Historic Mill Creek offers several scenic areas for wedding ceremonies, from a 50-foot tower that overlooks the park and the Straits of Mackinac to the millpond bridge with the historic water-powered sawmill as a backdrop.
Schedule & Amenities
Weddings may be scheduled at Historic Mill Creek from early May through October. All wedding reservations include a 2-hour time block for decorating, ceremony, pictures, and clean-up. Rehearsals can also be scheduled the day before.
May, September, and October wedding ceremonies can be scheduled to begin between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. In June, July and August weddings must start between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. Weddings are only allowed to start after Historic Mill Creek closes to the public, allowing exclusive use of the site.
The benches from the saw pit demonstration within Historic Mill Creek will be used for seating. Additional chairs (up to 50) are $2.00 each. A Mackinac State Historic Parks representative will be available throughout the ceremony. In the case of inclement weather, the pavilion located near the Historic Mill Creek Visitor’s Center will be the designated weather back-up.
— Mackinac State Historic Parks has no resident or affiliated clergyman. Couples married at any Mackinac State Historic Parks wedding venue must select a clergyman or public official to perform the ceremony.
— If floral arrangements or musicians are part of your wedding ceremony, they may arrive no earlier than 45 minutes prior to ceremony time.
— All 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. Candles are prohibited within any building, except for a (1) unity candle.
— No fake, fabric or paper flower petals may be tossed outside. Only real flower petals will be permitted. No rice, birdseed or similar material may be scattered inside buildings or outside.
— It is the responsibility of the wedding party to designate an individual to remove any decorations or other items immediately following the ceremony. Otherwise, the items will be removed and discarded by park staff one hour after. We are unable to store any items before or after the scheduled date.
— Electricity is available in the park, but accessibility to the outlet is limited.
— Parking for your wedding guests must be in the parking lot of the Historic Mill Creek Visitor’s Center. A layer of sand sometimes covers the hard-packed trail to and within the park. Restrooms are located at the pavilion and will remain open for your guests. There is no dressing room or staging area at Historic Mill Creek.
$1,000 (Friday-Saturday) $800 (Sunday-Thursday)
— $400 is non-refundable under any circumstances.
— Cancellation received in writing 61 days or more prior to reserved date – $600 refund for Friday-Saturday weddings, $400 for Sunday-Thursday weddings.
— Cancellation received in writing 60-31 days prior to reserved dates – $300 refund for Friday-Saturday weddings, $200 for Sunday-Thursday weddings.
— Cancellations 30 days or less prior to reserved date are non-refundable.
Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park Wedding Application PDF
If you wish to view Historic Mill Creek, please call to schedule a visit. The park 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.
207 W Sinclair, Mackinaw City, MI 49701