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Shepler's Lighthouse Cruises

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Address: 556 E Central Ave, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-9695
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+1 231-436-5023

Sail the Straits of Mackinac! Sixteen historic lighthouses lie within easy...

Sail the Straits of Mackinac! Sixteen historic lighthouses lie within easy cruising distance of Mackinaw City. Travel in comfort and safety on Shepler's spacious vessels during these fascinating tours.

For close to three centuries, the Straits of Mackinac has been a vital nautical thoroughfare, providing passage between Lakes Huron and Michigan. But traveling its famed blue waters has not come without risk. Over the many decades, lighthouses were built to protect mariners from dangerous shoals and reefs. Each has a story to tell.

Shepler's exclusive Lighthouse Cruises are voyages of discovery. Guests are treated to awe-inspiring views and the fascinating history surrounding these Great Lakes guardians.

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Mackinaw Trip

Shepplers is reasonable, takes you under the bridge. Nice smooth ride. Took about 20 minutes. Great staff.

Reviewed 27 July 2016
Norton Shores, Michigan

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Norton Shores, Michigan
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24 reviews
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Reviewed 27 July 2016

Shepplers is reasonable, takes you under the bridge. Nice smooth ride. Took about 20 minutes. Great staff.

Thank cruise-n-cat
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 20 July 2016

We went on the extended eastbound cruise and while the weather wasn't awesome (we ran into a squall that had us forced belowdeck and sitting still for a few minutes), the tour was really informative and you get closer to the lighthouses than you ever would be able to on land. The captain was great and the docent from the... More 

Thank Dominique W
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15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 12 July 2016

This cruise was narrated by the Great Lakes Light House keepers association and were very knowledgeable & fun. The views were great we were very close to take pictures. Great Time

Thank captainjay57
South Bend, Indiana
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62 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2016

A friend and I took an improptu trip to northern Michigan on Friday of Fourth of July weekend. At 10:00 Saturday morning I noticed a flyer for Shepler's Lighthouse Cruise, which runs on a schedule but not every day. I called and Laney was polite and made reservations for us on the phone. She explained the expectations (be on time,... More 

Thank TravelingFool2419
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117 reviews
62 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

A great cruise. We went on the east bound cruise and saw 6 picturesque lighthouses. The guide was very knowledgeable. I really wish I was going to be in the area long enough to do the other cruises offered by this company.

Thank Becky H
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72 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2016

There are several other cruise companies in Mackinaw City, but Shepler's is, I think, the oldest, and in any case undoubtedly the best. Its dock is located in central Mackinaw City; Shepler's offers the usual trip back and forth to Mackinac Island, but also longer trips to lighthouses in the immediate area of the Bridge. The crews are very well... More 

Thank Bruce F
Toledo, Ohio
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142 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2015 via mobile

The Eastern cruise was wonderful and very informative. Terry Pepper does a great job of explaining and interpreting history and culture of the lights and keepers. The boat is very comfortable with heat below and wind above. We had a super time and will come back for the other tours next year. Well worth the cost and the time.

Thank Karen S
Chicago, IL
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83 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2015

You came up here for the water - what better way to appreciate it than in a boat? Approaching the island and Mackinaw City on the return reminds you that you should have booked a hotel on the island instead.

Thank alhlstnam
Concord, New Hampshire
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2015

The 2 hour trip took us under the Mackinac Bridge. We got close up views of 5 lighthouses. The narrator gave us a lot of good lighthouse and shipping information.

Thank KAB6666
Chicago, Illinois
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15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2015

Worth every cent. Informative captain, many wonderful pictures and taking our friends the next time.

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