City of St. Ignace Downtown Development Authority

Visiting Downtown St. Ignace


Use your senses to experience the pristine environment of a small downtown city in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. SMELL the fresh outdoors. SEE the stars of the night sky with no bright city lights to block your view. HEAR the breeze blowing in from Lake Huron without the heavy city traffic to drown nature’s sounds. TASTE the wonderful variety of foods served at any of our downtown restaurants. FEEL the friendliness of a small town as you enjoy our many amenities.


The Huron Boardwalk ribbons along the downtown Lake Huron waterfront offering handicapped accessibility throughout. It has been designated as part of the North Country National Scenic Trail that travels 4,600 miles through seven northern states. This designation helped make St. Ignace the first of Michigan Upper Peninsula “Trail Town” sites. Visit for more information.


When you visitKiwanis Park downtown St. Ignace, you are a short walk from three beautiful, Lake Huron waterfront public parks.

  • Kiwanis Beach Park on the north end of downtown is 300 feet of sandy beach area with picnic tables, benches and small gazebo. It is uniquely landscaped with beautiful flowers lining the entire length of sidewalk area.
  • The American Legion Memorial Park on the south end of downtown is 1,000 feet of rock beach area with playground, public restrooms, picnic pavilion, sand volleyball, horseshoe pits, benches and a walking trail. The memorial area is landscaped to provide a peaceful and joyful experience. There is plenty of on-site parking to accommodate family gatherings.
  • Wawatam ParkThe Chief Wawatam Park is centrally located just south of the public marina. Formerly the site of railroad ferry landings, this newest park boasts a children’s splash pad, a fishing/viewing platform, colorful landscaping surrounding the picnic and seating areas, a kiosk displaying the history of the site and much more.


City MarinaBuilt in 2003, our downtown St. Ignace Marina is a 136-slip state-of-the-art facility that can accommodate yachts up to 150 feet in length. Its convenient downtown location along the Huron Boardwalk puts it within walking distance of shopping, restaurants, boat supplies and groceries. For convenient boat launching, the downtown area also boasts a state-of-the-art four-boat launch ramp, fish cleaning station and more. This launch is located just beyond the Shepler’s Island Ferry docks on North State Street.


Downtown St. Ignace boasts two magnificent museums that tell the unique history of our area.

Events & Activities

ParasailingDowntown St. Ignace has many year round activities. Summer weekly entertainment from July through Labor Day provides endless choices. Visit these listed websites for complete available lists.


Convenient transportation services are available for various modes of travel.

  • Taxi Service: Straits Area Taxi located in the City of St. Ignace. Contact Information: Phone 906-643-6666 Email:
  • Community Action Agency Transportation: Phone: 906-643-8595.
  • Mackinac County Airport: Located at 1220 North State Street, St. Ignace, MI 49781. Contact Information: Phone 906-643-7165.
  • Pellston Regional Airport of Emmet County: Located at 1395 U.S. 31, Pellston, MI 49769. Phone: 231-539-8441
  • Ferries to Mackinac Island