7 Tips for the Best Fall on Mackinac Island

Every season has its own special qualities on Mackinac Island, but Fall seems to bring out the true beauty.  Warm breezes turn crisp and the deep green of the pine trees mingle with the flaming reds and yellows of the Maple and Beech trees.  If you are planning a trip to enjoy the Island’s majestic… Read more »

Lilacs are in bloom!

The lilacs are in bloom and the 70th Annual Mackinac Island Lilac Festival has begun! We are so thankful to the French for bringing these fragrant flowering trees bursting with a plethora of purple and white to our little island in northern Lake Huron.  It allows us to celebrate every June as the flowers bloom. … Read more »

The Reason Behind the Smiles

Do you love your job? We do.  And it shows in the smiles that you see when you ride our ferries. As any company can, we could give you a list of benefits and perks of working for us. But, when we start recruiting new cast members, we aren’t looking for people who just like… Read more »

It’s Building Season on Mackinac

Even before the 2017 season was over, we were planning for 2018.  We have quite a few improvement projects in the works and they started November 1st, the day after we closed for the 2017 navigation season.  We are certainly not wasting any time! Mackinaw City Parking Our top priority in the off-season for Mackinaw… Read more »

Here we grow again…

If you have ridden with us in the past few years, you will have experienced that our Island dock is small, congested, and typically just hard to navigate.  This has not gone unnoticed by our team.  Our company has never had growth like we have this year.  With the increase in tourism throughout Northern Michigan,… Read more »

5 Best Reasons to Celebrate Fall on Mackinac Island

One more month of Summer.  We keep telling ourselves that.  We are always sad to see the warm weather leave us, but as summer fades to fall, we find ourselves in our favorite season of the year. There is nothing like fall on Mackinac Island, and here are our top 5 reasons why… 5 – The… Read more »

Race to Mackinac

It is yacht race season on Mackinac Island! If you have ever been to the Island during the two weeks that comprise our sailing season, you know that the streets are hopping and the Pink Pony is packed to the railing.  Every year thousands of racers start the trek north from Chicago or Port Huron… Read more »

Cast Member Spotlight – Benjamin W.

Written by: Carolyn Clark, Intern from Alma College Our second installment of Cast Member Spotlight to highlight the great people we have working for Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry. Employee: Benjamin W. Position/Location: Dock/Deck Hand in St. Ignace Years with the company: Rookie Season Hometown: Naubinway, MI About Ben: Ben is 20 years old and attends Western… Read more »

6 Fun Things to do with Kids on Mackinac Island

Now that school is out and summer vacation is in full swing, we know more of you are planning your summer vacation.  Traveling with kids is a blast, but sometimes it can be hard to find things that the whole family will enjoy.  We put together a list of 6 fun things to do on... Read more »

Cast Member Spotlight – Carolyn C.

Employee: Carolyn C. Position/Location: Dock Hand in Mackinaw City/ Intern in St. Ignace Office Years with the company: Third season with Shepler’s Hometown: Cheboygan, MI About: My name is Carolyn C. and as a part of my internship with Shepler’s I will be writing a few blogs each month highlighting one of our cast members…. Read more »