Originally Posted by JamieGeek
Mackinac Island has its own Visitor's guide website: https://www.mackinacisland.org/
The "book" guide is here: INSIDEMACKINAC.COM
- Shepler's Ferry has overnight secured parking. Looks like you have to call them to make arrangements if you're planning on parking an RV there (when we stayed overnight we left the camper at home).
- The other ferry The Star Line doesn't look like it offers secured parking.
- In Michigan school lets out mid-June and doesn't start back up after Labor Day. Thus before mid-June and after Labor Day are good bets (you could have a good time after Labor Day hanging around in the Northern Lower-Peninsula around Petoskey or Traverse City looking at fall colors too)
- We've gone in July and August and it wasn't too crowded. It isn't like an amusement park where people are packed in..just stay away from holidays. During the week it isn't as bad as weekends
- Also have to keep in mind its an island; thus you get cool winds coming off the water--the interior of the island does get a bit warm. Still; its northern Michigan so you're likely not going to see 90 at all.
I know this is late in the summer and you all were talking about this in the spring however, we just went up to Mackinaw city for a long weekend and went out to Mackinaw Island.. We stayed at the KOA Mackinaw city, we left our camper and TV at the campground and rode our bikes the short 1-2 miles to the ferry and out around the Island. All the trails are easy riding and paved around the city. We later found that Shepler's Ferry
also picks up and returns to KOA. KOA Mackinaw City is now under new management, they are very nice and easy to work with and the campground is very clean. When we arrived they escorted us out to our site and helped with backing in. The weekend for me was very relaxing as for SHMBO WELL, her legs hurt from all the riding we did. We figured in all it was around 20 miles that we rode all day. The whole Mackinaw area is well worth the drive up.