|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. 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 2022 Mackinac Bridge Walk is on. At this time
no changes have been announced to the walk for 2022. This page will me
updated if changes are announced. For 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
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
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 6:40 AM. Athletes must be able
to complete each mile in 12 minute pace or less. Registration for the 2022
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 &
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. 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. They will also be available to take people
back across the bridge after the walk for $20 per person after the bridge
They will be unable to cross the bridge between 6:30 AM
and noon. If you walk the bridge and have them bring you back, they will
take you to your motel or ferry dock. $10/peron. Call them to schedule
at (906) 430-5337.
Family Share a Ride LLC will also be providing a shuttle vans
over the Mackinac Bridge following the conclusion of the walk for $8/person.
Details are still be worked out, but call them at (906) 298-2527 to see
if they will work for you.
Another option is Star
Line Ferry, which on Labor Day only, provides pedestrian
ferry departures between Mackinaw City and St. Ignace. Star
Line Ferry's first 2022 departure from each community is
at 6 AM and they will run from each community on the hour, through
noon. Tickets purchased
online in advance are $30/adult and $10/child (ages 5-12).
Line Ferry and Shepler's Ferry 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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
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 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 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
St. Ignace Bridge Walk North Start
2018 Bridge Walk
Photos & Report
2017 Mackinac Bridge
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Stokes. These Mackinac Bridge photos may not be
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