• Please be sure to wash your hands often throughout the day.
• Please be respectful of other guests, and be mindful not only of your personal space but the space of others, keeping reasonable distance whenever possible.
• Please avoid touching unnecessary common objects whenever possible.
• Please note that masks are required per Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order No. 2020-147

Updated Monday, July 10 at 12:50pm.

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Follow Along with Chris Shepler on a Tour of the 2020 Operational Changes