Mackinaw vs. Mackinac

Mackinaw with a W' is the correct spelling for Mackinaw City on Michigan 's Lower Peninsula .

Mackinac with a C' is the correct spelling for the Mackinac Bridge, Mackinac Island, Fort Mackinac and Mackinac County in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.


Mackinaw City is located on the tip of Michigan 's Lower Peninsula .

Northern Michigan has been the ancestral home of the Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, later infiltrated by French trappers and English soldiers alike.
Wilderness State Park with Waugoshance Point lies about 11 miles west of Mackinaw City .
There are many tourist attractions, dining, lodging, opportunities in the Michilimackinac region.

A destination filled with historical significance and modern activities and amenities. The Gateway to Mackinac Island, Mackinaw City is where you cross by ferry to Mackinac Island.


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Michilimackinac typically refers to the area between Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsulas. The area consisting of present day Straits of Mackinac, Emmet, Mackinac, and Cheboygan Counties, The Mackinac Bridge and Mackinac Island.

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