Mackinac Bridge Walk

Location: Mackinaw City MI Mackinaw City MI

The Mackinac Bridge Authority, the St. Ignace Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Mackinaw Area Chamber of Commerce would like to make your BRIDGE WALK as pleasant as possible and offer the following information:

1. There is NO FEE or registration to participate in the walk. Bus transportation from Mackinaw City to St. Ignace is available at $5.00 per person (infants are free).

2. The walk begins at 7:00 a.m. You may START walking anytime after the Governor’s party starts the walk at approximately 7:00 a.m. NO ONE WILL BE PERMITTED TO START AFTER 11:00 a.m., so ARRIVE EARLY.

3. The walk begins in St. Ignace, at the north end of the Mackinac Bridge in the UPPER PENINSULA, and ends in Mackinaw City at the south end in the LOWER PENINSULA. To begin the walk you may:

a. Drive to St. Ignace, park your vehicle, walk the bridge and then return to St. Ignace on school buses provided by the Mackinac Bridge Authority. There is limited parking space available west of the Mackinac Bridge Authority plaza area. The bus loading area is located at Conkling Park and the State Dock on South Huron Avenue in Mackinaw City, or
b. Buy your tickets in Mackinaw City at the bus loading area, board a bus to St. Ignace, walk the bridge and then return to your vehicle. The buses are hired for your convenience by the Mackinac Bridge Authority. The Authority strongly advises walkers to arrange for their own transportation to the starting point because of the increasing demand on the buses.

4. Tickets go on sale and buses begin transporting walkers at 5:30 a.m. from Mackinaw City. Bus service from Mackinaw City to St. Ignace will end at 2:30 p.m. Handicap buses will be available. A limit of two people may accompany the handicapped person on the handicap bus.

5. The two EAST lanes on the bridge are used by walkers until 9:30 a.m. and the two WEST lanes by vehicular traffic. After 9:30 a.m. only one EAST lane is available to walkers. The National Guard and other official personnel will be available in the event of an emergency. Please note, there are NO RESTROOMS ON THE BRIDGE and the average length of time to walk the bridge is about two hours. Portable toilets will be located at both ends of the bridge and at the bus loading area.

6. Baby strollers and wheelchairs are allowed on the bridge during the walk. NOT ALLOWED are: bicycles, roller skates, skateboards, wagons and similar types of devices. With the sole exception of seeing-eye dogs, NO ANIMALS ARE ALLOWED!! Walkers MUST stay away from bridge railings and the center mall which divides the walkers from the vehicular traffic. EXCEPT FOR THOSE PRE-QUALIFIED, PRE-REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS IN THE GOVERNOR’S COUNCIL ON PHYSICAL FITNESS JOG, NO running or racing is permitted. Playing tag on the bridge is not permitted. For information on the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness Jog, please go to or contact the Governor’s Council at 517-347-7891.

7. You will receive a numbered bridge walk certificate at the completion of your walk. The number on your certificate may match a number on display in any of the store windows in Mackinaw City or the City of St. Ignace on LABOR DAY ONLY. If you have a winning number, you are entitled to claim a prize which may be worth anywhere from $15 to $150. Good Luck!

8. Individuals under the age of 18 should have the permission of a parent or guardian to participate in the walk. Any two or more people walking together should make plans for a meeting place in the event that they become separated during the walk.

9. Disclaimer of liability. Before beginning the walk, all participants should carefully determine that they are physically fit and medically able to participate in the annual walk since the physical strain of the walk could lead to serious health problems. Participants should also understand that walking involves risks of injury from falls due to the surface condition of the bridge, contact with other participants, and the effects of weather, including high heat and/or humidity.


As in the past, persons who need reasonable accommodations due to disability may contact the Mackinac Bridge Authority by September 1st, 2012 at 906-643-7600. TTY users may call the Michigan Relay Center at 800.649.3777.

Contact the Mackinac Bridge Authority at (906) 643-7600 or visit for more information.

Big Mac Shoreline Bike Tour

Location: Mackinaw City MI Mackinaw City MI

Big Mac Shoreline Fall Scenic Bike Tour
Download Application for Fall Bike Tour | Download the Route Map

Bicycle enthusiasts will once again be filling the area in September for a chance to pedal the area’s scenic routes and infamous Mackinac Bridge during Mackinaw City’s Annual Fall Shoreline Scenic Bike Tours. Riders from across the Midwest assemble at the North Western State Trailhead early on Saturday morning and will have the opportunity to choose between several different scenic routes, both inland and along the lakeshore.

All routes will be clearly marked by color-coordinated directional arrows to prevent riders from going astray and Big Mac safety wagons, distinguished by flashing lights and magnetic signs, will be patrolling designated areas in case of any cycling mishaps.

