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Fort Holmes Private Events

Fort Holmes Private Events

Fort Holmes is located on the highest point of Mackinac Island, deep in the interior of the island. Fort Holmes offers a nearly 360° view of Mackinac Island and the surrounding areas. Additionally, the reconstructed fort offers a unique setting for gatherings and events.


If you wish to view Fort Holmes, please call to schedule a visit. The fort is open to the public, and you may also view it without an appointment. Dates and times fill up fast and are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

Madisen Hansen
(906) 847-3328
207 W Sinclair, Mackinaw City, MI 49701


Schedule & Amenities

Private events may be scheduled at Fort Holmes from early May through October. All reservations include a 3-hour time block with the Fort Holmes exhibits available for viewing. In the summer months, Fort Holmes is available 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Event set-up and preparation may begin after 4:00 p.m. Hours may vary depending on season. Events must be concluded by 9:00 p.m. and clean-up finished by 10:00 p.m.

In the case of inclement weather, the private event will be relocated to the Huron Road Pavilion, located near Fort Mackinac. This property is not approved for tent usage.


A Mackinac State Historic Parks representative will be available throughout the private event to answer questions about the historic site.

Decorations must not in any way be affixed to, or otherwise endanger, museum buildings or collections. No tape and tacks of any type may be used to install decorations. Signage cannot be hung on the walls or within any windows.

It is the responsibility of the group to designate an individual to remove any decorations or other items immediately following the reservation; otherwise, the items will be removed and discarded by Mackinac State Historic Park staff. Mackinac State Historic Parks will not take the responsibility for storage of any items before or after the scheduled date.

Any special equipment brought onto a Mackinac State Historic Parks site must be approved prior to the day of the event. This includes lighting or amplifications systems.

Due to Mackinac State Historic Parks’ mission of preserving the natural integrity of the state park, only acoustic music is allowed. Use of amplification and sound systems must be approved by the Group Travel and Special Events Coordinator. Volume will be monitored by the Park Manager.

Properly licensed caterers are welcome at Fort Holmes. Excessive alcohol consumption within MSHP buildings and grounds is strictly prohibited.

“No Smoking” policy is enforced for all Mackinac State Historic Parks buildings and grounds.

There is no electricity at Fort Holmes.

There is a latrine near Fort Holmes which will be available for your guests. To reach Fort Holmes, guests will need to take Fort Holmes Road to the top of Mackinac Island. Not all taxi services are able to bring passengers to the top of the hill. Guests may need to walk up the final hill or use the stairs.

Fees and Refund Policy

Rental Fee

A non-refundable $250 deposit must be made to secure Fort Holmes for a private event. Deposits can be made via check or credit card.

  • 0-99 guests                                 $750
  • 100-149 guests                           $1,500
  • 150 or more guests                    $2,000

Refund Policy

  • $250 is non-refundable under any circumstances.
  • Cancellations 30 days or less prior to reserved date are non-refundable.