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Boating Minimize

Mackinaw City’s miles of shoreline are washed by the fresh clean waters of two of the Great Lakes. The vastness of the cool lake waters keeps the air temperatures cool even on the hottest summer days. But this convergence of land and water causes rapidly changing weather patterns, from perfectly calm to high winds and waves. Before going on the water always check the weather forecast and carry safety gear. Mackinaw City has a very busy port with ferry boats coming and going at 15 minutes intervals during the peak of summer. In addition, large freighters traverse the waters regularly. These busy waters make it imperative that all boaters have an escape plan should their propulsion system fail.



Mackinaw City has two marinas: the Municipal Marina, directly east of Village Hall, is managed by village staff. The Municipal Marina is for seasonal and transient boaters. Please call 231-436-5351 if you are seeking a seasonal slip in one of Michigan’s best locations.

Further south is a state-managed marina for transient boaters, called Straits State Harbor. Both are regulated by the State’s Waterways Commission and charge the same fees. Both marinas offer boat launch ramps, bathroom and shower facilities, trash receptacles, electrical service, water, pump-outs, internet, laundry, dog runs, and picnic areas. Both are open from May 1st to November 1st and are on the State reservation system Both marinas sell gasoline and the state marina sells diesel fuel. Bicycles are available at the municipal marina. There is a marine supply store adjacent to the municipal marina. Municipal Marina 231-436-5351 Straits State Marina 231-436-5326.


Canoes, kayaks, and jet skis:

If you have a small canoe or kayak, you can carry your boat to the water across any of the pocket parks or at the road end at McGulpin Point Historic Site on the west side of town. You may also want to explore French Farm Lake off of Trails End Road or Cecil Bay, which can be accessed from 1st Beach off of Trails End Road.

Or you can launch your canoe, kayak, or jet ski at either marina for a fee.

Always take safety precautions when operating on the water and children and teens should always be supervised.





Village of Mackinaw City
102 South Huron - PO Box 580 Mackinaw City, MI 49701
Phone: 231-436-5351 - Fax: 231-436-4166 

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