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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 page for latest updates on service.)

Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry Winter Schedule – Page

Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry Winter Schedule – PDF

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Spring & Summer Service – Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry

Board the barrier free main decks of a Star Line Hydro-Jet ferry and enjoy a panoramic view of the Straits that includes the Mackinac Bridge.

Then sit back, relax and enjoy the area’s scenic beauty, from the comfort of our glass enclosed cabins or our open air observation decks. Watch as Star Line’s Hydro-Jets produce their distinctive 35′ roostertail spray.

Star Line Services

  • Over 65 Round Trips Daily (in season)
  • Free Daily Parking
  • Secured Overnight, Indoor & Valet Parking
  • Free Luggage Handling
  • Largest Modern Fleet Serving Mackinac Island
  • Only HydroJet Ferry Service On the Great Lakes
  • Glass Enclosed Lower Deck & Open Air Observation Deck
  • Handicap Accessible
  • Clean Restrooms & Enclosed Waiting Area at Docks
  • Major Credit Cards Honored

Quick Links:

2019 – 2020 Ferry Rates & Schedules

Order Tickets Online

Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry
587 N. State Street
St. Ignace, MI 49781
1-800-638-9892

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Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry On Facebook

Below are the latest postings from the Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry Page On Facebook.

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Wednesday April 1st, 2020 - 1:29 pm

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I’m so hoping to go in late May/early June,but it’s looking like Fall

Oh my, What peacefulness thank you for the picture

Bought our passes in November can't wait to go.

I forgot how much I miss the color blue in the sky!!!

Hell if I could travel I'd be there now

Peaceful

I want to go so bad

👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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Wednesday April 1st, 2020 - 1:56 am

Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry

Star Line Mackinac Island Hydro-Jet Ferry’s winter boat “The Mighty Huron” travels to Mackinac Marine Services boat yard for major refurbishment and modernization.

For immediate release:

Star Line Mackinac Island Hydro-Jet Ferry’s vessel name the Huron, affectionately known as “The Mighty Huron” by many Mackinac Islanders, has been in service as the primary winter service boat to Mackinac Island since the early 1950s. She ran under the Arnold Line flag for most of her life and was acquired by Star Line Mackinac Island Hydro-Jet ferry in 2016 when Star Line purchased Arnold Line. Star Line merged the assets of Arnold into its operation and kept the Huron as the primary winter service boat.

During that time Star Line has made continuous improvements to the vessel. She has visited the Burger Boat yard twice since 2016 for some major hull replacement, other repairs to her internal structure and mechanical updates. These changes were made in preparation for the third and final update to the Huron which are scheduled to be completed this summer at the Mackinac Marine Services ship yard in Saint Ignace, Michigan.

Some of the modernization updates that Star Line has commissioned for the boat is a complete electrification of the vessels proposal system. The existing Caterpillar engine will be replaced with an electric drive system modeled after the new Tesla semi-truck platform. Including a Tesla Supercharging battery array and solar roof charging system. The upgrades will also include the installation of hydrofoils to the ship’s hull, allowing for greater speed and stability during its trips to Mackinac Island and back. In the winter, the hydrofoils can be outfitted with special edges which allow the boat to travel over the frozen lake surface.

Another critical modification is the addition of Star Line’s patented technology known as the “Hydro-Jet®”. The Hydro-Jet will give the boat a significant speed increase, which is needed to reach hydrofoil velocity and will also produce Star Line’s signature “Rooster Tail” water spray at the back of the boat. With these updates the Huron is expected to exceed speeds of 30 MPH.

When asked about the about the Huron’s updates Star Line Senior Fleet Captain Kyle Wallis said “She is a heck of a boat and has been servicing Mackinac Island for many decades. With these new modifications she will provide service to the future and beyond!”

Star Line’s CEO said “We are all excited to get the Mighty Huron back into service as the updates are expected to be completed ahead of scheduled and to be well under budget.”
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Star Line Mackinac Island Hydro-Jet Ferry’s winter boat “The Mighty Huron” travels to Mackinac Marine Services boat yard for major refurbishment and modernization.

