Mackinac County


Mackinac County is located on the northern shores of Lake Huron and Michigan and encompasses 2 cities and 11 townships. State and Federal land ownership is 54%. The largest employer is the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, the largest year round employer is the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians. The growing tourism industry is currently built around the many attractions in St. Ignace and on Mackinac Island, National Forests, Lakes Huron and Michigan, numerous rivers, streams, inland lakes, public and private campgrounds and the rapidly growing snowmobile tourist season.


Census 2010 2015 % Change
Population  11,113 10,890 -2.01%


Labor Force



Total Labor Force 5,158 6,319
Employed 4,679 6,117
Unemployment 9.30% 3.20%


Major Employers
(# Employed)



SSM Tribe of Chippewa Indians 75 95
Grand Hotel 722 650
Mackinac Straights Area Hospital 309 280
Mackinac County Government 75 75
Mackinac Bridge Authority (Mackinac County) 100 100
St. Ignace Area Schools 58 64
Shepler’s Mackinac 67 67
Star Line Mackinac 61 48
Autore Oil Co 27 28
Arnold Transit Co 27 11
Les Cheneaux Community Schools 36 29
LMAS District Health Dept 41 41
Engadine Consolidated School District 35 33
U.P. Forest Management, Inc. 10 10
Lynn Auto Parts 10 10
SSM Tribe of Chippewa Indians 75 95
St. Ignace News 17 13
Cedar Campus 70 70
MI Department of Health and Human Services 11 11


Manufacturers (# of Employees)



Carmeuse Limestone 72 80
Flotation Docking Systems 23 35
Maples Sawmill 35 27
Sand Products 11 10
Old Mill Designs Embroidery 3 3


Education & Training



Public Schools (Enrollment)

St. Ignace  553 522
Les Cheneaux 229 232
Engadine 271 266
Mackinac Island 77 75
Moran Township School 94 93
Three Lakes Academy 97 101
Bois Blanc Pines School 2 2
Total Public 1,323 1,291

Colleges & Universities (Enrollment)

Lake Superior State University  2,249 2,231
North Central Mich. College 2,915 2,934
Bay Mills Community College 473 541


Workforce Development Agencies

Eastern Upper Peninsula Michigan Works!
Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians



Mackinac Straits Area Hospital, Helen Newberry Joy Hospital, Mackinac Straits Area Hospital, Naubinway, Engadine Clinic, Mackinac Island


Emergency Services

Public Safety: Luce County Sherriff, Michigan State Police

Fire Services: Hudson Twp., Garfield Twp., Brevort Twp., Mackinac Island, Bois Blanc Island

Ambulance Services: Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Garfield Twp., Portage Twp., Allied EMS Systems in Mackinac Island and St. Ignace



Volunteer Ambulance Corps throughout County, 2 City Ambulance


Climate (Average Temperatures)

High (ºF)

Low (ºF)

Summer 75 48
Winter 26 9
Snowfall 115 inches annually


Financial Services

Central Savings Bank, First National Bank of St. Ignace, North Country Bank & Trust,
State Savings Bank of Manistique, Soo Co-op Credit Union, UP State Credit Union


Industrial & Commercial
(# of Establishments)



Accommodation and food services 115 115
Retail trade 99 95
Construction 63 64
Other services except public administration 24 25
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting 18 18
Health care and social assistance 18 18
Professional and technical assistance 17 18
Manufacturing 16 17
Arts, entertainment, and recreation 15 14
Administrative and waste services 13 16
Real estate, rental, and leasing 12 11
Wholesale trade 7 7
Mining 4 4
Information 3 3
Utilities 2 2
Educational services 1 1


Industrial Park

Clark Twp. Industrial Park



Airports: Bois Blanc Hessel, Mackinac Island, St. Ignace
Trucking Companies: USPS, FedEx, UP Special Delivery
Rail Carrier: Canadian National Railway
Commercial Ports: Port Inland, Port Dolomite, Cedarville Quarry
Marinas: Bois Blanc, Cedarville, Hessel, Naubinway, Mackinac Island, St. Ignace


Main Highways

I-75, US 2, M-48, M-117, M-123, M-129, M-134



Local and cellular telephone:AT&T, CenturyLink, Verizon, Sprint
Internet Service Provider: MOTHERS Computers, Lighthouse Computers, AT&T, NoDin Wifi, Satellite



Mackinac County Government Directory, Municipal-level Government Offices



Electricity: Cloverland Electric
Natural Gas: DTE Energy, SEMCO Energy, Propane AmeriGas, Autore Oil Company, Bowman Oil Company, Shute Oil Company, Ferrell Gas
Water: Municipal, Private Wells
Sewer: Municipal, Septic Systems
Waste Disposal: Waste Management
Cable TV: Charter Communications, UP Communications


Recreational Opportunities

Campgrounds, fishing, hunting, boating, bird watching, Hessel Ridge Golf Course, Hiawatha National Forest, Les Cheneaux Golf Club, Mackinac Bridge State Park, Mackinac Island, North Country Trail, Northern Lake Huron Nature Trail (East and West), Northern Lake Michigan Nature Trail, numerous rivers, lakes, and streams, ORV, ATV, Motorcycle trails, Peek-A-Boo Hill Cross-Country ski trail, snowmobile and hiking trails, sport fishing and hunting, St. Ignace Golf Course, Wawashkamo Golf Course, Castle Rock, Museum of Ojibwa Culture, Fort de Baude, Father Marquette National Memorial and Museum, Voyageur Trading Post, Deer Ranch, Mystery Spot, Wawatam Lighthouse, Indian Village, Huron Boardwalk, Huron Village

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