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Mackinac Island State Park © Ron Cook
Arch Rock
Mackinac Island State Park © Ron Cook
Mackinac Island State Park A Grand View © Justin Gilles
Mackinac Island State Park © Doug Smith
Mackinac Island State Park © Ron Cook
Mackinac Island State Park © Ron Cook
Mackinac Island State Park © Ron Cook
Mackinac Island State Park © Ron Cook
The Grand Hotel.
Mackinac Island State Park © Ron Cook
The Mackinac Bridge, celebrating Michigans 150 years of statehood. Taken the summer of 1986.
Mackinac Island State Park © Ron Cook
Mackinac Island State Park © Doug Smith
Mackinac Island State Park © Ron Cook
The Grand Hotel.
Mackinac Island State Park © Doug Smith
Mackinac Island State Park © Ron Cook
Sugar Loaf rock formation.
Mackinac Island State Park © Doug Smith
Mackinac Island State Park Mackinac Island Light © Jim Oakley
one of the lights at the entrance to Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island State Park Mackinac Island Light © Jim Oakley
one of the lights at the entrance to Mackinac Island
Mackinac Island State Park © Doug Smith
MACKINAC ISLAND STATE PARK ACTIVITIES
Birding
The park offers diverse birding opportunities with over 200 species recorded, including rare and migratory birds. Birdwatchers can explore various habitats such as forests, wetlands, and shorelines. The island's location in the Great Lakes makes it a significant stopover for migrating birds during spring and fall seasons. Visitors may spot waterfowl like ducks or geese along the shoreline areas while songbirds are common within forested regions of the park.
Bicycling
Biking is a popular activity, with over 70 miles of natural and paved trails available. Be cautious as some paths are steep.

The island prohibits motor vehicles; bicycles offer an ideal mode for exploration. Always follow safety guidelines while biking.

Rentals are readily accessible from numerous locations on the island if you don't bring your own bike along.

A favorite route among cyclists is the eight-mile trail around the perimeter of this car-free haven - it's scenic but busy!

For more adventurous riders, there're challenging off-road trails through woodland areas. Wear appropriate gear to avoid accidents or injuries.

Remember that horses also use these roads so be respectful and give them right-of-way when necessary.

Always lock up bikes securely when not in use to prevent thefts which can occur even here amidst nature’s tranquility!

Lastly, remember cycling after dark requires lights – visibility drops significantly once sun sets over Lake Huron waters surrounding our beautiful Island retreat!
Boating
The park offers a variety of boating options for visitors. You can rent kayaks, paddle boards and sailboats to explore the surrounding waters at your own pace. For those who prefer guided tours, there are boat cruises available that provide scenic views of the island's coastline as well as opportunities to spot local wildlife. Fishing boats are also available for hire if you want to try catching some fish in Lake Huron or other nearby bodies of water.
Swimming
1. Mackinac Island State Park offers several swimming options in Lake Huron.
2. The park's beaches provide a natural setting for open-water swimmers.
3. British Landing Beach is popular among families due to its shallow waters and sandy shorelines.
4. Visitors can also swim at Marquette Park, which has clear water and stunning views of the surrounding area.
5. For safety reasons, it’s recommended that visitors stay close to the shoreline while swimming as currents can be strong.

Fishing
Enjoy fishing in the surrounding waters, where you can catch species like salmon, trout and whitefish. Fishing gear rentals are available.

The park's lakes offer opportunities for ice fishing during winter months with a variety of fish to catch.

Fly-fishing is popular due to diverse aquatic habitats attracting numerous types of game fish including bass and pike.

Fishing from shore or boat provides chances at landing walleye, perch and northern pike among other freshwater favorites.

Remember that all anglers must have a valid Michigan state license before casting their lines into these abundant waters.
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