Mackinac Bridge Walk Labor Day

September 2, 2024

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Mackinac Bridge Walk - Labor Day
Thouseand of walkers crossing the Mackinac Bridge in 2018
The 2018 Mackinac Bridge Walk
The people moving from the right to the left in the foreground have already walked from Mackinaw City to St. Ignace
and are "Double Crossing" and are walking back to the south end of the Mighty Mac.
The first Mackinac Bridge Walk was 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. 26,000 people walked the Mackinac Bridge in 2022.

The sun is rising over Mackinac Island as walkers ascend the Mackinac Bridge

Mackinac Bridge

Building the Mackinac Bridge Building the Bridge

Mackinac Bridge 50th Anniversay parade and fireworks 50th Anniversary of opening the bridge

Stormy Lake Michigan
Windy Straits

Straits of Mackinac lisghouse pictures
Mackinac lighthouses

The 2024 Mackinac Bridge Walk will be on Labor Day morning. The only change for the 1014 walk is that walkers starting from the north side will will start from Bridge View Park instead of the area surrounding the Bridge Authority office. They will imediately cross to the east side of the bridge and walk on the same side as before.

This page will be updated when or if other changes are announced. At the present time, this is the best information of what to expect this year.

People may begin to walk anytime between 7 AM and 11:30 AM, and walk as much of the bridge as they are able to do before the bridge reopens to traffic at noon.

Since 2018, walkers may 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 11:30 AM. Some people start at 7 AM 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 people 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 10 AM. The same applies to walkers walking all the way across and back again. Starting at 10 AM, 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 11:30 AM.

People who have never walked the bridge because of physical limitations, or fears of the highest suspended middle, are 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 their limit.

Mackinac Bridge walkers park on the streets near the foot of the Mackinac Bridge in Mackinaw City, or park in downtown St. Ignace, much farther away. There is very little parking next the Mackinac Bridge on the north side. Their is no shuttle in St. Ignace in 2022.

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 is permitted.

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 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 6:40 AM. Athletes must be able to complete each mile in 12 minute pace or less. Registration for the 2023 walk opens on January 1 at 11 AM.  Registration for the Labor Day Bridge Run

The Labor Day Bridge Run is limited to the first 700 people to register. Registration includes a technical tee shirt, finisher medal, finish line photos and a custom bib. The organizers no longer provide transportation over the Mackinac Bridge.

PRIVATE TRAFFIC: From 6:30 AM - 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 & St. Ignace (2023 info)

If you want to do the entire walk one way, Northern Transport & Shuttle provides shuttle service from the Mackinaw City Recreation Center to the north end prior to the closing of the bridge to traffic at 6:30AM. Reservations will be necessary and they will start running from Mackinaw City at 5 AM and the last shuttles must cross by 6:30. This shuttle was designed to aid people doing the Mackinac Bridge Run and will cost $20. 

Star Line Ferry will be running Ferries from BOTH St. Ignace Dock 1 AND Mackinaw City Dock 1 EVERY HOUR on the hour from 6:00 AM to NOON on Labor Day. Specific times must be chosen for Labor Day Bridge Walk Cruises and capacity is limited so get your tickets in advance.

Both Star Line Ferry and Shepler's Ferry 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. Shepler's adds a 6:30 departure from Mackinac Island to St. Ignace on Labor Day morning for people leaving the island to participate in the Bridge Walk.

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.

The ferry docks in St. Ignace are about 2 1/2 miles from the foot of the Mackinac Bridge. Northern Transport & Shuttle will be running shuttles from St. Ignace hotels and Little Bear East Arena (across from the boat docks) to the bridge for $10 per person.

The Star Line Mackinaw City Dock is a bit over a mile from the foot of the Mackinac Bridge. The Shepler's Mackinaw City dock is about a half mile.

Walkers at the foot of the Mackinac Bridge
Starting out across the Mackinac Bridge from the north end in 2011 (the old walk)

Walkers packed on the Mackinac Bridge

Michigan National Guard soldier on the Mackinac Bridge
Prior to 2017, hundreds of National Guard Men and Women provided security for the Mackinac Bridge Walk
and cheered walkers on.

2017 Mackinac Bridge Walk
New since 2017, Michigan State Police provide security for the Mackinac Bridge Walk.

Mackinac Bridge Grating
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

Mackinac Bridge weather station
The Mackinac Bridge Authority monitors conditions at various points along the structure - this weather
station is at the center of the the bridge

Mackinac Bridge Walk finnish line
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.

1959 Mackinac Bridge Walk - Mackinaw City, Michigan
Preparing for the start of the 1959 Mackinac Bridge Walk

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 7 AM. 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 6:30 AM 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 are allowed 

There are no rest rooms on the Mackinac Bridge. There are portable toilets at both ends of the bridge and at the shuttle loading area.

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 10 AM, 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 at (906) 643-7600. TTY users may call the Michigan Relay Center at (800) 649-3777.

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Details of how to sign up for text updates will be provided in advance of the 2021 bridge walk.

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