Mackinac State Historic Parks has an historic object and archives collection of several thousand items. Enjoy a ferry ride across the waters of Lake  Huron to the world famous Mackinac Island to explore fisheries history exhibits at Fort Mackinac on the island.

Mackinac State Historic Parks has an historic object and archives collection of several thousand items. Fort Mackinac (1781-1895) on Mackinac Island features a fisheries history exhibit related to  the fishing and the fishing industry of the Straits area, many of these items excavated from Colonial Michilimackinac (1715-1781)  in Mackinaw City. The Fort Mackinac exhibit explores the transitional time period from fur trade to an emerging fishing industry, and the important role Mackinac Island played within the Great Lakes fishing industry. Of particular note is an interactive replica fishing dock scene. On display is  an 1850’s Fishing Receipt Book and a metal fish inspector stamp both of which are on display at Fort Mackinac (1781-1895) on Mackinac Island. Also interpreted is a model of the famed Mackinaw Boat, describing its important role relating to fur and fish industry during this time period.

Along with historic sites, Mackinac State Historic Parks also maintains the Petersen Center Library and Research Center here in Mackinaw City where the public can come and research topics related to the region.

Michigan Sea Grant
Michigan Sea Grant
Michigan Sea Grant
Michigan Sea Grant
Michigan Sea Grant
Michigan Sea Grant

What you can do here

Access Fishing History & Culture Research, Boat Rides, Gift Shop or Fisheries Items for Purchase, School or Group Tours, View Exhibits

Hours: See website for hours of operation and ticket fees.
Mackinac State Historic Parks
7029 Huron Rd
Mackinac Island, MI 49757
GPS: 45.86003, -84.61956
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Collections and research relating to Mackinaw State Historic Parks and Straits area.