Michilimackinac State Park Visitation Tips

Visitation Tips & Courtesies

Getting Around

Michilimackinac State Park is an outdoor experience with no covered areas. Paved sidewalks meander through the park, and there is plenty of green space.

Pet Friendly

Well-behaved pets are welcome in Michilimackinac State Park. Please clean up after your pet.

Prohibited Activities

It is unlawful to do the following in Michilimackinac State Park:

  • Camp
  • Hunt
  • Build Fires
  • Use land for commercial operations without proper permission
  • Use a loudspeaker or public address system without proper permission
  • Engage in any disorderly conduct
  • Conduct excavations, diggings, or surveys without proper permission
  • Carry or possess a metal detector without proper permission
  • Fly a drone

See Mackinac Island State Park Commission General Rules for a full description of all park regulations.

Michilimackinac State Park Visitor Services

Visitor Services

Visitor’s Center

The Colonial Michilimackinac Visitor’s Center also serves as the Visitor’s Center for Michilimackinac State Park. It is located directly under the north approach of the Mackinac Bridge. The Visitor’s Center is a great place to begin your visit. Here you can talk to friendly staff who will answer your questions and provide you with helpful suggestions. The Visitor’s Center has a wide selection of Mackinac books and pamphlets, and is near two sets of restrooms. You can also purchase tickets for all of Mackinac State Historic Parks’ historic sites.

2023 Visitor’s Center Hours

May 10 – June 2
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
June 3– September 3
9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
September 4– October 7
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
October 12 – October 22 (Thursday-Sunday ONLY)
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

2023 Visitor’s Center Restroom Hours

Visitor’s Center Restrooms

May 10 – June 2
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
June 3– September 3
9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
September 4– October 7
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
October 12 – October 22 (Thursday-Sunday ONLY)
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

2023 Michilimackinac State Park Restroom Hours

May 1 – June 2
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
June 3– September 3
8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
September 4– October 22
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Accessibility 

Michilimackinac State Park features paved sidewalks that can occasionally become covered with sand. The path to the Bridgeview Gazebo is hard-packed gravel that can occasionally be covered with sand, and the gazebo has one step into it. Click here for further information about accessibility.

Michilimackinac State Park Travel Information

Travel Information

Michilimackinac State Park is split between Cheboygan and Emmet Counties, and is located on the shore of the Straits of Mackinac. It is located two blocks north of downtown Mackinaw City, a bustling business district filled with hotels, restaurants, souvenir stores and fudge shops.

Street Addresses

Colonial Michilimackinac Visitor’s Center: 102 West Straits Avenue, Mackinaw City, MI 49701

Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse: 526 North Huron Avenue, Mackinaw City, MI 49701

Administrative Office: 207 West Sinclair, Mackinaw City, MI 49701

Park Field Office and Maintenance Complex: 302 West Sinclair, Mackinaw City, MI 49701

Travel Directions

Click here to map your route to Michilimackinac State Park and for general travel information on your visit to Mackinaw City.

Mackinac Island State Park Visitor Services

Mackinac Island State Park Visitor Services

Visitor Services

Visitor’s Center

The Mackinac Island State Park Visitor’s Center is located on the shore at the foot of Fort Street across from Marquette Park. The Visitor’s Center is a great place to begin your tour of the island. Here you can talk to friendly staff who will answer your questions and provide you with helpful suggestions. The Visitor’s Center has well-maintained restrooms and a wide selection of Mackinac books and pamphlets. This is an ideal place to purchase tickets for Fort Mackinac, the Mackinac Art Museum, and the other state park historic buildings. Restrooms can also be found at the Visitor’s Center.

2023 Visitor’s Center Hours

May 5 – June 2
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
June 3 – September 3
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
September 4 – October 8
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

2023 Visitor’s Center Restroom Hours

May 1 – June 2
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
June 3 – September 3
9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
September 2 – October 22
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

British Landing Nature Center

British Landing Bike Repair Station

The British Landing Nature Center is located across from British Landing. The center includes information on the geology, plants, habitats and wildlife found on the island. Additionally, a large cedar tree trunk has been placed in the middle of the nature center and has various taxidermy animals on it with descriptions. Restrooms and a water fountain are also located at this facility. Additionally, a bike repair station is also located at the British Landing Nature Center, which includes a rack for your bike, repair tools, and an air pump.

2023 British Landing Nature Center Hours

June 3 – September 4
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

British Landing Nature Programs

Schedule announced soon.

2023 British Landing Nature Center Restroom Hours

May 1 – October 22
Open 24 hours

Arch Rock Rest Area

A restroom building, water fountain, picnic area and park information can be found at Arch Rock.

