Per Governor Whitmer’s executive order No. 2020-147, masks are now required in all public indoor spaces, as well as any outdoor public spaces where maintaining a distance of six feet or more from other individuals who are not part of your immediate household.  This order specifically applies to both waiting for or riding on public transportation.  Exceptions to this order include children under the age of 5, those who cannot medically tolerate a mask, and those communicating with the hearing impaired or others who require seeing the mouth in order to communicate effectively.

We greatly appreciate your assistance in complying with this order.  Any guest of Shepler’s not complying with this order, will be denied access to our property. Thank you for choosing Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry; we value you as our guests.



Kathleen Johnson

Hi Kelly. We’re very sorry to hear this and we do apologize.

suzanne sterba

no need to apologize The problem these people seem to have with wearing a mask is beyond me! Sure im not crazy about it but I put one on every time im out and im coming later in september and am riding sheplers ferry to the island for my overnight stay

Nancy Hogan

Thank you for following the guidelines. This makes me feel more confident that we can have a safe trip in September.

David Briggs

We are so glad you are doing this! At age 66 i have a bullseye on my lungs for this disease. We will be there as planned. Maybe we will have the boat to ourselves!


I feel a lot more comfortable knowing that you’re enforcing this.

Kathleen Johnson

Thanks Jonathan! We appreciate you riding with us. We’re working hard to make sure all guests are comfortable while visiting.

S. Krause

Thank you for continuing to operate through this tough time! You are doing a great job looking out for the health of your staff and passengers. Can’t wait to start our day on the Island. No problem with the mask…it is required by the State of Michigan.

Kathleen Johnson

Thank you so much for the kind words – we certainly appreciate hearing them! See you soon.

David Louiso

So we have to have a doctors note when medically unable to wear a mask?

Kathleen Johnson

Hi David. We honor medical exemptions, yes. Thank you for asking.

Nick Larose

Can you tell me how many people are allowed on the boat? Concerned about crowding.

Kathleen Johnson

Hi Nick. Each of our motor vessels has a different load capacity. We’re working diligently to assure that all guests are comfortable, however we do know that not everyone is comfortable traveling at this time. We appreciate you commenting and look forward to seeing you when the time is right for you.

K Davis

Thank you SO MUCH for helping us care for our health and safety!


My mom is medically unable to wear a mask yet gets denied everywhere (maybe because she doesn’t look medically exempt right off the bat and they don’t believe her? We are unsure.) even though the governor herself exempts her and places acknowledge this exemption in their mask policy. So my question is before we head up, will you actually honor the medical exemption when we inform you she is medically incapable of a mask or will you turn her away once we get there?

Kathleen Johnson

Yes, Jessica. We understand that medical exemptions exist and we work diligently to assure everyone is comfortable while visiting. Thank you for asking in advance and we look forward to seeing you soon.


Ridiculous! Unfortunately we won’t be going any longer. Sad that people are bowing to a political scam.

Kathleen Johnson

Hi Scott. We’re sorry for any disappointment and we do hope to see you soon.

Nancy Rice

Are masks still required if one is riding on the upper deck? Just curious.

Kathleen Johnson

Hello Nancy. Yes, per the governor’s executive orders, masks are required while visiting. Thank you for asking and we appreciate you choosing Shepler’s!

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