Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park Private Events

Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park was originally in operation in the late 1780s, providing much of the lumber used to help build Mackinac Island. Witness the power of the creek harnessed to cut timber into lumber at one of the oldest industrial sites on the Upper Great Lakes. Then take time to explore the natural beauty of Mill Creek State Park, which has more than three miles of groomed hiking trails.

Cassondra Boothroyd, Special Events Coordinator

Types of Events

All events are expected to harmonize with the character, mission and public purpose of the site, such as dinners and receptions for convention and travel groups visiting Mackinaw City. Events celebrating birthdays, weddings, etc. are typically not permitted. Check with the Special Events Coordinator for more information on permissible events. In order to preserve the historical appearance of each site signs and decorations are restricted. Consult the Special Events Coordinator for more information.

Any properly licensed caterer can be contracted for your event at Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park. Mackinac State Historic Parks does not offer a catering service.


Rentals and special events may be scheduled from early May through October. All rentals include a 3-hour time block for decorating, dinner, and clean-up. Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park is available daily 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. during the operating season. Event set-up and preparation may begin after 5:30 p.m. for reception/dinner functions. No vendor or guest will be allowed to enter before that time. Guests may begin arriving any time after 6:30 p.m. Events and clean-up must be concluded by 10:00 p.m.


A deposit of $250.00 is required with application. Final payment must be received one month prior to the scheduled event.

  • Events hosting up to 75 guests: $750.00
  • Events hosting 76-150: $1,250
  • Tent (30’ x 60’) rental and set-up: $1,000.00

-Final payment is due day of event.


Contact the Group Travel Coordinator for an evening event application.


For more information:
Cassondra Boothroyd
(906) 847-3328
Box 370, Mackinac Island, MI 49757