2023 Arch Rock Rest Area Hours

May 1 – October 22
Open 24 hours

Huron Road Rest Area

A restroom building, pavilion and picnic area can be found at the Huron Road Rest Area. Located next to Fort Mackinac off Huron Road. This space can also be rented for events. Email our events coordinator for more information. 

2023 Huron Road Rest Area Hours

May 1 – June 2
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
June 3 – September 3
9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
September 2 – October 22
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Station 256 Conference Room 

Located on the second floor of the Mackinac Island State Park Visitor’s Center, formerly the 1915 Coast Guard Station. This space can host small receptions and/or meetings. Click here for more information. 

Accessibility 

Island transport services and visitor attractions make special efforts to welcome people with disabilities and those using assistive devices. Motorized wheelchair units that are medically necessary are permitted on island streets. These units are available for rent on the island at Ryba’s Bikes (rybabikes.com or 906-847-3208).

The taxi service has special horse-drawn vehicles equipped for wheelchairs and available by contacting the dispatch office (906-847-3323). Advanced reservation is recommended. For additional information about accommodations for visitors with disabilities please contact individual businesses or the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau.  Click here for further information about accessibility.

 

Mackinac Island State Park Visitation Tips

Mackinac Island State Park Visitation Tips

Visitation Tips & Courtesies 

Getting Around

Please keep in mind that Mackinac Island State Park is an outdoor experience so prepare accordingly for various weather conditions. Automobiles were banned on Mackinac Island in 1898. The absence of cars has created a unique, charming and historic ambiance. But, how do you get around?

Most visitors travel by foot power, either walking or pedalling. Many of the prominent sites are less than a mile from the Visitor’s Center. Other popular sights are for more adventurous hikers. Even though there are no cars to contend with, walkers need to be cautious, watching out for horses and bikes, using sidewalks and foot paths where they are available.

Aside from walking, visitor transportation is via horse or bicycle. Mackinac Island is a bicyclist’s paradise, especially the road around the island. Eight miles in circumference, Lake Shore Boulevard (M-185) is the only state highway where cars are banned! Another great way to see the island is by horsepower. Horse-drawn carriage tours of the island’s scenic and historic sites are very popular. Click here for further information on biking and horse transportation. 

While the park includes over 80% of the island’s land, park boundaries meander irregularly, particularly near the downtown area and the west end. Non-park areas are under the jurisdiction of the City of Mackinac Island. Visitors should be respectful of private property, leaseholds and city regulations.

Road Safety

Remember that with hundreds of horses and more than 2,500 bicycles sharing the road, following traffic rules is a necessity. When walking, always use sidewalks, foot paths and crosswalks where provided. Cyclists ride to the right, yield to horses and pedestrians, park only in designated areas and observe all traffic safety signs.

Pet Friendly

Well-behaved pets are welcome in Mackinac Island State Park. Please clean up after your pet.

Prohibited Activities

It is unlawful to do the following in Mackinac Island State Park:

  • Camp
  • Hunt
  • Build Fires
  • Use land for commercial operations without proper permission
  • Use a loudspeaker or public address system without proper permission
  • Hold or participate in a road race without proper permission
  • Engage in any disorderly conduct
  • Possess or consume alcoholic beverages in Marquette Park between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.
  • Conduct excavations, diggings, or surveys without proper permission
  • Carry or possess a metal detector without proper permission
  • Fly a drone

See Mackinac Island State Park Commission General Rules for a full description of all park regulations.

Mackinac Island State Park Visitor Services

Mackinac Island State Park Visitor Services

Visitor Services

Visitor’s Center

The Mackinac Island State Park Visitor’s Center is located on the shore at the foot of Fort Street across from Marquette Park. The Visitor’s Center is a great place to begin your tour of the island. Here you can talk to friendly staff who will answer your questions and provide you with helpful suggestions. The Visitor’s Center has well-maintained restrooms and a wide selection of Mackinac books and pamphlets. This is an ideal place to purchase tickets for Fort Mackinac, the Mackinac Art Museum, and the other state park historic buildings. Restrooms can also be found at the Visitor’s Center.

2021 Visitor’s Center Hours

May 7 – June 4
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
June 5 – September 5
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
September 6 – October 10
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

2021 Visitor’s Center Restroom Hours

May 1 – June 4
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
June 5 – September 5
9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
September 6 – October 24
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

British Landing Nature Center

British Landing Bike Repair Station

The British Landing Nature Center is located across from British Landing. The center includes information on the geology, plants, habitats and wildlife found on the island. Additionally, a large cedar tree trunk has been placed in the middle of the nature center and has various taxidermy animals on it with descriptions. Restrooms and a water fountain are also located at this facility. Additionally, a bike repair station is also located at the British Landing Nature Center, which includes a rack for your bike, repair tools, and an air pump.

