Winter is a magical time to explore the scenic beauty of Mackinac Island – and only Star Line is prepared to take you there!

Did you know there are lodging, dining, and shopping options available for you to enjoy Mackinac Island throughout winter?

Star Line Mackinac Island Hydro-Jet Ferry is the exclusive provider of year-round passenger service in the Straits of Mackinac, offering daily trips (except Christmas Day) to the island throughout winter from Star Line’s St. Ignace Dock #2 (99 N. State Street).

There are many reasons people come to Mackinac Island in the winter. In addition to the island’s many winter events, there’s a lot to do. The state park makes up more than 80 percent of Mackinac Island, and it’s free for you to explore.

Many people visit the island to cross-country ski, and thanks to the volunteer-run Mackinac Island Ski Club and the support of Mackinac Island State Park, the island features several miles of groomed trails for classic cross-country skiing and skate skiing.

Mackinac Island Winter Information of Businesses and Events

You can also hike the island on foot or in snowshoes. (Just don’t snowshoe on the groomed ski tracks!) And you can rent fat-tire bikes (which are a blast to pedal around snow-covered streets and the state park’s trails!)

For memories that will last a lifetime, explore Mackinac Island in the winter!

Please Note: Winter ferry tickets may be purchased at St. Ignace Dock #2. During winter service, a $5 one-way surcharge will apply to Star Line Summer Commuter Tickets and Star Line Season Pass Holders. A $10 surcharge applies to standard round trip tickets ($5 each way).


The winter service schedule is subject to change due to weather and pandemic conditions. For up-to-the-minute schedule updates, text the word “WINTERSERVICE” to 41411. (Standard data and messaging rates may apply.)


  1. Free day parking in designated lots – Dock #2 South (Between dock and Ace Hardware) and Dock #1 Parking Lots
  2. Free overnight parking in designated lots – Dock #1 Parking Lot
  3. $7.00 a day premium dock side day parking – Dock #2 on dock parking
  4. Outdoor nightly valet parking $35/night
  5. $50.00 per month for outdoor day/overnight winter seasonal parking – Dock #2 North parking lot (between dock and Galley)
Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry Parking Information

If you have questions regarding passes, tickets, parking, and freight for our winter schedule, please call 800-638-9892.

Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry Winter Passenger Schedule for 2021-2022