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6/11/20: Schedule Update

Please note the following schedule change effective beginning Friday June 12, 2020.  To receive email updates regarding schedule changes, please click here to join our exclusive list. Thank you and we look forward to seeing…

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5/25/20: 2020 Operational FAQ

We encourage guests traveling with us this season to review the following operational FAQ prior to arrival.  Thank you in advance and we appreciate you choosing to #RideSheplers in 2020 during our 75th season. Will…
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5/19/20: 2020 Opening Day Confirmed for Friday May 29th

Greetings from the Straits! We're thrilled to announce that our 75th season will officially commence on Friday, May 29th when service begins from both Mackinaw City and St. Ignace at 7:30am. Unlike recent years where…
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4/16/20: A Message To Our Guests Regarding 2020

Greetings from the Straits! Now more than ever, your support, kindness, and patience as our valued guests is sincerely appreciated. It’s obvious at this time, that we will not be embarking on our 75th season…

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3/13/20: A Message from the Shepler Family Regarding Covid-19 (Updated 6/1)

Greetings from Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry.  Our 2020 season is now officially underway and we look forward to welcoming you to Mackinac Island very soon!  The information below was first published on March 13, 2020…
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2/1/20: William Richard Media Updates

We’re thrilled to say that our greatest project ever is finally in the home stretch.  Special thanks to all those who’ve taken an interest in covering the progress down at Moran Iron Works in Onaway. …

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1/23/20: Our 2019 Freight Season Has Concluded

What began on April 3 with our mighty Sacre Bleu freight boat’s first haul of the 2019 season, has officially concluded with our final trip of the year ending last night, January 22 around 7:30pm…

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12/3/19: 2020 Tickets Now on Sale

Greetings from a snow covered Straits area.  We’re thrilled to announce that our 2020 schedule is now live and there’s no better time to begin planning your best Mackinac Island experience ever.   Daily ferry…

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10/31/19: Sayonara 2019, and Thank You

Greetings and thank you all for a fabulous 2019.  Our navigation season has now officially concluded and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank not only our stellar crew, but also you, our guests. …

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10/02/19: WinSome Women October 15-18 Fall Retreat Ferry Schedule

Welcome, all WinSome Women Fall Retreat guests!  We’re thrilled to have you back for another inspirational event at Grand Hotel.   Please note the following departure schedule for this fall’s event, October 15-18, 2019.  Addition…

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9/27/19: The William Richard Takes Shape at Moran Iron Works

September 27, 2019: Progressive and exciting news from Onaway via our Fleet Captain Billy Shepler.   "Frames are rapidly being shored up together both forward and aft giving the motor vessel a more defined shape. …
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9/26/19: Announcing the William Richard, All Aboard in 2020

Earlier this month, it was with great excitement that we announced our latest fleet addition will be named the William Richard, in honor of our chairman, dad, grandfather, captain, teacher, coach, and mentor – William…

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09/18/19: Special Departures Added for 2019 GOP Conference

As the official ferry provider of the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference, we’re pleased to announce the following schedule of special departures for this weekend’s event.   Friday, September 20 and Saturday, September 21 11:30 p.m.…

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09/13/19: First Look at #SheplersNewRide

Our first look at #SheplersNewRide, under construction at Moran Iron Works in Onaway.  Progress via our fleet captain, Billy Shepler:   "The overhang for the jets on the aft deck is complete where the HamiltonJets…
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09/10/19: Ferry Naming Announcement Planned for September 17

We’re thrilled to have a date and time set for the naming of our latest motor vessel.   Our chairman Bill Shepler, alongside children and partners Chris, Billy, and Patty, will unveil the name of…

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07/29/2019: Labor Day Bridge Walk Direct Departures

Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry is excited to once again be offering direct departures between Mackinaw City and St. Ignace for this year’s 62nd Annual Labor Day Bridge Walk on Monday September 2, 2019. Tickets Tickets…

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06/10/19: #SheplersNewRide Officially In Production

Building projects typically break ground to kick things off.  In our case, we break metal – actually cut it to be specific.  Special thanks to our friends at Moran Iron Works for a very special…

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06/09/19: Announcing #SheplersNewRide

We’re thrilled to announce that we’re building a new boat! A made in Michigan motor vessel will be built by the team at Moran Iron Works in Onaway. Follow our next adventure using #SheplersNewRide as we sail into the next generation of ferry service to Mackinac Island.

