About Mackinac Island

mackinac island history

Mackinac Island is little - only 3.8 square miles.  But the significance of our little island is huge! Mission Point Resort is lucky to call Mackinac Island home.

Mackinac Island was home to Native Americans before European exploration in the 17th century.  Mackinac Island's location, at the intersection of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron made the island a vital hub for trade along the Great Lakes, particularly the fur trade. 

The establishment of Fort Mackinac by the British in the American Revolutionary began the island's military history.  Two battles during the War of 1812 were fought on Mackinac Island.

Later in the 19th century, Mackinac Island became famous as a summer tourist destination.

One of the most notable distinctions of Mackinac Island is that motor vehicles have been prohibited on the island since 1898, giving the island a truly historical character.  The primary methods of transportation on the island are bicycles, horse-drawn carriage, walking, and hiking.

The entire Mackinac Island is a National Historic Landmark, with more than 80% of the island being preserved as the Mackinac Island State Park.

Visits to Mackinac Island remains a tradition of countless families in the United States and Canada, redefining the term 'getting away from it all'.

The Island

About Mackinac Island
Getting to Mackinac
Mackinac Island Activities