Directions to St. Ignace

Miles to Island
Buffalo 624, Chicago 390, Cleveland 430, Detroit 280, Indianapolis 460, Lansing 225, Milwaukee 370, Minneapolis 500, Toledo 329, Toronto 470, St. Louis 640, Sault Ste. Marie, MI/Canada 55.

Driving to St. Ignace through Michigan's Lower Peninsula
I-75 North over the Mackinac Bridge. Take US 2 East through town. Follow the curve of the road down the hill and into the harbor area. Boat docks are on your right for the three ferry lines. Scheppler's is last, with several Arnold docks and Star Line docks to choose from. The airport is further north past the Holiday Inn Express, on the left side of the road.

Driving to St. Ignace through Michigan's Upper Peninsula (from Chicago/Milwaukee)
Drive North through Green Bay on I-43. Take US 41 North out of Green Bay to US 2. Take US 2 East to St. Ignace. (Enjoy the drive!) Follow the curve of the road down the hill and into the harbor area. Boat docks are on your right for the three ferry lines. Scheppler's is last, with several Arnold docks and Star Line docks to choose from. The airport is further north past the Holiday Inn Express, on the left side of the road.

For Ferry and Air Taxi Schedules, click on the menu item above.

Directions to Mackinac City

Miles to Island
Buffalo 624, Chicago 390, Cleveland 430, Detroit 280, Indianapolis 460, Lansing 225, Milwaukee 370, Minneapolis 500, Toledo 329, Toronto 470, St. Louis 640, Sault Ste. Marie, MI/Canada 55.

Driving to Mackinaw City and Taking the Ferry to Mackinac Island
1-75 North to Mackinaw City. Follow the exit signs from the freeway and follow the signs to the docks. Mackinaw City is not very large and it is easy to find the boat docks. Pick the ferry of your choice and enjoy the ride across!

For Ferry and Air Taxi Schedules, click on the menu item above.

Ferries

Arnold Mackinac Island Ferry
http://www.arnoldline.com/

Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry
http://sheplersferry.com/

Starline Mackinac Island Ferry
http://www.mackinacferry.com/

Getting to the Island by Air

Miles to Island
Buffalo 624, Chicago 390, Cleveland 430, Detroit 280, Indianapolis 460, Lansing 225, Milwaukee 370, Minneapolis 500, Toledo 329, Toronto 470, St. Louis 640, Sault Ste. Marie, MI/Canada 55.

Flying from St. Ignace
Great Lakes Air operates an air taxi service to and from the island by appointment, so it's best to call ahead and make a reservation. Walk-up flights are sometimes available, however at busy times there can be a long wait. They fly six seat Piper Cherokee Sixes and they're a great bunch of guys.

Follow the directions to St. Ignace. When taking US 2 through town, keep driving past the harbor and boat docks, past the Holiday Inn Express. The airport is on the north side of town and the left side of the road. Turn onto Airport Road and drive up to the hangar. Park your car in the line, find your way into the main entrance and ask for a flight to the island.

Once you're on the island, you can call a taxi from the airport. If you arrive after (or before) hours, there is a free phone to the taxi service. Give them a call and wait for the clip-clop of the two "horsepower" taxi.

Great Lakes Air (906) 643-7165 Fax (906) 643-6386
Paul Fullerton, Proprietor

Commercial Flights to Pellston and Great Lakes Air to Mackinac Island
This is by far the easiest and quickest method of arriving on Mackinac Island. Fly on a commercial airline to Pellston, then take the Great Lakes Air taxi from Pellston to Mackinac Island. Northwest Airlink and United Express offer commuter flights from Detroit and Chicago, respectively. Northwest, United Airlines, or your travel agent can make reservations for you.

Call Great Lakes Air at (906) 643-7165 to make arrangements for them to meet you at the gate in Pellston and fly you to Mackinac Island.

Northwest Airlines (800) 225-2525
United Airlines (800) 241-6522
Great Lakes Air (906) 643-7165 Fax (906) 643-6386

Directions to Stonecliffe

For those who fly to Mackinac Island...

Follow the "Red Route"
Experienced Stonecliffe dwellers drive to St. Ignace, park at the airport and take the Great Lakes Air "taxi." The pilot will drop you off at the west end of the runway, where it's a short 1/4 mile walk through the woods to Stonecliffe.

