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Traveling to Mackinac Island with your Horse

We are pleased to offer multiple options for horse ferry travel to and from the island. Both Arnold Freight Company and Mackinac Island Ferry Co./Starline Ferry offer services from St. Ignace across Lake Huron to the Island. Please read more about these offerings below.

Travel by Barge with Arnold Freight Company

Drive your truck and trailer onto a barge and have your horse come to the island--stress free in your trailer!

Once you arrive on the island, you can unload your trailer and tack up. All trailers must be brought back to the mainland. The boat crew can assist in this process if a member of your party is unavailable to  go back to the mainland and park it.

Upon arrival, you are immediately immersed in the Mackinac Island State Park and greeted by an Equestrian Center staff member. Skip all the hustle and bustle of downtown and make a quick .9 mile jaunt on horseback to the barn to settle your horse in after you arrive.

      Reserve your barge passage here:  Call 906 430 0095                       

Arnold Freight
Arnold Freight Pricing

Boats available Monday through Saturday with a 1:30pm departure from St. Ignace

Special requests can be considered for Sundays or Holidays

*All prices are round trip and include trailer parking on mainland. One handler per horse is allowed to travel via freight boat to and from the island.

Travel by Ferry Boat with Mackinac Island Ferry Co./Starline


Board the ferry in St. Ignace by walking your horse onto the boat. Travel across the Lake Huron (about 45 minutes) and arrive on the island. Meet a staff member from the Equestrian Center and begin your 3+ mile walk up to the facility to settle in.

Boats available Monday through Friday with a 11:30am departure from St. Ignace

No boats on weekends or holidays. Surcharge of $650 each way for groups of 12 or more horses.

Ticket Prices

$80.00 Round Trip per horse

*Passenger tickets sold separately and it is highly recommended that they are purchased in advance

For your horse call Mackinac Island Ferry Co.  800-638-9892 ext 4 .                Purchase your boat ride tickets  HERE

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