|The Mackinac Bridge Walk
has been held every year since 1958. The first bridge walk during the Bridge's
Dedication Ceremony in June, 1958 and only 68 people walked across the
Mackinac Bridge that year. The walk has been held on Labor Day every year
since 1959. Most years, the Michigan Governor leads off the start of the
Bridge Walk and President George H. W. Bush led the walk in 1992. 30,000
people walked the Mackinac Bridge in 2019.
The sun is rising over Mackinac Island as walkers ascend the Mackinac
Building the Bridge
50th Anniversary of opening the bridge
The 2021 Mackinac Bridge Walk. is still on. At
this time no changes have been announced to the walk for 2021, Due to Covid,
there was no walk in 2020 and there will probably be changes required for
2021. The Mackinac Bridge Authority has scheduled a Special Meeting on
May 18, 2021 to discuss the Mackinac Bridge Walk. This page will me updated
if changes are announced. For the present time, this is the best information
of what to expect in 2021.
People can begin the 2021 Mackinac Bridge Walk
anytime between 7AM and 11:30AM, and walk as much of the bridge as they
are able to do before the bridge reopens to traffic at noon.
New since 2018, people can
now start their Mackinac Bridge Walk from either end of the Mighty Mac
and there are no busses traveling across the bridge during the walk.
The new rules mean that even though the walk ends at noon,
people can walk at least a little of the bridge, as long as they arrive
before 11:30AM. Some people start at 7AM and walk all the way across the
Mackinac Bridge and back to where they started (10 miles). They call themselves
"Double Crossers" and many buy "Double Crosser" T-shirts.
Many walk all the way across one way, either having arranged
to get to the far side of the bridge before the walk, returning by way
of Mackinac Island, or returning after the bridge reopened to traffic.
Other people walk part way across (perhaps the middle) and back. If new
options are announced, they will be added to this page.
Walkers wishing to walk all the
way across the Mackinac Bridge must reach the midpoint by 10AM. The
same applies to walkers walking all the way across and back again. Starting
at 10AM, the turn around point starts moving from the center toward each
end, so that people have time to return to the end they started from. No
one can begin their walk after 11:30AM.
People who have never walked the bridge because of physical
limitations, or fears of the highest suspended middle, ware finally able
to experience being on the bridge. Some may only go a few hundred yards,
while others walk a mile or more, knowing they can turn around before reaching
Mackinac Bridge walkers park on the streets near the foot
of the Mackinac Bridge in Mackinaw City, or park in downtown St. Ignace
to take a $5 shuttle from Little Bear Arena to the walk. This shuttle operates
from 6AM - 1PM. There is very little parking next the Mackinac Bridge on
the north side. The shuttle is free to people with proof they spent the
night in a St. Ignace motel.
To manage the thousands of people who walk the bridge,
the following are NOT permitted: smoking, signs, banners, umbrellas,
bicycles, roller skates, skateboards, wagons and other similar devices.
Baby strollers and wheelchairs are allowed on the bridge during the walk.
The ONLY animals permitted are working service dogs.
There are no rest rooms on the bridge, but there are huge
banks of portable toilets at both ends. Although the walk can be completed
in about an hour, the typical walk all the way across, or to the half way
point and back, will take about 90 minutes to 2 hours. No running or jogging
For many years, there was a walking race at the beginning
of the Mackinac Bridge Walk. Competitors were required to walk heal to
toe and running or jogging could result in a disqualification. The mightymac.org
Webmaster competed in the walking race in 1967 at age 13 and finished 5th
in his age group with a time of about 56 minutes.
More recently, there is a Labor
Day Run for runners and wheeling athletes which begins from
the north end of the Mackinac Bridge at 6:40AM. Athletes must be able to
complete each mile in 12 minute pace or less. The charge is $65 until
March 31, 2021, and goes up thereafter. Registration
for the Labor Day Bridge Run.
The Labor Day Bridge Run is limited to the first 700 people
to register. Registration includes bus transportation from the Mackinaw
City Recreation Center to the starting line on the bridge prior to the
run, a technical tee shirt, finisher medal, finish line photos and a custom
PRIVATE TRAFFIC: From 6:30AM - Noon, Northbound
I-75 traffic will be stopped at Exit 337 on the south end of the bridge;
southbound US-2 and I-75 traffic will be stopped at Exit 344 on the north
side. Mackinac Bridge Authority mechanics will patrolled to assist motorists
with vehicle problems.
Transportation options between Mackinaw City &
This info is from 2019. 2021 details will probably
not be available until mid summer.
