Manitou Island Transit

Come with us across the crystal waters of Lake Michigan...

An old building on South Manitou Island
South Manitou
Day Trips

Your trip out to the South Manitou Island will take approximately 1 1/2 hours. Our crew will be on hand to guide you as we cruise on the Mishe-Mokwa past the natural beauty of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore [link will open in new window!] and cross the Manitou Passage [link will open in new window!], an international shipping lane.

We dock on the island for 4 1/2 hours, giving you ample time to explore the island's history and natural wonders. We provide two new Kubotas that pull wagons with built in padded seats and backrests for guided tours of the island. Some tours focus on the human history of the island, with visits to the old schoolhouse, farmsteads and cemetary.

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Michael giving a tour.New wagon for tours on island.

The tours are set up en route to the island and we may be able to customize tours for special interests, groups and abilities. Each tour takes about 1 1/2 hours. The cost is $10 for adults and $7 for children.

You may prefer to take your own tour to areas unreachable by vehicle. Self guided tours to such locations as the perched dunes and famed Valley of the Giants are very popular. The trail system and the sandy shoreline of the island allows for unparalled hiking opportunities to see rare wildflowers, old farmsteads, and a number of raptors and other birds -- just ask us for suggestions! Park Rangers are on hand to present the history of the Lifesaving Station and Lighthouse Service. Their tour includes a climb to the top of the 100' South Manitou Island Lighthouse.

Please be advised to bring lunch with you as there is no food service on the island. Many restaurants in Leland make carry-out lunches available.

For more about the Manitou Islands, including maps, a brief history, and our new Photo Tour of the islands please visit our Manitou Islands Page
North & South
Manitou Island Camping

South Manitou Island
Camping is permitted at three locations on this island - the Bay, Weather Station and Popple Campgrounds. The island is small with a fragile ecosystem and low impact camping is the rule. At all locations food should be stored in hard containers to thwart the Northern Miniature Tiger (aka the chipmunk!). There is no transportation to the campgrounds so all camping gear and supplies must be packed in and out.

Backcountry permits are available onboard but large group sites are available only by reservation from the Park Service. Please call the Park Service at 231-326-5134 for reservations.
South Manitou Island Map
Manitou Islands Photo Tour

North Manitou Boat

North Manitou Island
Now here is a camping trip! 15,000 acres of wilderness with a visitor use concept that emphasizes solitude, self-reliance and a sense of exploration. Camping on North Manitou is "open": you choose the campsite! The primary visitor activities include hiking, swimming, backcountry camping and backpacking. The island itself is home to a large whitetail deer herd and is the summer range for a variety of raptors (including the Bald Eagle). In the fall, special trips are available for hunters.
North Manitou Island Map
Manitou Islands Photo Tour
Rates & Schedules
RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED - CALL 231-256-9061

Click here for Map and Driving Directions

South Manitou Island

RATE:
$35/adult - $20/Kids (12 & under)
(Round Trip)

In May/Septemeber/October - Early and late in the season, we will take campers over on Fridays, then back on Sundays. For Sunday to Friday travel, before Memorial Day Weekend and after Labor Day Weekend, please call the office for details.

Kayaks: $35 each
Canoes/Tandem Kayaks: $65

SCHEDULE:

 9:15 AM - check in at ticket office
10:00 AM - boat departs for island
11:30 AM - boat arrives at island
 4:00 PM - boat departs for Leland
 5:30 PM - boat arrives in Leland


May
Campers only on May 20th and May 22nd.

Memorial Weekend
Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday

June 1st to 15th
Daily except NO Tuesday or Thursday Trips

June 16th to Labor Day
Daily, 7 Days a week

Fall
Please call operator.

We will be running one boat to both islands on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays through the fall, which could make your return as late as 5:30 PM.
North Manitou Island

RATE:
$35/adult - $20/Kids (12 & under)
(Round Trip)

In May/September/October - Early and late in the season, we will take campers over on Fridays, then back on Sundays. For Sunday to Friday travel, before Memorial Day Weekend and after Labor Day Weekend, please call the office for details.

Kayaks: $35 each
Canoes/Tandem Kayaks: $65

SCHEDULE:

 9:15 AM - check in at ticket office
10:00 AM - boat departs for island
11:00 AM - boat arrives at island
11:00 AM - IMMEDIATE TURNAROUND FOR LELAND. NO LAYOVER. 12:00 PM - boat arrives in Leland


Starting June 30th
Friday & Sunday

Memorial Weekend
Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday

June 1st to 15th
Beginning June 11th we will add Monday
Wednesday, Friday & Sunday

June 15th to Labor Day
No Saturdays until June 30th!
Beginning June 30th we will add Saturday
Daily except NO Tuesday or Thursday Trips*
*If you have a large group we can run on those days, call our office for details.

Fall
Please call operator.

We will be running one boat to both islands on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays through the fall, which could make your return as late as 5:30 PM.

Hunt Schedule
Call 231-256-9061 for details

Off-Season
We will not take campers over on Sundays in the fall and early spring.
We want all the campers to go over on Fridays or Saturdays and have everyone
return together on Sundays. We can't guarantee boat trips that far in advance.

Cancellation Policy
Individuals require a 48 hour notice for a refund.

Groups of 10 or more require a 2 week notice for a refund.

There is a 20% cancellation charge for all reservations.


Parking is available for $2.00 per day.

All schedules are dependent on the weather.


Click here for Map and Driving Directions

SPECIAL CHARTER TRIPS ARE AVAILABLE FOR CLUBS AND GROUPS.
PLEASE CALL 231-256-9061 OR E-MAIL FOR MORE INFORMATION.
Island Camping Information
PLEASE NOTE THAT CAMPING FEES ARE CHARGED BY THE SLEEPING BEAR DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE FEES PLEASE VISIT THE SLEEPING BEAR DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE'S WEB SITE OR CALL THEM AT (231) 326-5134.
South Manitou Island

South Manitou Island has three campgrounds: Weather Station, Popple and Bay. The three locations all provide very good spacing of sites. In most cases, you cannot see your neighbors. Check the South Manitou Island Map for campground locations.
North Manitou Island

North Manitou Island features low impact "open camping". You pick your site! The North Manitou Island Map provides a good start to planning your backcountry excursion.
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Shoreline Cruises through the Manitou Passage Manitou Island Transit Home Page

Manitou Island Transit
PO Box 1157 - Leland, MI 49654
231-256-9061 - (fax) 231-256-2352
e-mail manitou@freeway.net


http://www.manitoutransit.com/