Church of the Straits

Traditional Worship Service is at 10:30 a.m.
Nursery Care Provided

The Church of the Straits is a federated church. We are a single congregation, but  both United Methodist and ECO Presbyterian. The Church of the Straits is the only mainline Protestant church in Mackinaw City.

While we are one, single congregation, we support and are supported by both The United Methodist Church and the ECO Presbyterian Church.

We are a body of people committed to Christian unity under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Our congregation is made up of people from all different denominations. And because Mackinaw City is a diverse town, we’re made up of people from all different backgrounds as well. Come as you are!

307 N. Huron Ave.
Mackinaw City, MI 49701 

Headlands, The, an International Dark Sky Park

The Headlands was established in the late 1950s when Roger McCormick hired a helicopter and dropped 50lb. sacks of flour to mark the boundaries of a property he desired to purchase.

The Park contains approximately 550 acres of pristine woodlands, more than two miles of undeveloped Lake Michigan shoreline and many species of rare and endangered plant life. Visitors to the Headlands may experience sightings of the many wild animals native to the area including: bald eagles, osprey, white tail deer, wild turkeys, coyotes and occasionally a black bear. Marked nature trails guide hikers, bicyclists, cross-country skiers, and nature photographers to experience the park throughout the changing seasons.

The Headlands offers two facilities for rental by the public. The Guest House provides accommodations for 22 people in four bedrooms on three levels. There are 3 floors with 3 full baths (one per floor), a complete kitchen and a conference area. Linens are provided. the Waterfront Event Center is available for rent as well, with information available on the “About” tab.

The vision and cooperation of the following organizations and government units made this property available to the public: The McCormick Foundation, The Village of Mackinaw City, Emmet County, The Schott Foundation, The Little Traverse Conservancy, and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Becoming an International Dark Sky Park

The Headlands became one of the first 10 International Dark Sky Parks in the world in 2011, a prestigious designation bestowed by the International Dark Sky Association in Tucson, Arizona, after a rigorous application and review process. What it means in a nutshell? The Headlands will stay dark and protected, forever, thanks to a commitment by the Emmet County Board of Commissioners.

7725 E. Wilderness Park Dr.
Mackinaw City, MI 49701 

Mackinaw City Bible Church

Welcome to the Mackinaw City Bible Church website. If you have ever been to the Mackinaw area, you know that we have been greatly blessed by God’s creative hand. What beauty we enjoy!

For the last 55 years God has allowed this Bible-believing church to proclaim God’s Word. Our music is traditional. We sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs of the past and the present. We preach from the New King James Version.

If you come to Mackinaw City on a Sunday or Wednesday we hope that you will join us in worshipping our Lord Jesus Christ. The object of this church is the ministry of the Word of God for the salvation of souls, the edification of Christians, the world-wide proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the promotion of Godly worship, the defense of the “Faith Once Delivered”, and cooperation with Christian activity.

308 W. Central Ave.
Mackinaw City, MI 49701 

Mackinaw Reception & Conference Center

Whether you’ve been planning your celebration for years or just months, Mackinaw Reception and Conference Center is the perfect location for your event in the Straits area. Opened in 2005, our facility is open all year and can accommodate both small and large groups.

The Mackinaw Reception and Conference Center is an ideal location for many events, including wedding celebrations, reunions, corporate meetings, holiday parties, fundraisers, community events, birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, and graduation parties.

Be sure to browse our web site for detailed information regarding our facility, amenities, and rental policies. Questions? Please contact us by telephone at (231)-436-5247 or (231)-436-5561 or by e-mailing us at

We look forward to working with you as you plan your upcoming event!

600 W. Central Ave.
Mackinaw City, MI 49701