Welcome to Mackinac County. If a perfect day for you is one spent near the water, you will find a year of perfection here. Cross the Straits of Mackinac. Feel your heart go free.
YOUR GREAT LAKES PLAYGROUND
Places like St. Ignace make the most of being along the shores of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Here you can stroll the boardwalk, visit a lighthouse, marina, fishing pier and beaches. Or fill your day exploring this historic city’s unique shops, tasty eateries, museums and other attractions such as Castle Rock, Hiawatha National Forest and the Mystery Spot.
A must-see destination is Mackinac Island. Two ferry services operate from the St. Ignace harbor and offer the shortest crossing to the island. This beautiful oasis on Lake Huron will transport you back in time. Hear the clomping of horse hooves, breathe in the sweet aroma of fudge and see the breathtaking vistas and Victorian architecture. History comes to life every day, especially at Fort Mackinac with its 14 restored buildings from the 1700s and exciting reenactments.
When you return to the mainland, drive west on US-2. Scenic Lake Michigan is at every bend. Make your way to Naubinway. Take time to watch commercial fishermen perform the same ritual as their ancestors of the past 150 years have done — delivering fresh whitefish and trout to their docks. Stop at the Naubinway Antique Snowmobile Museum or visit the Garlyn Zoo. Then go north to Curtis and Manistique Lakes, where days of boating, camping and hiking await you. From St. Ignace you can also go northeast to Hessel and Cedarville. This region, known as Les Cheneaux, has 36 islands. Paddle your way around them in the morning and play golf in the afternoon. Naturalists and birding enthusiasts also will find forested trails and quiet stretches of beach nearby.
See the Mackinac Bridge, Mackinac Island and the St. Ignace region from the sky. Daily parasailing excursions from the St. Ignace dock offer once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
CELEBRATE TOGETHER YEAR ROUND
Throughout the year, Mackinac County communities bring people together. Mackinac County does a fabulous job preserving its Native American and 300+ years of European and American settler history. Museums, historic markers, parks and Victorian-era buildings help you relive the stories. The county’s vintage snowmobile museum, classic car and boat shows tell more recent history. In winter there are pond hockey championships, lilacs in spring, fireworks every Saturday in summer and harvest fun in fall.
Curtis Chamber of Commerce
Les Cheneaux Islands Chamber of Commerce
Les Cheneaux Islands Tourist Association
Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau
Manistique Lakes Area Tourism Bureau
St. Ignace Chamber of Commerce
St. Ignace Visitors Bureau
Top of the Lake Communities Association