If you've never been to Stonecliffe before, or have too much luggage to carry/pull, we recommend that you take a horse-drawn taxi from the terminal building. If you're in the mood to walk, head out of the airport and go to the right. Follow the road to the next fork and take the right fork. A short distance up you will pass through the stone pillars of Stonecliffe. Once you pass the pillars, there is a long drive on the left that is actually a long horsehoe. Take the second left and wind your way down to the condominiums. Applewood is at the very south end (left).

For those who take the ferry to Mackinac Island...

Follow the "Blue Route"
From the ferry docks downtown, go up one block to Market Street and turn left and head to Cadotte Avenue. Turn right on Cadotte and go up the hill past the Grand Hotel. When you get to the top of the hill, the road has a branch to the left, straight ahead and right. Take the left branch - the signs will indicate the direction to the airport and Stonecliffe. Follow the Annex Road as it winds through the woods. There will be a couple streets to the left and one to the right - keep on going. When the road forks, take the left fork. This will lead you through the stone pillars of Stonecliffe. Once you pass the pillars, there is a long drive on the left that is actually a long horsehoe. Take the second left and wind your way down to the condominiums. Applewood is at the very south end (left).

A Pilot's Guide for Flying to Mackinac Island

Our favorite way to travel to Mackinac Island!

Miles to Island
Buffalo 624, Chicago 390, Cleveland 430, Detroit 280, Indianapolis 460, Lansing 225, Milwaukee 370, Minneapolis 500, Toledo 329, Toronto 470, St. Louis 640, Sault Ste. Marie, MI/Canada 55.

Location
Mackinac Island Airport (MCD) is 14.1nm north of the Pellston VOR (111.8) on the 011° radial. CTAF/Unicom is 122.7. It is serviced by the Green Bay FSS on 122.5. Pilot controlled lighting is available on 122.8. Lat-Long coordinates: 45-51-53.764N, 084-38-14.440W. It can be found on the Huron sectional.

Runway
08-26, 3501x75, windsock on the north side at midfield. Parking and terminal building on the south side at midfield.
*Please be a courteous pilot and avoid flight over shore & town!*

Weather
Green Bay FSS, 122.5, (800) 992-7433. AWOS, 128.325, (906) 847-3778. Pan Am Weather, (906) 847-6040.

Fuel
Fuel is not available on the island, however Great Lakes Air in St. Ignace has fuel at reasonable prices. You can call them on Unicom as you jump across the pond and they'll meet you at the pumps. Fuel pump is in the NORTHEAST corner at St. Ignace next to the new hanger and terminal building, not at the old terminal building. Prices are reasonable!

Pellston also has fuel and is a good alternative.

Landing
Mackinac Island Airport gives the pilot a fun landing. With the wind coming from the west, you'll land on 26. Make sure downwind is made over the harbor, not over the island. Base is uneventful, then as you turn Final and come over the shoreline, the chop begins. The breeze/wind comes up the slope and churns over the trees, making for a bumpy ride. The runway slopes up at the middle, so this extra challenge will test your mettle on landing. Our preference is to carry a little speed and not use the last detent of flaps, touching down on the upslope and letting gravity help slow us down.

With the wind from the east, the approach to Runway 08 is a picture as the runway opens in front of you. This is because it goes uphill! This is a steeper incline than what you're facing on 26. Typically winds don't churn as much, but the descent and flare must be done right, or you'll get a nice bounce that will entertain the other pilots!

Notes
Be sure and use your radio and announce your position! Great Lakes Air has a lot of air taxi flights, sometimes running two flights at a time. The airport hosts King Airs and little jets and Bonanzas and twins, sometimes a helicopter or two, all making for a busy pattern in peak seasons. Follow the established FAA procedures, please.

Saint Ignace (Mackinac County) is on the same frequency. Once again, please announce your intentions and report your position as your fly in. In the summer months traffic can be quite high, with twins, turbines, the occasional jet and governor's helicopter in the pattern. We had occassion to land before and take off after the Guv, so pay attention to aircraft and wake turbulence!

MORE NOTES
This information is a guide and for general information only!!!! Please consult your sectionals and appropriate publications for the latest and complete information!!!!