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Mackinac Island Ferries

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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Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry
First Class Service. Every Guest. Every Day. Shepler’s clean, comfortable passenger ferries zip you safely to Mackinac Island in just 16 minutes! You may choose from the cushioned seats and wide aisles of our main deck lounge, or experience a spectacular panoramic view of the Straits of Mackinac from the open-air top-deck seating area. Quick Links: • Ferry [...] more...

Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry
Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry Winter Schedule 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. [...] more...

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Mackinac Island Ferries On Facebook

Below are the latest postings from Star Line and Shepler’s On Facebook.

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Tuesday April 7th, 2020 - 4:51 pm

Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry

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Keep your distance!

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The boats are better at social distancing than some humans I know. Some people could learn a lesson from these boats.

Good Photo

Nice photo.

Looks like the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter ALDER.

Monday April 6th, 2020 - 11:30 am

Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry

One of the many blessings we are thankful for right now! Early morning sunrise over Mackinac Island

📷: Captain Sid
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One of the many blessings we are thankful for right now! Early morning sunrise over Mackinac Island

📷: Captain Sid

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Hope to see it this summer. So beautiful.

Simply beautiful 💖

Good morning sweets!!

Thanks for sharing I miss it at this rate it's going to be a while before I see it

Beautiful!

Beautiful

Thanks for sharing Caption Sid!

So peaceful ❤️

Pretty

Beautiful

Beautiful ❤️

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Sunday April 5th, 2020 - 3:09 pm

Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry

Appreciating this sunshine and that beautiful blue sky. Stay well, friends. ⛴🙏🏽🇺🇸

#RideSheplers #puremichigan
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Appreciating this sunshine and that beautiful blue sky. Stay well, friends. ⛴🙏🏽🇺🇸

#RideSheplers #PureMichigan

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Thanks and you stay healthy

You all to.

Thanks you also

Till we meet again...stay safe. I will miss getting up there, but gotta do what's best and stay home.

I can't wait until I get up there!!!!!!!!!!!

TAKE CARE SHEPLERS AND ALL OF YOUR FAMILY MANY PRAYERS FOR ALL WE HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL AGAIN WHEN THIS IS OVER GOD BLESS YOU ALL

Hope to be on board soon.

Still some ice in the water? Stay safe.

Been a while since we've seen snow & ice down near Detroit river. Sure is beautiful to see but I miss summer.

I remember taking the ferry to and from the island twice last fall. You made it a great trip. See you soon. Stay home and stay grateful.

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Thursday April 2nd, 2020 - 10:14 am

Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry

Work continues for our freight crew assisting the Belonga and Norris teams in essential on-going road repair along M-185 which was damaged this fall due to high water levels. S/O to all these teams for the work that they're doing! 💪🏽

#puremichigan
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Work continues for our freight crew assisting the Belonga and Norris teams in essential on-going road repair along M-185 which was damaged this fall due to high water levels. S/O to all these teams for the work that theyre doing! 💪🏽

#PureMichigan

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Thank you!

Good on you Shepler's!

I was there at the end of October when it was getting blocked off. I walked in quite a ways then later that morning there was too much water on the road. Glad to see it getting fixed.

Wednesday April 1st, 2020 - 5:39 pm

Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry

Hope when it's needed most. Stay well and we'll see you soon. ⛴🙏🏽🇺🇸

#RideSheplers #puremichigan
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Hope when its needed most. Stay well and well see you soon. ⛴🙏🏽🇺🇸

#RideSheplers #PureMichigan

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Status on the William Richard?

I HOPE I will get the chance to be on that boat very soon💙🙏⚓️

Looking forward to it.

Looking good !

Thank You very much..and may your families,friends, and employees stay safe and healthy.

Hope to this summer if this craziness goes away!

The same thing our President is accused of doing as a bad thing from the media!

Can't wait.

Hopefully we will be able to get back up there, hopefully this virus dies out very quickly.

Thank you for all the years of service. Be well , blessed and safe seas🛳

Stay safe and healthy and hope to get up there soon.

Believe it or not that's actually my favorite one because of the extension gives it a unique look from the others. Always glad to see this one when it's in the St. Ignace harbor.

Love sheplers , staff is always kind, considerate, helpful and patient, love your hiring skills ! Keep it up !!!

🙏🙏🙏

Used to ride her sometimes when I worked on the island when I was a teenager, ❤❤

Bob Shaw

August 13, 2015 my husband and I were on The Hope for an Eastbound Cruise.

My fav shepler ferry 🤗we were married on her may 28th 1988 😉😍

Can’t wait! We’re coming when they say it’s safe!!

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Wednesday April 1st, 2020 - 2:42 pm

Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry

Navigating our new norm, along with all of you whom we're so grateful for. Counting our blessings, and appreciating this beautiful blue sky and full sun on this beautiful April first. Be well, friends. ⛴🙌🏽🇺🇸

#RideSheplers #puremichigan
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Navigating our new norm, along with all of you whom were so grateful for.  Counting our blessings, and appreciating this beautiful blue sky and full sun on this beautiful April first.  Be well, friends.  ⛴🙌🏽🇺🇸 

#RideSheplers  #PureMichigan

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Fair seas and following winds my freinds

Miss you all!!

Hoping to see you the end of June to transport my guests to my Island wedding! 🤞🏻

Hope your season gets off to a great start after this virus is over! Plan to ride to the island on May 29!!

Looking forward to losing the ice and warming up.

Thanks everyone! We can't wait to see you too!

We will be there this summer.

This season will have a late start, but hopefully all will be well when it does kick off—❤️The island!

🤗 SEE YOU SO-O-O-ON!! 🏆

I do miss this view. Thank you for posting what I never take for granted. 😀

Prayers for the families and grateful for safety and health.

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Wednesday April 1st, 2020 - 1:29 pm

Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry

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Oh my, What peacefulness thank you for the picture

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

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

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

Where,s da duck a.ka star line duck

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.”

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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

"...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...

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

Very well written. Almost had me!

Definitely April Fools....

Excellent!!!

does it run up on legs like this?

What, no flux capacitor? 🙂

Nice try!

Looks good with a blue bottom!

Nice looking fairy

Good one.😅😂🤣

Good one😂😂

That was good

Wow nice!!!

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