2021 British Landing Nature Center Hours

June 5 – September 18
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

British Landing Nature Programs

Schedule announced soon.

2021 British Landing Nature Center Restroom Hours

May 1 – October 24
Open 24 hours

Arch Rock Rest Area

A restroom building, water fountain, picnic area and park information can be found at Arch Rock.

2021 Arch Rock Rest Area Hours

May 1 – October 24
Open 24 hours

Huron Road Rest Area

A restroom building, pavilion and picnic area can be found at the Huron Road Rest Area. Located next to Fort Mackinac off Huron Road. This space can also be rented for events. More information coming soon.

2021 Huron Road Rest Area Hours

May 1 – June 4
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
June 5 – September 5
9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
September 6 – October 24
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Station 256 Conference Room 

Located on the second floor of the Mackinac Island State Park Visitor’s Center, formerly the 1915 Coast Guard Station. Click here for more information. 

Accessibility 

Island transport services and visitor attractions make special efforts to welcome people with disabilities and those using assistive devices. Motorized wheelchair units that are medically necessary are permitted on island streets. These units are available for rent on the island at Ryba’s Bikes (rybabikes.com or 906-847-3208).

The taxi service has special horse-drawn vehicles equipped for wheelchairs and available by contacting the dispatch office (906-847-3323). Advanced reservation is recommended. For additional information about accommodations for visitors with disabilities please contact individual businesses or the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau.  Click here for further information about accessibility.

 

Mackinac Island State Park Travel Information

Travel Information 

Mackinac Island State Park encompasses more than 80% of Mackinac Island. There are multiple ways to enter the park. A host of major landmarks reside within Mackinac Island State Park: Fort Mackinac, Marquette Park, Arch Rock, Sugarloaf Rock, British Landing, Fort Holmes, and many more.

Street Addresses

Mackinac Island State Park Visitor’s Center: 7165 Main St.

Administrative Office: 7029 Huron Rd.

Park Field Office and Maintenance Complex: 1856 Fort Service Rd.

Arch Rock: 6131 Arch Rock Rd.

British Landing: 3596 M-185

Mackinac Island State Park Airport, 7700 Annex Rd. 

The Mackinac Island Airport, operated by the Mackinac Island State Park Commission, has a 3,500-foot paved runway for propeller planes and small jets.  It is open year round, and is the only link with the mainland during the coldest months of the winter. Click here to learn more.

Travel Directions

Click here to map your route to Mackinac Island State Park and for general travel information on your visit to Mackinac Island.

Artist-in-Residence Program

**The link to apply is below. Please read all of the following information first before applying.**

Program Description

The Mackinac State Historic Parks Artist-In-Residence Program is designed to promote and encourage the creation of artistic works inspired by the history, natural wonders, and beauty of Mackinac Island. The residencies are available to artists in all mediums, including writers, composers, sculptures, and visual artists including photographers, among others.

The 2-week residencies are available beginning in early June and continuing through late September.

2023 Artist-in-Residence Schedule: 

June 6 – June 18, workshop June 14
June 20 – July 2, workshop June 28
July 4 – July 16, workshop July 12
July 18 – July 30, workshop July 26
August 1 – August 13, workshop August 9
August 15 – August 27, workshop August 23
August 29 – September 10, workshop September 6
September 12 – September 24, workshop September 20

The Residence

The resident artist is housed in the newly-remodeled second floor of the Mackinac Island Visitor’s Center, formerly the 1915 Mackinac Island Coast Guard Station. The residence, which overlooks the Straits of Mackinac, includes a studio apartment with one full size bed with bedding and towels provided, private bath and shower, kitchen with stove, sink, and full-size refrigerator, washer and dryer, WIFI, and basic kitchen and cleaning supplies. This is a historic building and the second floor is only accessible by stairway. This is a non-smoking facility and no pets are allowed. The residence is provided solely for the artist, and no guests are permitted without permission from MSHP. The residence is provided rent free.

The Station 256 Conference Room, which is immediately adjacent to the residence, is available by appointment for the artist when not in use by park. The artist also has access, with previous arrangement, to the work space in the lower level of The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum for project work and/or workshops.

Expectations

The artist is asked to provide one public presentation (workshop, lecture, reading, demonstration, etc.) during the residency. The presentation will take place at 7:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the artist’s residency. There are multiple options for the location of the presentation and a final decision will be made after the artist is selected. The artist will also contribute one piece of their work to Mackinac State Historic Parks within 12 months of the end of the residency.

