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 high traffic areas assisting guests in navigating all our properties.

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 maintain 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, guests bathrooms, ground transportation vehicles and more.

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

Will masks be required?
Shepler’s Ferry does not require our guests to wear masks while onboard our vessels.

Are Masks required on Mackinac Island?
There are no requirements for masks outside on Mackinac Island. Within some shops and businesses masks are not required for those who are vaccinated. When traveling overnight please check with your hotels as their mask policies may differ from the City of Mackinac Island’s downtown policies.

Will Shepler’s ferry boats be full to capacity?
While Shepler’s decision to reduce capacity of our vessels has given many guests a reason to choose Shepler’s during the 2020 season, the signature first class service of our crew members and the experiences they deliver to guests every day have proven to continue through these times. With the introduction of new cleaning services, Shepler’s has decided to run at full capacity during the 2021 season and thereafter.

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 the day.

Will tram stops be cleaned regularly?­­
Yes – tram stops will be thoroughly disinfected throughout the day with a hydro backpack sprayer.

Will hand sanitizer be available for guest use?
Yes – Shepler’s has installed 77 hand sanitizer stations throughout the operations 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 accept cash for ticket purchases?
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 aboard all ferries to Mackinac Island by a contact free process.

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 safe environment for our guests. 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.

Updated Tuesday, April 1, 2022 at 4:30pm.

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