Native name: Michilimackinac
Mackinac Island is located in Michigan
45°51′40″N 84°37′50″WCoordinates: 45°51′40″N 84°37′50″W
Major islands-Mackinac, Bois Blanc, Round
Area-3.776 sq mi (9.78 km2)
Coastline-8 mi (13 km)
Highest elevation-890 ft (271 m)
Highest point-Fort Holmes
Largest city-Mackinac Island (pop. 492)
Population-492 residents and as many as 15,000 tourists per day during peak season (as of 2010)
Density-50.31 /km2 (130.3 /sq mi)
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
U.S. National Historic Landmark District
Michigan State Historic Site
Mackinac Island (/ˈmækɨnɔː/ MAK-in-aw) is an island and resort area, covering 3.8 square miles (9.8 km2) in land area, in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is located in Lake Huron, at the eastern end of the Straits of Mackinac, between the state's Upper and Lower Peninsulas. The island was home to a Native American settlement before European exploration began in the 17th century. It served a strategic position amidst the commerce of the Great Lakes fur trade. This led to the establishment of Fort Mackinac on the island by the British during the American Revolutionary War.It was the site of two battles during the War of 1812.
In the late 19th century, Mackinac Island became a popular tourist attraction and summer colony. Much of the island has undergone extensive historical preservation and restoration; as a result, the entire island is listed as a National Historic Landmark. It is well known for its numerous cultural events; its wide variety of architectural styles, including the famous Victorian Grand Hotel; its fudge; and its ban on almost all motor vehicles. More than 80 percent of the island is preserved as Mackinac Island State Park.