The Straits of Mackinac


First explored by Native Americans, French Canadians, and Jesuit missionary priests, this water passageway, once known as Michilimackinac, connects lake Michigan and Lake Huron and separates Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsulas.  Geographically, cartographers have charted the Straits of Mackinac on the west from Waugoshance island in Lake Michigan eastward through the narrow submerged valley between Mackinaw City and St. Ignace and continuing east/southeast down the south channel of Lake Huron to the city of Cheboygan.  As a popular tourist destination, this area welcomes travelers visiting Mackinac Island, as well as historical sites where St. Ignace, Mackinaw City, and Cheboygan now prosper.