We Live on Mackinac Island

    Published as a fund raiser, "We Live on Mackinac Island" answers questions often posed to year round residents by "fudgies" who are curious about the Island's life style.

    The Most Popular Questions & Answers

    What is a "fudgie"?

    "Fudgie" is a term of endearment given to all tourists who come to Mackinac Island. Usually most everyone buys fudge; hence the name.


    How many people live on Mackinac Island year-round?

    Approximately 500-600 people reside on Mackinac Island on a year-round basis.


    Where do Islanders live?

    The majority of people live in Harrisonville, a community located in the center of the Island. Others live downtown, at Stonecliffe, Woodbluff, and British Landing.


    How do you get off the Island in the winter?

     Arnold Line Ferry runs a limited boat schedule through January 2nd. After that date you can use Great Lakes Air that runs between the Island and St. Ignace. We board the small 6 seater plane laden with suitcases, boxes, pets etc. The trip takes only a few minutes and costs approximately $24.00 round trip. Hopefully, sometime in February, the ice between the Island and St. Ignace freezes and we are able to snowmobile across the Straits of Mackinac! (more later!) The boats usually start up during the first week of April, a sure sign of spring!


    What is the "ice bridge"?

     Freedom! Usually in the month of February the water freezes between Mackinac Island and St. Ignace. At that time, some brave soul ventures out and spuds to check the thickness of the ice. If they make it halfway, it's on to St. Ignace to make the call back to the Island. The residents have stockpiled their used Christmas trees out at British Landing in anticipation of this call. The trees are "planted" at intervals to mark the "highway" and the fun begins. It is the only time of the year when the residents are not dependent on a set schedule and of course it's free!


    If you would like a copy of the complete 20 page booklet,

    please send $2.50 and your name and address to:

     Mackinac Island Public School

    P.O. Box 340

    Mackinac Island, MI. 49757