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Michilimackinac State Park Accessibility

The historic and natural environments of the Straits of Mackinac sometimes present impediments to accessibility. Blowing sand, natural trails and steep grades can make traveling difficult. Many 18th and 19th century buildings have entrance steps, narrow doorways and other physical barriers. The sites are mainly outside, feature loud noises, various smells, and people in period costumes. 

Continuous effort is made to make all aspects of Mackinac State Historic Parks accessible. Where possible, physical changes have removed barriers. Alternate programs or services provide additional access opportunities and future projects will continue to improve access.

Museum and Park Services

  • Guides to Access are available at the Colonial Michilimackinac Visitor’s Center. 
  • Service animals are permitted at all sites and in all buildings.


Outdoor surfaces are paved sidewalks, gravel, grass and sand. Pathways can sometimes become covered with a layer of sand.

Click here for the Mackinaw City Guide to Access

Moderate Access

Access may be limited for some visitors with mobility impairments in these buildings:

  • Picnic tables and grills are located throughout the park on grassy areas. 
  • The Bridgeview Gazebo has one entrance step.


  • Beach areas are rocky, and there is no accessible area to enter the water.
  • Swimming is not recommended, and no lifeguards are on duty.

Sensory Considerations

Below are some things to consider during your visit:
  • General
    • Visiting Michilimackinac State Park is an outdoor experience. The weather can change quickly in northern Michigan, ranging from hot to cold, calm to very windy, and dry to humid and rainy. 
    • While usually not too bad, a variety of insects may be present while visiting the fort. In spring and early summer, non-biting/non-stinging flies will be found along the lakeshore in large numbers.
    • Food and drinks can be enjoyed throughout Michilimackinac State Park.
    • Some spaces may become crowded.
  • Sounds
    • Artillery and musket demonstrations from Colonial Michilimackinac can be heard within the park. Click here for a schedule of demonstrations at Colonial Michilimackinac.
    • The Fog Whistle at Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse is sounded at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. It includes three short whistle blasts. 
    • Traffic noises from the Mackinac Bridge can be heard throughout the site.

All Accessibility at Mackinac State Historic Parks

Click here for access concerns at all Mackinac State Historic Parks sites.