Posted on February 4th, 2019By Chas Thompson – Professional Ice Fisher & Brewer
Crisp winter mornings bring on a tradition tracing back to the first bearded men seeking the tranquility and solitude of fishing. Walking across the frozen inland lakes in the sheer quiet and peace of winter to cut a hole and pursue some fresh… READ MORE
Posted on December 31st, 2018
For more than a quarter century, Mackinaw City has rolled out the white carpet for a weekend of seasonal fun and excitement fit for the entire family. The 26th Annual Mackinaw City Winter Festival is scheduled for January 18-19, 2019. Most of activities are free with a 2019 Winter Fest Button. Button… READ MORE
Posted on December 12th, 2018
According to Snowshoes.com, “From Europe to North America to Asia, people began using snowshoes over 4,000 years ago out of a basic need explore new territories and to find food in the winter…the great success of snowshoes for winter travel was first observed by European explorers with Northe… READ MORE
Posted on October 18th, 2018
Michigan is home to more than 120 lighthouses and the Straits of Mackinac boasts nearly two dozen of those lights—and a handful of THOSE are rumored to be haunted.
Among the most spirited beacon is the crumbling Waugoshance Shoal Light which stands in ruins off the coast near Wilderness State Park… READ MORE
Posted on October 15th, 2018Ben from Clio shows off his first painted rock find from Mackinaw City (August 2017).
According to the Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica on Britannica.com, “rock art, ancient or prehistoric drawing, painting, or similar work on or of stone…includes pictographs (drawings or paintings), p… READ MORE
Posted on September 27th, 2018
Michigan is home to many Pure Michigan Byways which celebrate the state’s outstanding natural beauty and many sites of historical, scenic, recreational and cultural significance. Several of these routes are easily accessible from Mackinaw City, including:
State Scenic Byways:
Posted on September 15th, 2018
Yes, there is a National Lumberjack Day—and it falls each year on September 26 (this year, a Wednesday). One of America’s most noted lumberjacks is none other than Paul Bunyan (who has his “own” day on June 28).
A lively tale about this towering woodsman was written by Sarah Pruitt and publis… READ MORE
Posted on September 1st, 2018
A new season is upon us and throughout the Straits of Mackinac area, acres of woodlands surround scenic trails ideal for exploring during the fall color tour season—especially during Michigan Trails Week, September 22-29. Michigan Trails Week concludes on National Public Lands Day, a day for v… READ MORE
Posted on August 31st, 2018The 110-foot USRC Mackinac, later USCGC Mackinac, was built in Baltimore, MD in 1903. It was stationed in Sault Ste. Marie and served the United States Revenue Cutter Service from 1903 to 1915 and in the United States Coast Guard from 1915 to 1917 and again from 1919 to 1939, patrolling the Straits of M… READ MORE
Posted on August 14th, 2018
Scattered around Mackinaw City are several wooden sculptures carved by local resident Jerry Prior, each depicting a person of historical importance in town. Prior started wood sculpting in 1989, shortly after he retired from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), where he worked as… READ MORE