In the winter access to the island is limited, but not as isolated as many people think. The Arnold Line ferry only runs from St. Ignace (see mapquest map for directions) during the beginning of the winter season. They run a daily schedule to the island until the Straits freeze over. Flights to the island from the Mackinac County Airport in St. Ignace are available through Great Lakes Air for $21 one way per person.
If you are a pilot, there is a 3,500 foot lighted runway on the island suitable for small craft. There is no aviation fuel available on the island. Unless you plan on skiing down, you will need a taxi to the harbor district or your hotel, be sure to phone ahead for taxi reservations, especially if you will be arriving after 5:00 p.m.
Northwest Airlines offers commercial flights from either Chicago or Detroit to Pellston. From Pellston you can reach St. Ignace by ground transport through either Mackinaw Taxi or Wolverine Stages. Fares are in the $20 to $24 one-way or $35+ round trip range. Although they both have booths at the Pellston airport, calling ahead is a good idea; the numbers are listed to the right. You may call and charter a flight through Great lakes Air (906)643-7327 from Pellston for $70 per person one way with a 2-person Minimum before 8 a.m. and after 9 p.m.
Reservations must be made by 3pm for taxi service any time after 5pm on the day of service. This is especially important to travelers who will be arriving late or catching the last boat. Call (906) 847-3323.
Arnold Line Ferry Service
(906) 847-3351 or
Great Lakes Air, Inc.
(906) 643-7327 or
Mackinac Island Airport
Taxi Sleigh Service
(906) 847-3713 or