The artist is responsible for transportation to and from and while on Mackinac Island as well as all personal equipment, supplies, and food. The resident can call for a dray or taxi (906-847-3323) on Mackinac Island to help transport their own supplies; this service will not be provided by Mackinac State Historic Parks. There is a grocery store located across the street. Check-in is on Tuesday between 3 and 5 pm, and a representative from Mackinac State Historic Parks will meet you at the residence; check out is on Sunday by 12 noon. No housekeeping is provided during the residency and artist is responsible for leaving the residence clean and in good order.

Application Process

Click here to apply for the 2023 Mackinac Island Artist-in-Residence Program.

Applications will only be accepted electronically. There is a $25 application fee, and applications will not be considered complete until the fee is received. The deadline to receive applications is January 13, 2023 by 5:00 p.m. EST. Additionally, all applications fees must be received by this date as well. An option to pay online is available while filling out the application. If you’d like to send a check, please use the address below.

Questions or comments on submitting your application can be sent to mackinacparks@michigan.gov.

Notification of acceptance will be by February 10, 2023.

If paying by check or money order, please send the application fee to:

Mackinac State Historic Parks
Attn: Artist-in-Residence Program
P.O. Box 873
Mackinaw City, MI 49701

Selection Process

A jury of representatives from Mackinac State Historic Parks, the Mackinac Island Arts Council, and the Mackinac Island Community Foundation will select from the pool of applicants. Selections will be made solely on the basis of merit and how their work can advance the program’s goal of encouraging the creation of artistic works inspired by the history, natural wonders, and beauty of Mackinac Island.

Artists-in-Residence for the 2023 season: 

June 6 – June 18, workshop June 14
June 20 – July 2, workshop June 28
July 4 – July 16, workshop July 12
July 18 – July 30, workshop July 26
August 1 – August 13, workshop August 9
August 15 – August 27, workshop August 23
August 29 – September 10, workshop September 6
September 12 – September 24, workshop September 20

Native American Cultural History Trail

Native American Cultural History Trail

The Native American Cultural Trail features six individual panels discussing the history and impact of Native Americans on the Great Lakes and is located on M-185, the road the encircles Mackinac Island.

“Native American history and culture was not something we were actively interpreting a great deal on Mackinac Island,” said Phil Porter, Mackinac State Historic Parks Director. “We hope these informational panels have and will continue to educate the public and provide perspective about the pre-contact history, trade, culture and more.”

The panels were drafted by Director of Archives and Records for the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians Eric Hemenway with help from Mackinac State Historic Parks staff and were installed by Mackinac Island State Park operations staff.

The Mackinac Island State Park Commission approved the project in late July 2015 and fundraising through Mackinac Associates began soon after.

“This is perfectly aligned with what Mackinac Associates is meant to do,” said Diane Dombroski, membership coordinator for Mackinac Associates. “Our members were so excited about and generous with this opportunity that we were able to exceed the goal.”

In addition to the panels, the areas next to the roadway where they are located have been landscaped and include benches and areas for bicycle parking.

“Biking around the perimeter of the island is a popular activity, but with three-quarters of a million people or more coming to the island every year it can get congested when visitors stop to take photos or admire the scenery,” said Porter. “Hopefully the convenience of these bike parking areas will decrease some of that congestion while simultaneously offering an important educational experience.”

The panels and areas surrounding them were designed to blend with the natural surroundings so as to not be obtrusive to the island’s natural beauty. Utilizing locally familiar products like cedar and limestone help the panels and parking areas blend into the environment.

“We were thrilled to see such terrific support for this worthwhile project,” said Porter.” This formalized interpretation of centuries of Native American culture on Mackinac Island will go a long way in promoting both enjoyment and understanding of the island’s rich history.”

The trail was officially dedicated in 2016. It is open all year.

Click here to view a map of the locations of the trail spots around the island.

Mackinac Island Airport

Mackinac Island Airport

The Mackinac Island Airport (MCD) is a busy self-service airport with a lighted 3,500 foot runway available 24 hours year-round for regional charter flights and private aircraft, to serve tourists and island residents alike. Major commercial airlines do not land here. There is no FBO (fixed base operator) or fuel; both are available in St. Ignace-83D). The facility & grounds are owned by the Mackinac Island State Park Commission, maintained and attended by a Mackinac State Historic Parks park ranger & park staff 8 am – 5 pm daily through the summer months. Off-season hours are adjusted for demand and as staffing allows October – May. Landing and overnight parking fees are established for all aircraft (see below); monthly & annual permits available. Lodging and restaurants are downtown along Main Street, 1.8 miles south of the airport. It is highly recommended pilots reserve a taxi before departing for MCD by calling the Mackinac Island Taxi Service directly 906-847-3323. There is no camping at the airport or on the island. Continue reading below or visit our website for more information & to view Mackinac Island State Park general rules (including E-bike & Drone restrictions), or call us anytime.

