Shepler’s cruises typically head out from Mackinaw City, St. Ignace or Mackinac Island, but can also depart from, and return to, virtually any port in the upper Great Lakes. Our experienced U.S. Coast Guard-certified captains can take you to many points of interest in the Straits area and beyond.

Cruise beneath the Mackinac Bridge, around Mackinac Island, past historic lighthouses and along scenic coastlines. You and your guests will enjoy a memorable time together out on the beautiful Straits of Mackinac.

Cruise in comfort and convenience.

Shepler’s accommodates groups of up to 180 on our spotless ferry boats. Featuring comfortable seating and wide aisles, passengers can choose the enclosed lower deck, or experience an open-air panoramic setting topside.

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We can set up the cabin for a casual dining experience, ideal for hearty hors d’oeuvres or a buffet. Guests can sit down in the cabin or eat “picnic style” on the upper deck while taking in the sights. Don’t forget dessert!

Dance under the stars on the Sacre Bleu.

Take in a colorful sunset while you and your guests enjoy a relaxing time out on the lake appreciating the beautiful Straits area on the open-air Sacre Bleu. This vessel is the perfect setting for cocktails, dinner or dance parties.  Among the many upgrades on the Sacre Bleu, we improved the sound system so your guests can enjoy your personal playlist from your MP3 player through the boat’s surround sound speakers. Your guests are sure to talk about this experience for years to come. Please call for capacity.

Bar Service is available.

For planning assistance or to reserve a boat, please call Cindy, our Director of Cruises at 800-828-6157 or 231-436-5023, or email



“Your staff, with their wonderful service and friendly smile, gave our guests an evening they will never forget. The hors d’oeuvres, served with an open bar, added to the trip under the Mackinac Bridge that was framed by the blue sky and setting sun. This was only outdone by the return trip, which featured a full moon and a sky full of evening stars. Who would have ever thought a freight barge could be so classy, linen on the tables, party favors for all and a staff second to none.”

– Rod Yaich, “Father of the Bride”