Fort Mackinac in Winter
Cross Country Ski Trails
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued a new emergency order on 11-15-2020 that enacts a three-week pause beginning on 11-18-2020 targeting indoor social gatherings and other group activities in an effort to curb rapidly rising COVID-19 infection rates.
The Mackinac Island City Council reminds our loyal visitors not to travel to the island during this period due to the new order and the fact that there are no open public restrooms.
The 2020-2021 Winter Season on Mackinac Island is different than any other year in recent memory. There will be no organized events that promote large public gatherings. The traditional community Christmas Tree Lighting will be open to guests staying on the island but not to the general public as there will be no late ferry scheduled for that day. The Christmas Bazaar will be going virtual this year. You can still support this annual holiday event and follow along on their Facebook page Mackinac Island Christmas Bazaar.
A few retail shops will be open during the holiday season with limited hours and may offer the option of online shopping as well, see more information listed below in the Shopping section.
A complete list of winter businesses is provided below. Please keep in mind that the ferry schedule is limited this time of year and public restrooms are not available November – late April.
For more information visit the: Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau Winter Information
Mackinac Island in winter is the perfect place for travelers who want to enjoy all of the beauty and exhilaration of a snowy winter vacation up north. The uncrowded streets, lined with historic buildings, reveal the poignancy of the past to those who walk them while the snow quietly falls and the winter lights and holiday decorations celebrate a life lived simply.
The winter sports enthusiast can cross-country ski or snowshoe the trails that lead through the forests of Mackinac Island State Park, which covers 80 percent of the island. You can wind your way past Fort Mackinac up to the highest point on the island at Fort Holmes or venture to the natural landmarks of summer hikers – Sugar Loaf Rock and Arch Rock.
Although most of the hotels and restaurants on Mackinac Island are closed during the winter, there are a number of places to stay and few great spots to dine during the winter months. Doud’s Market is also open to supply any groceries or other provisions during your stay. The pages of Ski Mackinac were created to help you plan enjoy a wonderful winter vacation on Mackinac Island.
Featured Winter Lodging
Featured Winter Dining
This fabulous Mackinac Island eatery features an appropriate horse theme from the 1938 true life story of the famous horse, Seabiscuit. After purchasing this former 1800s bank building, the new owners, sisters and lifelong island residents Debra and Sandra Orr, completely renovated the structure, including removing two inches of mortar from the walls revealing beautiful… more...
Mustang Lounge: Michigan’s Most Historic Tavern! Family owned since 1964. Fully remodeled in 2008 using 200 year old timbers from the original fur trader warehouse construction. Famous for our custom hamburgers, exciting appetizers and homemade pizza! Outside seating available overlooking the heart of downtown Mackinac. The Islander’s year ’round hangout. Full bar featuring canned &… more...
Mackinac Island Christmas Bazaar – December 6 – 9, 2019
Experience the unofficial kick-off to winter on Mackinac at the Mackinac Island Christmas Bazaar, a fundraiser for the Mackinac Island Medical Center as well as St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Little Stone Church, Trinity Episcopal Church and the Mackinac Island Bible Church. Each year, the Mackinac Island Community gathers with friends and visitors to celebrate the… more...
Mackinac Island Winter Festival – February 1 – 3, 2019
Join Mackinac Island’s winter community at Great Turtle Park for a bonfire cook out, sledding, snow golf, archery, snow volleyball and broom hockey. Mackinac Island School hosts food and Photo Contest to select pictures for the 2020 Mackinac Island Calendar. Winter Festival is a fundraiser for Mackinac Island Recreational Development (MIRD). >>>>>> Information below is… more...
New Year’s Eve Celebration on Mackinac Island
December 27, 2019 to January 1, 2020 Ring in the New Year on Mackinac Island with countless opportunities for outdoor recreation. With cars banned, walk or snowshoe though a peaceful downtown Mackinac Island to one of the five accommodations, two restaurants and America’s Family Owned Oldest Grocery Store, Doud’s Market. Several shops also open their doors… more...
Getting To Mackinac Island in the Winter
Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry
Winter Service – Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry offers winter ferry service from St. Ignace to Mackinac Island November thru April, weather permitting. (Service is halted during the winter when the harbors freeze over – generally sometime in January to sometime in March or April. Check the website and/or facebook… more...
Fresh Air Aviation
Daily Flights to Mackinac Island from St. Ignace (Mackinac County Airport). Come experience the difference! We only utilize twin engine aircraft piloted by highly experienced aviation professionals. Come on, what are you waiting for! Ride with us and get a breath of Fresh Air. You’ll be glad you did! Please call 231-237-9482… more...
Great Lakes Air
We operate offices out of Mackinac County Airport in St. Ignace and in Alpena Michigan. Since acquiring Great Lakes Air in 2018 we merged with our Alpena operations to create a more diverse company. Our new management team has brought fresh ideas and continues making important improvements. Your safety is our top priority. Our pilots… more...
Getting Around Mackinac Island in the Winter
Mackinac Island Taxi Service – (906) 847-3323
All reservations for evening or early morning must be made the by 3pm the previous day.
Mackinac Wheels (517) 575-8585
Call ahead to reserve Fat Tire bikes.
Mackinac Island Winter Services Listing
For more information visit the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau Winter Page at: https://www.mackinacisland.org/mackinac-island-winter-season-2020-2021/