Official Mackinaw City Chamber of Tourism

Mackinaw City, Michigan

Mackinaw City is the perfect vacation destination at the base of the Mackinac Bridge where the Great Lakes Huron and Michigan meet. Experience our historic parks, relaxing sandy beaches, unique shopping & restaurants, all while the natural beauty of Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island captivate your senses.

Mackinaw City Winter Fun & Commerce

Updated November 16th, 2017

Mackinaw City has many winter activities and thriving commerce during the winter season. If you are looking for hotel accommodations check out our Mackinaw City Hotels information.

Mackinaw City winters are action packed, from mild family fun to wild alpine adventure, Mackinaw City winter activities revolve around the snow, sun, and crisp Great Lakes air.

Skiing

Easily accessible backcountry and seemingly endless cross country trails ensures Mackinaw City will always remain a cross country skiers' mecca.

Guides & Tours

Professionally guided tours in Mackinaw City focus on the dynamic intersections between the area's unique cultural history, commerce, and abundant natural wonders.

Kids Winter Fun

Mackinaw City has a 25,000 square-foot Indoor Water Park with slides, climbing ropes, water cannons, and much more. Pirate's Adventure Indoor Waterpark of Mackinaw City is open all year round.

Snowmobiling

When the Mackinaw City back country beckons, fire up a sled to play in deep alpine powder stashes and winding, compacted forest trails and ride in downtown Mackinaw City to the Dixie Saloon.

Dog Sledding

Work up an appetite the old-fashioned way by touring Mackinaw City's natural beauty on an exhilarating dog sled.

Snowshoeing

For low-impact, slow-and-steady exploration, try floating atop dry Mackinaw City snow by strapping on snowshoes and heading to one of countless trails.

Big Red Rides

Escape the crowds and ride in luxury to prime untracked powder stashes on an Mackinaw City Big Red tour.

Sleigh Rides

Take a majestic horse-drawn sleigh ride in Mackinaw City and you'll understand why Santa Claus still prefers this ancient mode of transportation. Mackinaw City winters are action packed from mild family fun to wild back country adventure, Mackinaw City winter activities revolve around the snow, sun and crisp Great Lakes air and Business District Commerce.

Ice Skating

Be sure to fit some ice time into a Mackinaw City vacation because both indoor and outdoor ice skating options are available in Mackinaw City.

Coming Events

Mackinaw City WinterfestJan 20-23, 2018

Mackinaw City Winterfest

Saturday, Jan 20th-23rd, 2018

Parade, Chili Cook Off and Outhouse Parade and race at 2:00 p.m. Celebrate winter in Mackinaw City during our annual Winterfest. Enjoy a variety of fun outdoor events as our famous outhouse races, city wide poker walk, chili cookoff and more. Sign up for the ice fishing contest in Paradise Lake.
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Mackinaw City Winterfest Ice Fishing TournamentJan 20, 2018

Mackinaw City Winterfest Ice Fishing Tournament

Saturday, Jan 20th, 2018

Winterfest Ice Fishing Tournament - Paradise Lake Marina, only 7 miles from Downtown Mackinaw City.

Contestants will meet at the Paradise Lake Marina.  All entry fees include a chance ticket valued at $5. The three categories to be judged are: heaviest pike, heaviest walleye and heaviest pan fish. Each category carries a $300 top prize.

Application forms are available at  Carp Lake General Store and Clyde's Bar until 3 p.m. on Friday. Participants may preregister from 3-6 p.m. on Friday in the headquarters trailer at the public access. Day of tournament registration is from 6:30-8 a.m. at the headquarters trailer.

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