FAQ’s

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Photo by www.kenscottphotography.com

*ARE PETS ALLOWED ON THE ISLAND?

NO PETS ARE NOT ALLOWED ON SOUTH OR NORTH MANITOU ISLAND. HOWEVER WE DO ALLOW PETS ON OUR EVENING SHORELINE CRUISE.

*WHERE CAN I LEAVE MY CAR?

WE HAVE A PARKING LOT AVAILABLE FOR $2.00 PER DAY .

*DO WE NEED TO PURCHASE TICKETS AHEAD OF TIME?

WE DO FILL UP, SO WE DEFINITELY RECOMMEND GETTING TICKETS AS SOON AS YOU ARE SURE OF YOUR TRIP.

* DO I NEED A PARK ENTRANCE PASS?

YES, THE FEE IS $15.00 PER CAR. PASSES CAN BE PURCHASED AT THE MANITOU ISLAND TRANSIT OFFICE IN LELAND.  ALTHOUGH CARS DO NOT GO TO THE ISLAND, THIS IS HOW THE NATIONAL PARK CHARGES.  THE COST IS $15.00 PER GROUP OR WHOEVER RODE TOGETHER.

* HOW DO I GET A CAMPING PERMIT?

CAMPING PERMITS CAN BE PURCHASED AT THE MANITOU ISLAND TRANSIT OFFICE IN LELAND.

THE CAMPING PERMITS ARE $10.00 PER NIGHT PER INDIVIDUAL CAMPSITE OR BACKCOUNTRY PERMIT FOR 4 PEOPLE.

GROUP CAMPING ON NORTH MANITOU IS $20.00/NIGHT FOR EVERY 10 PEOPLE.

* IS GROUP CAMPING AVAILABLE?

YES, CALL 1-877-444-6777 OR http://www.recreation.gov (FOR SMI GROUP SITES ONLY)

IS THERE FOOD ON THE ISLAND?  

NO.  THERE IS NO FOOD OR AMENITIES ON THE ISLAND.  YOU NEED TO BRING EVERYTHING WITH YOU. WE DO SELL SOME LIMITED ITEMS ON THE BOAT, BUT NOTHING IS AVAILABLE ONCE YOU ARE THERE.

*CAN WE BRING ALCOHOL TO THE ISLAND?

Yes, you can, however, you cannot drink your own alcohol on the boat as we have a liquor license.  You can buy ours.  However, on the island it is okay to drink your own.  Just remember, carry in and carry out all empties.

*CAN WE BRING ROLLING COOLERS, CARTS, WAGONS, ETC.?

Although you can certainly bring coolers to the islands, (many people do), you may not roll them to the campgrounds, you have to physically carry them.  You may not wheel anything in and out of the campgrounds.  Carts and wagons are not allowed.  We do allow strollers on South Manitou, although they are not allowed in and out of the campgrounds.  No strollers, carts or wagons on North manitou at all.

*CAN WE BRING OUR PET?

No, unfortunately the National Park Service does not allow pets on the island.  We do allow well-behaved and leashed pets on our evening shoreline cruise in July and August, call ahead.

*CAN WE BRING OUR BIKES?

No, we do not allow bikes.   They are not allowed on north at all.  On south, they are not allowed on many of the trails and are not allowed into the campgrounds.