Straits of Mackinac near Mackinac Island, MI

Between Lakes Michigan and Huron Mackinac Island, MI 49757
The following tours go by Straits of Mackinac near Mackinac Island, MI:
Mackinac Bridge History Cruise Photo
6/7/2024 - 10/5/2024
Get ready for a breathtaking tour following the history of the Mackinac Bridge, one of the largest suspension bridges in the world, on this fun sightseeing cruise.
Mackinac Bridge Cruise Photo
6/24/2024 - 8/11/2024
If you're looking for a unique way to experience the beauty of Michigan's Mackinac Island area, look no further than the Mackinac Bridge Sightseeing Cruise.
The Straits of Mackinac a major shipping lane providing passage for raw materials and finished goods. Before the railroads reached Chicago from the east, most immigrants arrived in the Midwest and Great Plains by ships on the Great Lakes.

The straits is five miles wide at its narrowest point, where it is spanned by the Mackinac Bridge. Before the bridge was built, car ferries transported vehicles across the straits. Today passenger-only ferries carry people to Mackinac Island, which does not permit cars. Visitors can take their vehicles on a car ferry to Bois Blanc Island.

Islands in the Straits of Mackinac include the two populated islands, Bois Blanc and Mackinac, and two that are uninhabited: Round and St. Helena islands. At 11 miles in length, Bois Blanc is the largest island in the Straits.

The straits are shallow and narrow enough to freeze over in the winter. Navigation is ensured for year-round shipping to the Lower Great Lakes by the use of icebreakers.

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