On Sunday, riders over the age of 13 will have the opportunity of a lifetime as they are allowed to pedal across the Mackinac Bridge and take in the picturesque surroundings of the Straits of Mackinac.
The Spring Bike Tour was created in 1992 and the Fall Tour was added in 1994 to compliment the Spring Tour. These tours are designed as a recreation event allowing families to enjoy this healthy activity together.

It takes a Community of involved volunteers to put on this successful ride. Bike tour positions include: food/rest stop organizers;  Registration; Ham operators throughout the ride; Stop hosts; Sag vehicles and route supervisors; Bridge ride directional; Bridge safety vehicles.  We would also like to thank the Mackinac Bridge Authority, Star Line Ferry, Paradise Lake Association, and the Mackinaw City Police.


Fourth Annual Magical Color Fun Run

Location: Mackinaw City MI Mackinaw City MI
2018 Magical Color Fun Run in Mackinaw City!

May 5, 2018. 9am at “The Trailhead”. Cost $25.00. Teams of 4 receive $5 per person discount.

Come one, come all, adorned in colorful flair to send off spring with the 2018 Magical Color Fun Run in beautiful Mackinaw City! This annual 5K run/walk will leave you looking (and feeling) vibrant, guaranteed!

Mackinaw City Color Fun Run

Bring all your friends and family to run a color-blasted 5K, where you get showered in safe, eco-friendly, plant-based cornstarch dye every kilometer. Then enjoy a magical “color cloud”, where you can Tie-Dye the Sky (not to mention all your friends!) in this ultimate celebration of life, friendship, fitness, and fun.
$25 per person Teams of 4 or more receive $5 per person discount. Kids 5 and under can participate for free.

9:00 am- Registration at Trailhead Pavilion behind Burger King

10:00 am- down the North Western State Trail and return

This event is not timed and runners will not be placed.

For more information and group rate for teams of 4 or more, contact the Mackinaw City Chamber of Commerce, 231-436-5574 or

Winterfest Schedule for 2018

Location: Mackinaw City MI Mackinaw City MI


Friday, January 19th

Free Coffee or Hot Cocoa WITH PURCHASE and Winterfest Button- Audie’s Restaurant
“Meet Mackinaw” a Winterfest Art Exhibit by the Mackinaw City Area
Arts Council- A #MeetMackinaw Showcase Event!
Opening Reception 3:00PM-5:00PM
located at Mackinaw Clothing319 E. Central Ave.Mackinaw City
Featuring:Local Painters, Photographers, Wood Carvers, Potters, Jewelry Artists, and more!

Mind Thrill Escape Room

Cost- $1.00 At the Library
Free for Winterfest Volunteers

$2.00 off at Mystery Town 10-6

Saturday, January 20th

Shepler’s Lot
Racers WANTED! $500.00 Grand Prize
2:00 PM Parade of Outhouses
People’s Design and Decor Awards
Adult and Junior Teams Welcome
5 Person Teams (1 Rider 4 Push or Pull)

Ice Fishing Tournament

8:00AM-2:00PM- Paradise Lake
Paradise Lake Marina
Cash Prizes
Adults and Children Welcome

Poker Walk
BC Pizza
Sleigh/Wagon Rides11:30AM-2:00PM
Boarding at Marshall’s Fudge
Sponsor: Marshall’s Fudge
Mind Thrill Escape Room
Cost- $1.00 At the Library11AM-5PM
$2.00 off at Mystery Town 10-6
Free Coffee or Hot Cocoa WITH PURCHASE and Winterfest Button- Audie’s Restaurant

“Meet Mackinaw” Winterfest Art Exhibit- 319 E Central Ave. 10-5 SaturdayChili Cook-Off Mama Mia’s Pizza11:00AM-1:00PM231 E. Central Ave

Must have Winterfest Buttons
Mackinaw City Chamber of Commerce Ambassador’s Host
Kid’s Games
12:00PM -2:00PM
Marina Lawn
Hosted by the Mackinaw City Chamber of Commerce
and the Cheboygan and Mackinaw City Cub Scouts

Euchre Tournament

1:00AM -3:30PM
Entry Fee and Winterfest Button
Lions Club Bldg.
205 Cedar St.
Mackinaw City
(must be over 18 to participate)
Registration begins at 11:00am
Lunch available for purchase

American Legion Post #159

Open to the Public
Music from 6:00PM-10:00PM
Snow Sculptures (snow dependent)
Open Lot at Mackinac Bay Trading

Sunday, January 21

“Meet Mackinaw” Winterfest Art Exhibit-

319 E Central Ave. 10AM-2PM
Sunday $2.00 off at Mystery Town 10AM-4PM
Be sure to pick up your Winterfest button (for admission) at area businesses and Check out our list of member businesses who are OPEN during the winter. Here’s what else we have on our to do list -so far- for Winterfest weekend:
The Library and Mind Thrill would like to invite ALL Winterfest volunteers to participate in their escape room for free! Please stop by and take advantage of their generosity!