For immediate release:

Star Line Mackinac Island Hydro-Jet Ferry’s vessel name the Huron, affectionately known as “The Mighty Huron” by many Mackinac Islanders, has been in service as the primary winter service boat to Mackinac Island since the early 1950s.  She ran under the Arnold Line flag for most of her life and was acquired by Star Line Mackinac Island Hydro-Jet ferry in 2016 when Star Line purchased Arnold Line.  Star Line merged the assets of Arnold into its operation and kept the Huron as the primary winter service boat.  

During that time Star Line has made continuous improvements to the vessel.  She has visited the Burger Boat yard twice since 2016 for some major hull replacement, other repairs to her internal structure and mechanical updates.   These changes were made in preparation for the third and final update to the Huron which are scheduled to be completed this summer at the Mackinac Marine Services ship yard in Saint Ignace, Michigan.

Some of the modernization updates that Star Line has commissioned for the boat is a complete electrification of the vessels proposal system.  The existing Caterpillar engine will be replaced with an electric drive system modeled after the new Tesla semi-truck platform.  Including a Tesla Supercharging battery array and solar roof charging system.   The upgrades will also include the installation of hydrofoils to the ship’s hull, allowing for greater speed and stability during its trips to Mackinac Island and back.  In the winter, the hydrofoils can be outfitted with special edges which allow the boat to travel over the frozen lake surface.

Another critical modification is the addition of Star Line’s patented technology known as the “Hydro-Jet®”. The Hydro-Jet will give the boat a significant speed increase, which is needed to reach hydrofoil velocity and will also produce Star Line’s signature “Rooster Tail” water spray at the back of the boat.  With these updates the Huron is expected to exceed speeds of 30 MPH.   

When asked about the about the Huron’s updates Star Line Senior Fleet Captain Kyle Wallis said “She is a heck of a boat and has been servicing Mackinac Island for many decades.  With these new modifications she will provide service to the future and beyond!”

Star Line’s CEO said “We are all excited to get the Mighty Huron back into service as the updates are expected to be completed ahead of scheduled and to be well under budget.”

Comment on Facebook

Me & Jonny still think ya could pull skiers with them classic (not gonna fight them roostertails). www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=https%3A%2F%2Fvignette.wikia.nocookie.net%2Fjonnyquest%2Fimages%2Ff%...

I know I will be excited if I get the chance to ride one of your ferrys this year

Ok “guys “ no more , I’m too old for this stuff , totally believe in the goodness and truth of everyone!!!

The horses enjoying a smooth trip 😂👍

Cool. And I only know about hydrofoil design from reading The Hardy's Boys books😁!!

Have you considered using a drag chute? I"m afraid that the upgrades may cause you to overshoot the Island before you can get her stopped.

Pleased to read a good one!😆

Surface piercing hydrofoils?!? Everyone knows submerged hydrofoils have less drag and better control with active steering controls...I sure hope this is not an April fools joke...

Does employees from the island get a discount on tickets

Somebody has too much time on their hands. Like all of us do.

"...ahead of schedule and under budget." 😅😅😅

The funniest part of this post is reading the comments from people completely missing the joke.

Will james bond be the pilot...

Very well written. Almost had me!

Definitely April Fools....

Excellent!!!

What, no flux capacitor? 🙂

does it run up on legs like this?

Nice try!

Looks good with a blue bottom!

Good one.😅😂🤣

Good one😂😂

That was good

Wow nice!!!

