Mackinac Island is a city located in Mackinac County, Michigan covering 5.6 square miles of total area, with just about 22% of that being water. As of the 2010 census, Mackinac Island had just 492 permanent residents. However, during the summer months, the population could swell to thousands due to tourism and seasonal workers. Pronounced mak-in-aw, the city has a unique local ordinance which prohibits anyone to use any means of motor vehicles on the island, prompting people to travel by foot, horseback or bicycle. The only exceptions to the ordinance are emergency vehicles, electric wheelchairs for those that need them, golf carts on-course only and snowmobiles in the winter.
There are plenty of places to see in Mackinac Island, some of which you can find in the Mackinac Island, MI Yellow Pages and the Mackinac Island, MI Business Directory. Located in the city is Mackinac Island State Park, containing 80% of Mackinac Island. It is also home to the Grand Hotel, famous for the 1980 movie Somewhere in Time, and built in the late 19th century. Mackinac Island is the destination of the Chicago to Mackinac Sailboat Race, an annual race run by the Chicago Yacht Club. Also, it is the destination of the annual Bayview Yacht Club sponsored Port Huron to Mackinac Boat Race.
Written by Lyndsey Morgan