Mackinaw City Pure Michigan

History Carved in Wood

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

Celebrate National Lighthouse Day in the Straits of Mackinac

Posted on August 1st, 2018
By Dianna Stampfler Michigan has more lighthouse than any other state (at nearly 120) and the Straits area is home to more than a dozen of these historic navigational aids. You’re invited to celebrate National Lighthouse Day (August 7) in the heart of the Great Lakes. I first started researching M… READ MORE

Celebrate National Picnic Month at these Mackinaw City Parks!

Posted on July 18th, 2018
Have you heard? July is National Picnic Month…and Mackinaw City is the perfect place to celebrate along the shores of the Straits of Mackinac! According to, “The word ‘picnic’ is thought to have first been used by Tony Willis in 1692, and from that point forward everyone… READ MORE

Setting Sail for the Straits of Mackinac

Posted on July 12th, 2018
Each summer, hundreds of magnificent sailboats (aka yachts) race their way north through the Great Lakes to the Straits of Mackinac, converging on Mackinac Island in two of the most esteemed freshwater sailing competitions in the world. One race starts in Chicago, the other in Port Huron, held in c… READ MORE

Discovering Michigan’s Majestic Waterfalls

Posted on June 27th, 2018
By definition, a waterfall is “a perpendicular or very steep descent of the water of a stream” or “a place where water flows over a vertical drop or a series of steep drops in the course of a stream or river.” Many people think you need to be in the western United States to see waterfalls, but in fa… READ MORE

Dive In…To the Straits of Mackinac

Posted on June 12th, 2018
By Dan Friedhoff, Secretary – Straits of Mackinac Shipwreck Preserve Association Just off the shores of Mackinaw City lie a multitude of shipwrecks that are frequently explored during the summer months by scuba divers. The Straits of Mackinac Shipwreck Preserve is known as one of the best s… READ MORE

18 Things to do with Dad in Mackinaw City on Father’s Day 2018

Posted on May 29th, 2018
Father’s Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. The Americas have adopted the U.S. date, which is the third Sunday of June (falling June 17 in 2018). It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world… READ MORE