For people who want to do the entire walk one way, Star
Line Ferry provides pedestrian
ferry departures between Mackinaw City and St. Ignace. Star
Line Ferry's first 2019 departure from each community were
at 6AM and they will run from each community on the hour, through noon.
online in advance are $20/adult and $10/child (ages 5-12). The Mackinaw
City Dock is a bit over a mile from the foot of the Mackinac Bridge. In
St. Ignace, there will be a free shuttle between the north side of the
Mackinac Bridge to near the St. Ignace Dock #3 where these boats will depart.
Free parking is provided. Your spot is not reserved, boarding is in
the order people arrive at the dock. Free parking is provided.
Ferry also provided pedestrian
ferry departures between Mackinaw City and St. Ignace. Departures
start from Mackinaw City at 5:30AM and from St. Ignace at 6:00AM. There
will be several departures per hour, with the final one at 10AM from Mackinaw
City and 10:30AM from St. Ignace. These tickets will have reserved boarding.
The cost of this service is $20/adult and $10/child (ages 5-12), if booked
online by August 25. More thereafter. The Mackinaw City dock is about
5 blocks from the foot of the Mackinac Bridge and there will be a free
shuttle between the north side of the bridge and a location 2 blocks from
the St. Ignace dock. Your ticket is for a specific departure and you
are guaranteed a seat. Free parking is provided.
Both ferry lines also provide the option of taking a ferry
to Mackinac Island from one of the two mainland communities and then taking
a 2nd ferry to the other community. Many people using this option
take the ferry after their Mackinac Bridge Walk and spend some time on
Mackinac Island before taking the second ferry.
If you are staying on Mackinac Island, you may take a
ferry to either Mackinaw City or St. Ignace and return to the Island from
the other community.
Starting out across the Mackinac Bridge from the north end in 2011
(the old walk)
Prior to 2017, hundreds of National Guard Men and Women provided security
for the Mackinac Bridge Walk
and cheered walkers on.
New since 2017, Michigan State Police provide security for the Mackinac
Looking down through the grates which comprise the two inside lanes
of the suspended portion of the bridge
and reduce the weight of the bridge deck
The Mackinac Bridge Authority monitors conditions at various points
along the structure - this weather
station is at the center of the the bridge
Walkers are given a numbered bridge walk certificate at the completion
of your walk - the number on the certificate may
match a prize number on display in one of the store windows in Mackinaw
City or the City of St. Ignace on day of event.
Different certificates are given out at both ends of the Mackinac Bridge
and "Double Crossers" get both.
Preparing for the start of the 1959 Mackinac Bridge Walk
Walkers starting across the Mackinac Bridge from Mackinaw City in 1959
Mackinac Bridge Walk Fact Sheet & Tips
There is no charge to walk the Mackinac Bridge.
Walkers may start walking beginning at 7AM. Buses will
start picking up those who have not completed the walk, working out from
the center of the bridge, as noon approaches.
Walk only. No running, jogging, etc.
Only official vehicles will be permitted on the Mackinac
Bridge between 6:30AM and Noon. No private traffic!
Baby strollers and wheelchairs are allowed on the bridge
during the walk.
Only working service animals are permitted. No other animals
There are no rest rooms on the Mackinac Bridge. There
are portable toilets at both ends of the bridge and at the shuttle loading
Bags may be inspected.
NOT PERMITTED: smoking, signs, banners, umbrellas, bicycles,
roller skates, skateboards, wagons & similar devices.
You will receive a numbered Mackinac Bridge Walk certificate
at the completion of the walk at either end. The number on your certificate
may match a prize winning number on display in store windows in Mackinaw
City or St. Ignace on the day of event.
Wear layers. It may be cold at the start of the walk,
but much warmer before you finish.
People walking all the way across the Mackinac Bridge
must reach the midway point by 10AM, or they will be turned back to the
end they started from.
Those who need reasonable accommodations due to disability
may contact the Mackinac Bridge Authority by August 30, 2019 at (906) 643-7600.
TTY users may call the Michigan Relay Center at (800) 649-3777.
Sign Up for Bridge Walk Text updates
Details of how to sign up for text updates will be provided in advance
of the 2021 bridge walk.
Mackinaw City Bridge Walk South Start
$5 St. Ignace Shuttle to Bridge Walk North Start
2018 Bridge Walk
Photos & Report
2017 Mackinac Bridge
copyright 1959-2021 by Keith
Stokes. These Mackinac Bridge photos may not be
reproduced without written permission. My home