2009-04-02 / Front Page

Sign of Spring: Ferry Travel Resumes to Mackinac Island


St. Ignace City Manager Eric Dodson (left) greeted Mackinac Island City Councilman Armand "Smi" Horn (second from left) and Island Mayor Margaret Doud, pictured with Huron Captain Keith Duffton, as they stepped off Arnold Transit Company's Huron passenger ferry Tuesday, March 31. The crossing was the first departure from Mackinac Island since January.

Arnold Transit Company resumed ferry service between St. Ignace and Mackinac Island for the first time since January, making the first trip of the season with the Huron Tuesday, March 31.

 

The Huron's last run was January 4.

"The water was wide open until we got to the St. Ignace dock," said Huron Captain Keith Duffton, after the boat's first trip from Mackinac Island.

St. Ignace City Manager Eric Dodson greeted Mackinac Island Mayor Margaret Doud and City Councilman Armand "Smi" Horn as they stepped off the boat. It has been a long tradition for the Island mayor and St. Ignace mayor to greet each other at the dock on the first ferry trip of the spring season, however, St. Ignace Mayor Paul Grondin was unable to attend.

The following is a boat schedule for the spring season (subject to change):

From Tuesday, March 31, to Saturday, April 4:

Leaves St. Ignace: 8 a.m., 11 a.m., and 3:45 p.m.

Leaves Mackinac Island: 8:45 a.m., noon, and 4:30 p.m.

There is no Sunday service this week.

From Monday, April 6, to Sunday, April 19:

Leaves St. Ignace: 7:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:45 p.m.

Leaves Mackinac Island: 8:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.

The 7:30 a.m. trip from St. Ignace and the 8:15 a.m. trip departing the Island are not available on Sundays during this schedule.

From Monday, April 20, to Thursday, April 30:

Leaves St. Ignace: 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 4:15 p.m.

Leaves Mackinac Island: 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon, 3 p.m., and 5 p.m.

The 7:30 a.m. trip from St. Ignace and the 8 a.m. trip departing the Island are not available on Sundays during this schedule.

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