Love it

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Tuesday March 31st, 2020 - 4:52 pm

Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry

Super Duck has BIG news to share with you all! He broke FREE from the icy tundra and is now swimming freely in Lake Huron as of yesterday, March 30th, 2020! We searched our 1,000 plus guesses and the FIRST person to guess the correct date was Terry Jubenville! So congratulations Terry on your two free passes to Mackinac Island! We hope you enjoy your trip over on one of our hydro-jet ferries and experience everything the Island has to offer! We are looking forward to meeting you! 🐥‼️⛴ ... See MoreSee Less

Super Duck has BIG news to share with you all! He broke FREE from the icy tundra and is now swimming freely in Lake Huron as of yesterday, March 30th, 2020! We searched our 1,000 plus guesses and the FIRST person to guess the correct date was Terry Jubenville! So congratulations Terry on your two free passes to Mackinac Island! We hope you enjoy your trip over on one of our hydro-jet ferries and experience everything the Island has to offer! We are looking forward to meeting you! 🐥‼️⛴

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What a fun game. Early this year.

Quack,Quack I am finally in the water. 🦆🌊🌊

Congrats! That was fun.

In Alaska, there’s a huge contest every spring to guess when a tripod on the Tanana River breaks free. The winner/winners can get a big pay out. It’s been around for decades.

Congratulations to the winner! Enjoy your trip. I immensely enjoyed the ride that goes under the bridge!!!

Are the boats even running now?

I wish I had been reading more closely to know this was a contest.

Congratulations to the winner!

No,he was supposed to wait till Thursday

Congratulations

So beautiful 🤗

Awesome..🐥👏 Fun time's

Congratulations!!

This was &un

Congrats 🤩

Congratulations

You can do it.

Congratulations!!!

Congrats!

Where did it come from?

Congrats 🐥

Congrats!!!

Congrats

Darn I was 1 day too late

Congrats Terry!!

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Monday March 30th, 2020 - 9:54 am

Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry

Super Duck Update‼️🐥
He’s about to head dive into the Great Lakes before you know it! There’s only a couple more feet between him and Lake Huron! We have a feeling with the rain and warm temps coming our way, Super Duck might be swimming away to the Island! Make sure you comment your guess of what day you think he will break free of the ice on our first post! Keep an eye out for the next update as it might be the last! 🤩
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Super Duck Update‼️🐥
He’s about to head dive into the Great Lakes before you know it! There’s only a couple more feet between him and Lake Huron! We have a feeling with the rain and warm temps coming our way, Super Duck might be swimming away to the Island! Make sure you comment your guess of what day you think he will break free of the ice on our first post! Keep an eye out for the next update as it might be the last! 🤩

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April 3rd. My oldest son's birthday and he Loves Mackinac Island ❤️

It will be my birthday April 5th

April 1st...he is going to fool us & swim away early.

Thursday morning about 10:37 am

April 7, my birthday.

April 1st. April Fools Day. 👏👏😂

Still saying April 1st.

What does it mean or do when it hits the water?

Go duck.

April 5, my daughters birthday!

April 1st 😁

Easter Sunday. April 12th.

Looks choppy today

April 2, 2020

April 4th

April 6

April 10

April 4th, 2020 🦆

April 16th

March 29

April 1st

April 5 for my Birthday

April 2nd.

April 4

April 8th 😊

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Saturday March 28th, 2020 - 9:21 am

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Stand Strong America!

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I forgot about the Islands little Statue of Liberty until I saw this. Thanks for sharing it. God bless America!

Nature thanks humanity for the gift given to reflect,breath,appreciate this wonderful Earth! Let’s all take care of each other! Blessings to all the world,let’s take good care of our 🌍 world!💕💕💕🙏🙏🙏

Yes God bless the world!😊♥️♥️

we have to be strong: we are God's nation forever. We have some evil people here, but the vast majority love God, their families, babies, and the Word.

God bless America!!

🗽🇺🇸! If hell don’t freeze over and the creeks don’t rise I plan on visiting this summer! My happy place!

Yes, “God bless America”......from sea to shining sea......!!!

God bless America 🙏

God bless America

God Bless America!

Yes. Love this

America strong!

Yes Love this pic

I did not realize this! How cool!! Will have to check it out this summer.

Amen

🇺🇸🗽 💕

👍👍👍👍

God Bless Everyone Amen!

God bless America

🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

🗽🇺🇸🙏

🙏🙏🙏🙏

God Bless America stay strong

GOD Bless Israel, GOD Bless America

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