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04/29/19: 2019 MPC Travel Tips

Welcome Aboard for the Mackinac Policy Conference! Tickets Your Conference voucher received in your confirmation packet is your ferry ticket – no exchange necessary for an actual Shepler’s boarding pass.  Be sure to keep the…

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03/22/19: 2019 Win-Some Women Spring Ferry Schedule

Welcome to the Spring session of Win-Some Women!  Please see below for the schedule of departures for May 14th – 17th, 2019.  The additional departures that we are running for the conference are shaded in…

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2/28/19: Mackinac Island Dock Expansion Updates

Mackinac Island Dock Expansion When we first started telling you about our Mackinac Island Dock expansion project back in the fall of 2017, we had no idea the impact the weather would have on the…

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02/14/19: Puppy Love From Your Pet-Friendly Ferry

We are celebrating our furriest, friendliest, tail-waggingest guests!  We LOVE your pets and there are many ways that we show it. Your pet will always get a free ride on Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry.  We…

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01/29/19: 2019 Schedules Announced

In preparation of our 2019 season that starts on April 21st, we have released our ferry and cruise schedules.  You can also purchase ferry tickets here. Our ferry schedule has more departures that ever to…

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01/29/19: 2019 4th of July Cruise Details

Join us in celebrating Independence Day on the Straits of Mackinac. The 4th of July is a great time to be in Northern Michigan and we have the best place for you to watch the…

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01/21/19: 2019 Parking Information

We are excited to announce another enhancement to our operation.  We are implementing a new and improved parking system designed for optimum efficiency for you, our guests. St. Ignace Guests If you travel with us…

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01/18/19: 2019 Night Sky Cruise Descriptions

Join us for a wonderful night under the stars.  Mary Stewart Adams will provide her signature storytelling of sky lore and the celestial events that are happening right before your eyes as we cruise the…

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10/31/18: Another Season In The Books

Every year we get to the last day of the season and think, “where did the time go?” It’s no different this year as we end our 73rd season, and we want to say thank…

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09/27/18: Seven Tips for the Best Fall on Mackinac

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…

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07/10/18: Choose Shepler’s For The 2018 Bridge Walk

Ride Shepler’s and walk the ENTIRE Mackinac Bridge this 2018 Labor Day!   Mackinaw City to St. Ignace SOLD OUT This Labor Day, we are excited to be offering three direct departures for the morning bridge walk.…

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06/08/18: Lilac Season on Mackinac

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…

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01/19/18: All Smiles at #TeamShepler

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…

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11/07/17: Thanks for a Great Season

As we enter November, the month for Thanksgiving, we can’t help but to think back on this year and be grateful to all of our guests and cast members that made our 72nd year a…

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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…

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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…

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Mackinac Bridge Closure for Labor Day

The Mackinac Bridge will be closed to vehicles from 6:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Labor Day (Monday, September 4th).  This is the first time that the Bridge has been closed for the Labor Day…

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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…

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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…

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St. Ignace Ferry Schedule Change Friday, June 9th

Due to a high volume of group reservations on Friday, June 9th, we have to cancel the following departures: 9:00 am  Ferry St. Ignace to Mackinac Island 9:30 am Ferry Mackinac Island to St. Ignace…

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Summer is here!

We always mark Memorial weekend as the first sign of summer, and this year it did not disappoint! Temperatures in the low 70s, not a cloud in the sky, and the wind even cooperated (on…

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Winter Improvements (Part 2)

The Hope The Hope’s story started in 2009 when the need for a larger aft deck presented itself.  Families were starting to travel with more bikes and more luggage.  While the 150 person capacity was…

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Winter Improvements (Part 1)

When winter hits the Straits of Mackinac, we don’t go into hibernation.  We take advantage of the “down-time” to make improvements to our fleet. One of our main projects over the winter has been the…

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What does “Opening Day” Mean to Us?

When you hear the term “Opening Day”, you might imagine a fresh cut infield and the smack of a bat hitting a leather-covered ball. When we hear “Opening Day”, we are immediately overwhelmed with the…

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Shepler’s Scheduled Cruises FAQs

Please be sure to read all cruise related FAQs prior to purchasing tickets.   Before You Go: Scheduled cruises may operate in inclement weather including rain or fog.  Please plan to wear layers (including a…

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Safety First – 5 Questions with Billy Shepler

Have you noticed a difference in the way our boats look this year? It’s not that they are clean and sparkly, they’ve always been that way. It’s not that they have been painted a different…