Petoskey and Harbor Springs Area Hotels

(20 minutes south)


Mackinaw City Area Hotels

Deer Head Bed and Breakfast

109 Henry St.

Mackinaw City, MI 49701


Driftwood Inn

590 N. State St.

St. Ignace, MI 49781


Hamilton Inn Select

701 South Huron

Mackinaw City, MI 49701



Holiday Inn Express (Host Hotel)

364 Louvigny Drive

Mackinaw City, MI 49701



Thunderbird Inn

146 Old US 31 Hwy.

Mackinaw City, MI 49701


Vindel Motel

223 W Central Ave

Mackinaw City, MI 49701



Crown Choice Inn and Suites

720 S. Huron St.

Mackinaw City, MI 49701



Holiday Inn Express, the Host Hotel, offers discounted room rates and a hearty deluxe breakfast. It is conveniently located less than a mile from the hawk watch, conference, and banquet.  Call hotel directly for reservations and ask for Kelli.

2 Double Beds $99.00        

2 Queen Beds $109.00

1 King Bed $104.00            

King Bed with Jacuzzi $115.00

Several fine Mackinaw City restaurants will be open for lunch on April 7.  For your convenience, names and maps will be provided at registration.

Photography Notice


The Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch is a non-profit organization created to study the migratory habits of raptors and waterfowl crossing the Straits of Mackinac.  MSRW holds a public Mackinaw Raptor Fest and migratory bird research in the Straits area.  Volunteer photographers take photos of activities at the Fest and other MSRW-sponsored events, including photos of participants, in an on-going effort to spread awareness of the importance of this scientific work and to encourage public participation.  No public photos will be used or sold for profit. Low resolution photos are sometimes posted on the Mackinac Straits Raptor Watch Facebook Page, Instagram Page or Websites.  Photos are sometimes included in press releases or print brochures.  By attending any MSRW event you are giving consent for your photo to be taken and acknowledging that your image may appear in a photo taken at that eventIf you do not wish for your image to appear in any public photo please inform us during check-in registration at the Fest or any other MSRW event.  In the case of minor children, MSRW Event Photographers will approach parents and ask for explicit written permission before taking a photo.

Weather Note

Dress for 20 to 30 degrees colder along the lake and be prepared for cold rain or snow. It is nearly always windy, so outer wind-proof layers, winter coats and boots, warm hats and scarves are recommended. Bring a lawn chair for comfort while watching, as well as binoculars, spotting scopes, or cameras.