Mackinaw Area Visitors Bureau
10800 W. US 23
Mackinaw City, MI 49701
The Mackinaw Straits Area
The Mackinac Straits Area is proud to be the home of three National Historic sites, unique shopping village with free nightly laser light shows at dusk and a live evening lumberjack show. The average vacation stay in Mackinaw City has extended in recent years due to the fact that the city is so convenient to major area attractions. Why relocate when you can use Mackinaw City as a home base. Save the hassle of packing your belongings time after time and let us be your home away from home. Rich in history and beauty, the Mackinaw area offers many ideal destinations just a short drive away.
Catch a boat out of Mackinaw City aboard one of our ferry lines and visit Mackinac Island for the day. Known as Michigan's crown jewel, a one-of-a-kind Victorian community where all motor vehicles are banned and the peaceful transportation of horse drawn carriages or biking are a way of life. Lose yourself on a day trip to beautiful Mackinac Island.
Great spots for fishing
Wilderness State Park (Lake Michigan)
Lake Michigan shoreline fishing at its best. Wilderness State Park is located 8 miles west of Mackinaw City and is on the top five list of Michigan Parks. When biting, Lake Perch and Bass will have you exhausted from catching so many. Wilderness State Park is a great area to spend the entire day fishing and exploring the many acres of shoreline, so you may want to pack a lunch.
Hidden River Golf and Casting Club
Hidden River Golf and Casting Club is located 15 miles south of Mackinaw City just off US 31 on the beautiful Maple River. This upscale club specializes in golf but as the second half of the title explains has a Casting Club for fly-fishing enthusiasts. Whether you choose to have a guide teach you the masterful art of fly-fishing or go on your own, this Trout stream is one of the best in the North Country.
French Farm Lake
French Farm Lake is an undeveloped inland lake just 2 miles south of Mackinaw City. Two public access sites are available but be sure to bring a small boat without a motor. This lake is great for Bass, Pike and Bluegill. Please respect the environment and wildlife, you are sure to see plenty.
Paradise (Carp) Lake
Paradise Lake is a large inland lake just 5 miles south of Mackinaw City on US 31. There is public parking and trailer parking available at the public access site. Bass, Pike, Walleye and panfish are plentiful, so be sure to bring plenty of different bait and tackle. There is also a Bass fishing tournament in early June that is lots of fun. This lake is a great place for kids.
Bois Blanc Island (Lake Huron)If you have the deep water fishing equipment and wish to battle the waves of the big lake, make your way to the Northeast side of Bois Blanc Island (the channels between Round Island and Bois Blanc). The island is located about 31/2 miles south of Mackinac Island. The best launching point is the Mackinaw City Marina. At times, this can be the best Salmon, Steelhead, Muskie, and Whitefish fishing in the State.
Mackinaw City Shopping
A refreshing selection of shops beckons to shoppers. The avenues of Mackinaw City offer everything from nostalgia to collectibles. The home town warmth of shop owners blends with the finest merchandise available in offering guests a genuine shopping treat.
Day Trips from Mackinaw City
The average vacation stay in Mackinaw City has extended in recent years due to the fact that the city is so convenient to major area attractions. Why relocate when you can use Mackinaw City as a home base.
Save the hassle of packing your belongings time after time and let us be your home away from home. Rich in history and beauty, the Mackinaw area offers many ideal destinations just a short drive away. The following are examples of day trips that include many of the scenic and historical sites found in Northern Michigan.
Mackinac Island Tour
Known as the Crown Jewel of Michigan, Mackinac Island is one of the only communities of its kind where motor vehicles are banned. Bicycles and horse drawn carriages will take you…
Fall Color Tour
This is a full day fall color tour of the west coast taking in the beautiful fall color the first three weeks of October.
This is a full day of sightseeing, so you will want to rise and shine early.
The drive from Mackinaw City south on the West Coast of Northern Michigan is a scenic tour of quaint villages and towns.
What is the Sunrise Side? It is the East Coast (Lake Huron side) of Michigan.
Canadian Train Tour
The International Bridge spans the waters of Lake Superior just as they head into the Locks of Sault Ste. Marie. This bridge joins Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada just 50 minutes north of Mackinaw City.
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