• Our Mission:

    "Preserving the legacy of the Mackinaw WAGB 83 and her Crew"


    Please read the following guidelines prior to your visit to our ship museum.

    • If you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19, are experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat right now, or have experienced symptoms such as a fever, loss of taste or smell, vomiting, diarrhea, or fever in the last 48 hours, please do not visit.
    • A face mask must be worn in all interior locations or when social distancing is impossible in outdoor locations.
    • Please maintain a safe distance of at least six feet between your group and staff and other visitors near you.
    • Hand-sanitizer will be available at key locations around the ship.  Please use them frequently.
    • Since we do not have running water aboard the ship, we provide porta-potties. We will disinfect and sanitize them throughout the day.
    • Plexiglass barriers have been installed at the ticket booth and Ship’s Store sales counter.
    • The use of credit or debit cards is highly encouraged for purchases made on site for the most contactless experience.
    • The Ship’s Store and ticket booth will be sanitized every hour, with additional sanitizing throughout the day.
    • All exhibit and common area spaces will be sanitized prior to opening daily, with a scheduled cleaning process throughout the day.
    • Interactive stations such as knot-tying and “Dress as a Coastie” will not be available as they are high traffic areas.


    The United States Coast Guard ICEBREAKER MACKINAW WAGB-83 is known as the “Queen of the Great Lakes” and “The Largest Icebreaker on the Great Lakes”. She was built as part of the war effort during World War II to meet the heavy demands of war materials and transportation during the winter months.

    Decommissioned in 2006, she now resides at her namesake home of Mackinaw City, Michigan, and is open for public tours, educational tours, overnight encampments and group events. Informative displays and tour guides will tell you the story of the Mackinaw’s 62-year career of breaking ice on the Great Lakes and serving as a goodwill ambassador throughout the region. While aboard you will visit the Mess Deck, Captains Quarters, Bridge, Engine Room, Ward Room, Sick Bay and so much more.

    Aboard the ship is our “Ship’s Store” which has a wide array of nautical, military, and dedicated “Mackinaw” items to choose from. The store is open during regular tour hours and general admission is not necessary to visit only the store.