Also see ‘Helpful Links’ located at the bottom of the page.

Current weather conditions: KMCD Airport

Airport Terminal

A lobby seating area, restrooms, staff office/ night deposit drop box, weather station, pilot’s lounge, internet access, local brochures, & vending machines. Pilots have 24 hour access to the terminal. No bike rentals are available. The Historic Mackinac Island Visitor’s Guide & Map is sold at the office and features self-guided walking and biking tours throughout the island.

Transportation

Downtown shops and restaurants are located 2 miles south of the airport, with the option to walk or call the horse-drawn taxi service at 906-847-3323 ($7/person; 2 fare minimum + $1/minute driver-waiting time; cash only). Sorry, no bike rentals. It is highly recommended pilots reserve a taxi before departing for MCD by calling the Mackinac Island Taxi Service directly.

Charter flights on/off-island & throughout the region & beyond are available by directly contacting any of these individually owned & operated businesses for information:

Commercial airlines do not land on Mackinac Island, but they do operate out of these airports nearby:

Travel Tip: A charter flight may then be able pick you up from any of these airports and land at Mackinac Island Airport, or you may opt for shuttle or car rental transportation to St. Ignace or Mackinaw City to ride the ferry to the island.

Parking

The ramp can accommodate up to 25 single or twin piston aircraft, plus 6 small-medium jets, & single aircraft loading area.

  • Small to mid-size, single engine and twin engine aircraft (less than approx. 46 ft wingspan), please park on the West side of the ramp (RIGHT when entering ramp). Parking starts at $12.50.
  • Larger aircraft including turbo-prop and jets (more than 47 ft wingspan), please park on the East side of the ramp (LEFT when entering the ramp). Parking starts at $25.00.
  • During high traffic volume, Day-Users may be directed to the overflow parking on the turf both east and west of the paved ramp. Aircraft may park between the cones that mark the anchored aircraft cables for tie-downs.

Tie-down ropes/chocks are available on the ramp side of the terminal building, & electric outlets are available along the fence line east and west of the terminal. Sorry, we cannot accept reservations for aircraft parking on the ramp pavement. Priority is given to those parking overnight when possible.

Aircraft Landing & Parking Fees

All fees are payable at the terminal office or by phone. Please register your aircraft upon arrival during regular business hours, OR use our Night Deposit drop-box at the office door after-hours (use pilots’ access code to enter the building).

Landing/Overnight Parking fees posted below* for each aircraft. A paid landing is good for multiple same-day landings. For overnight parking after 10:00PM, add 1 aircraft fee per night, up to 4 nights (ex: 1 single piston landing (1 x $12.50) + 2 single piston overnights (2 x $12.50) = $37.50 due. 5 fee payments is equivalent to 1 monthly permit.)

  • Single Piston: $12.50 Monthly Permit $62.50 / Annual Permit $312.50
  • Twin Piston: $25.00 $125 / $625
  • Turbo Props & Jets: $34.50 $172.50 / $862.50

* For fleet information, please visit our website.

Winter at Mackinac Island Airport

The airport is the major lifeline for island residents when the winter ferry boat from St. Ignace to the island is forced to stop operations due to ice freezing over the lake. Almost daily – if flying conditions are fair – the airport terminal can quickly become a bustling, crowded space of passengers and goods. Island residents, pets, workers, tourists, school sports teams, freight, mail, hardware and building material, restaurant supplies, and groceries all depend on favorable flying weather, a plowed runway, and a warm terminal. However, when the weather turns foul there may be flight cancellations, sometimes lasting days. Life is ruled by the weather here – it is a fact of island living. All flights are by regional charter services (listed above), and unless other arrangements are made flights are usually between St. Ignace and Mackinac Island, which is about 6 minutes. Once at the airport, goods are unloaded from each aircraft by hand, sorted, and loaded by hand into sleighs towed by snowmobiles or onto drays (horse-drawn flatbed wagons) for delivery by drivers that sometimes make several trips into town and around the island in any weather or temperature. For passengers: snowmobiles and horse drawn taxis are the most common mode of winter transportation.

On-site snowmobile parking for residents & commuters is available with the required island snowmobile permit. Permits are sold at the airport office, state park field office, and downtown police station.

Helpful Links:

Contact the Mackinac Island Airport (906-847-3231) for further information.