Manitou Island Transit Ferry

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Interested in exploring North & South Manitou Island? The Manitou Transit Ferry Service is how you get there. You can do a day trip or spend the night camping. The ferry ride is slow moving and usually is 1.5 hours one way. Ferry reservations are required. Visit to learn about getting to the island.

During a day trip to South Manitou Island you can visit a lighthouse, hike trails, picnic, bird-watch, or explore natural and cultural areas. MIT also offers tours of South Manitou Island from their open-air vehicles.

Leland, a picturesque little village located on a sliver of land between Lake Michigan and Lake Leelanau that harbors MIT, is an attraction of its own with its historic village center, known as Fishtown, shops, restaurants, galleries, and museums.

MIT provides boat transportation services between Leland Harbor and North and South Manitou Islands. Services generally run from May till October.

No pets are permitted on the islands. Pets are permitted on some cruises.

Kayaks and canoes require special ticketing. Call Manitou Island Transit for more information
No wheeled vehicles (including bicycles, carts, carriages, etc.) are permitted.

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Last updated: April 3, 2024