Step back into time on Mackinac Island

The Mackinac Bridge

Mackinaw City and the Mackinac Bridge are only a short 30 minute drive from Trout Creek. Both are well worth the trip. Mackinac Island is easily accessible when you hop on a Shepler’s Ferry and only a 20 minute ride over the Straits of Mackinac. Again…well worth the trip. They are all historic, offer adventure, great photo opportunities and fun for all ages.

Check out this great 1944 film about Mackinac Island (Don’t forget to turn up your speakers) The charm and beauty of this famous Island will never change. Come visit to see for yourself.

Shepler’s ferry will get you there

When you ride the Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry over to the Island, you will have the choice of either riding down below or on the top deck of the boat. The views are spectacular and provide great photo opportunities.

Explore Mackinac Island

There are several ways to explore the Island. Motor vehicles are not permitted so here are some fun suggestions.

  • Carriage Tours offer a narrated tour of the Island
  • Horseback ride
  • Bike ride – there are several bike rental shops on the island
  • Walk and Hike – maps are provided at the Tourism Bureau (next to the Carriage Tour building)

Fun things to do once you arrive

There is so much history to explore on Mackinac Island. The downtown area includes five structures that remain from the island’s fur trading past. You may also find it interesting to know that the McGulpin House is thought to be Michigan’s oldest existing structure. Along with the fascinating history, these are some of the other many activities for you and your family to explore. 

  • Eat fudge…of course
  • Visit historic Fort Mackinac & Arch Rock
  • Eat lunch at the famous Grand Hotel
  • Ride a bike around the Island – only 8 miles. 
  • Visit the Butterfly House & Wings of Mackinac
  • Shop & eat ice cream

did you know?

To explain the differences in the spelling of Mackinac vs. Mackinaw…I have included a recent article written by Joe Grimm of the Detroit Free Press. We are sure that you will find this piece amusing and interesting.

You Haven’t Lived Here Until…You finally learn to say Mackinac

How do you say it? It ends in “awe,” never “ack”. Never, ever. Make Mackinac rhyme with Saginaw. Doesn’t that sound nicer? If you simply MUST say “ack”, you can call the bridge “The Big Mac.” That’s the only time you can say “ack”.

So, what’s with the spelling? Well, it’s confusing. So, while we’re at it, let’s get the spelling right, too.

  • Mackinac Island
  • Mackinac Bridge
  • Straits of Mackinac
  • Fort Michilimackinac
  • Mackinaw City


Why the confusion? Blame the French. And the British. You can even blame the area’s Native Americans. When Europeans got here (the French first), they picked up on all these words spoken by the local people and tried to write them down in their own language.

Are there other Mackinaw things? You bet. A mackinaw can also be cloth or coat made from thick woolen material, pronounced with an “awe.”

What does Mackinac – or Mackinaw – even mean? Mackinac – and Mackinaw – are abbreviations for Michinnimakinong. Michinnimakinong is four words mashed together; mish-inni-maki-nong. In English they mean great connecting sound fault land or place. That, of course, is a good way to describe the Mackinac area.