Mackinaw City Area Hotels

Holiday Inn Express, the Host Hotel, is the closest hotel, less than a mile from the hawk watch, conference, and banquet.  364 Louvigny Dr., Mackinaw City 49701. 231-436-7100.

Deer Head Bed and Breakfast

109 Henry St.

Mackinaw City, MI 49701


Driftwood Inn

590 N. State St.

St. Ignace, MI 49781


Hamilton Inn Select

701 South Huron

Mackinaw City, MI 49701



NOTE: Mention the Mackinaw Straits Raptor Watch or Hawk Count for a reduced rate this spring.

Thunderbird Inn

146 Old US 31 Hwy.

Mackinaw City, MI 49701


Vindel Motel

223 W Central Ave

Mackinaw City, MI 49701



Crown Choice Inn and Suites

720 S. Huron St.

Mackinaw City, MI 49701



Petoskey and Harbor Springs Area Hotels

(20 minutes south)


Mackinaw City Winter Restaurants

1.       *Audies, 314 N. Nicolet St.

2a.      *BC Pizza, 209 E. Central Ave.

2b.        *Kentucky Fried Chicken, 225 W. Central Ave. (opens on May 1)

3.       *Biere de Mac Brew Works, 14277 Mackinaw Hwy.

4.       Dixie Saloon, 401 E. Central Ave.

5.       *Keyhole Bar and Grill, 323 E. Central Ave.

6.       Mackinaw Pastie & Cookie Co., 117 W. Jamet St.

7.       Nonna Lisa’s Restaurant, 312 S. Huron St. (Featuring FREE Taste of Mackinaw event -- offerings of food and drink by local restaurants)

8.       O’Reilly’s Irish Pub, 106 Langlade St.

9.       Rusted Spoke Brewing Co., 810 S. Huron

10.     *Harbor Light Grill, 6492 Paradise Tr., Carp Lake

 *Denotes Raptor Partner


To reach these, turn right out of Mackinaw City School onto W. Central Ave. and go:

1. Left at the light, location on right

2. Straight through light, location on left

3. Right at light just past I-75, location on right

4. Straight through light almost to lake, location on left

5. Straight through light a few blocks down, location on left

6. Left on Louvigny before light, location just past Holiday Inn Express on right

7. Straight through light, right at stop sign just before Shepler dock, location on right

8. Straight through light, left at stop sign by Dixie Saloon, location on right

9.Straight through light, right at stop sign just before Shepler dock, location on right

10. Right at light just past I-75, left on M-31 for several miles to Carp Lake, location on left

Photography Notice


The Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch is a non-profit organization created to study the migratory habits of raptors and waterfowl crossing the Straits of Mackinac.  MSRW holds a public Mackinaw Raptor Fest and migratory bird research in the Straits area.  Volunteer photographers take photos of activities at the Fest and other MSRW-sponsored events, including photos of participants, in an on-going effort to spread awareness of the importance of this scientific work and to encourage public participation.  No public photos will be used or sold for profit. Low resolution photos are sometimes posted on the Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch Facebook Page, Instagram Page or Websites.  Photos are sometimes included in press releases or print brochures.  By attending any MSRW event you are giving consent for your photo to be taken and acknowledging that your image may appear in a photo taken at that eventIf you do not wish for your image to appear in any public photo please inform us during check-in registration at the Fest or any other MSRW event.  In the case of minor children, MSRW Event Photographers will approach parents and ask for explicit written permission before taking a photo.

Weather Note

Dress for 20 to 30 degrees colder along the lake and be prepared for cold rain or snow. It is nearly always windy, so outer wind-proof layers, winter coats and boots, warm hats and scarves are recommended. Bring a lawn chair for comfort while watching, as well as binoculars, spotting scopes, or cameras.