I know this is a little early for some to start making plans, but I wanted to share this so it'd be on your radar.
Last year we had a blast with this event! There was a few hundred Jeeps that did the bridge crossing and many went over to the island after to Jeep around the Drummond and Turtle Ridge trails.
The minimal $35/person fee covers crossing the bridge once and Drummond Island ferry fare both ways. Based on last year, there's no formal events besides the bridge crossing worth going to imho unless you want to sit around a non-existent fire and drink beers instead of wheeling. A bit disappointingly there was no Jeep vendors either (just local sponsors, which was nice getting free fudge ). No trail leaders or spotters either. That said, there's a fair amount of trails a stock Jeep can do; you might need to bypass a few of the more difficult obstacles. For modified and heavily modified, there's a bunch of great holes to play around in. Dirt, rock, mud, water, snow, there's about everything.
I'll be driving from Northern WI and meeting up with some buddies around Rapid River, MI. If anyone is coming from this direction let me know if you want to caravan.
Event Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/236597203378368/Schedule (tentative):
Friday, April 21
10:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m. Staging at Little Bear Arena in St. Ignace
2:30 p.m. Mandatory driver's meeting/Blessing of the Jeeps
3:00 p.m. Mackinac Bridge crossing, ending in St. Ignace
4:00-7:00 p.m. Meet-n-greet with live music, appetizers, craft beer, house wine, and pop available at Little Bear Arena
Saturday, April 22
8:00 a.m. Rides begin on Drummond Island
5:00-7:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony on Drummond Island (must be present to win)
Enjoying Jeep-ing in St. Ignace, on Drummond Island, and around the Eastern U.P.!
Geocaching Scavenger Hunt begins in St. Ignace
Sunday, April 23
Geocaching Scavenger Hunt in St. Ignace - turn in sheets to Mackinac Grille from 10am-2pm
The $35 entry fee per person ($10 for child 10 years or younger) includes:
Mackinac Bridge fare
Drink Coupon (beer, wine, pop, water)
Kewadin Casino coupon
Shuttle service through St. Ignace Friday afternoon through Saturday
Commemorative dash plaque
Drummond Island ferry fare (trailer will be an additional cost)
Awards & Giveaways
Coupon for Gifts Galore in St. Ignace for promotional items
Turtle Ridge Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/turtleridgedrummond/
New for 2017 is vendor info:
I hope to see you guys there!FYI: Are you or your business interested in having a Vendor's Booth at the 2nd Annual JEEP the Mac to Drummond Island event? If so, here's the step-by-step application process:
STEP ONE: Decide if you want to set-up in St.Ignace OR on the Island.
STEP TWO: If you prefer to be in St. Ignace you MUST contact their group. You can find their contact info on their website at:
STEP THREE: If you prefer the Island here's our contact info:
Drummond Island Tourism Association (DITA) Office
Or email at
We have been mailing out application packages daily for the last few weeks but still have spaces available!