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S.S. Badger: Lake Michigan Carferry

701 Maritime Drive, Ludington, MI 49431
+1 800-841-4243
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The best way to avoid Chicago traffic.

The 4 hour cruise went by like 2 hours . Even if you don't book a state room like we did not, there... read more

Reviewed yesterday
David S
Rochester, Minnesota
Big Ship, More Fun!!!

What an incredible old ship -- we made a round trip from Manitowoc to Ludington and back on the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Steve H
Denver, Colorado
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The S.S. Badger is the largest car ferry to ever sail Lake Michigan and has provided a safe, fun, and reliable shortcut across the inland sea for more than fifty years. The ferry takes passengers, autos, RVs, tour buses, motorcycles, bicycles, and commercial trucks across Lake Michigan between Ludington, Michigan and Manitowoc, Wisconsin from mid-May through mid-October.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good29%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“state rooms” (91 reviews)
“four hours” (43 reviews)
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701 Maritime Drive, Ludington, MI 49431
+1 800-841-4243
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Reviewed yesterday

The 4 hour cruise went by like 2 hours . Even if you don't book a state room like we did not, there are still comfortable places to sit. You can sit inside or out on 2 levels. Multiple places to eat and lots of...More

1  Thank David S
Reviewed 2 days ago

What an incredible old ship -- we made a round trip from Manitowoc to Ludington and back on the Badger and fell in love with this historic old ship. Besides being the perfect introduction to Great Lakes maritime history for us and our kids, the...More

Thank Steve H
Reviewed 2 days ago

You will be on the Badger for a long time and once a seat is occupied on the boat, most people hang on to them for dear life. Get your tickets ahead of time and get there by 1pm when they start boarding. My suggestion...More

Thank Mar L
Reviewed 4 days ago

First time traveling on this vessel. Ship was clean, staff very pleasant and full of knowledge about the vessel. Be sure to book the stateroom, on a full ship it allows a space for you to take a nap, just sit and relax and your...More

1  Thank willd122
Reviewed 5 days ago

We absolutely loved our recent experience on the SS Badger. We took the night ferry from Ludington, MI to Manitowoc, WI as the last night capping off a long road trip. It felt like we were departing on an ocean liner and we loved the...More

Thank pburnsblum
Reviewed 5 days ago

Safe and secure loading of vehicles by Badger staff. Everything ran on time, efficiently, and breakfast bar was great food. During the crossing, fun games were played with passengers in the lounge area. There are also a number of quiet areas, with TV or reading....More

Thank B D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Badger is the only coal fired steam ship left in North America. It is a car ferry that runs from Manitowoc Wisconsin to Ludington Michigan and back, 4 hours one way. It used to carry train cars but was renovated to carry cars and...More

Thank Boopnp
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A must do in your lifetime!! The entire experience was incredible from watching the crew load the cars and trucks to sailing across Lake Michigan. The ship is massive but once you're aboard it feels very cozy. They have a restaurant that serves breakfast and...More

Thank punky_one
Reviewed 1 week ago

$247.00 to transport two people, one car and lease a small state room. The state room was small but adequate with two small beds and a small bathroom. There are activities on the boat such as a shop, museum and bingo. You can also eat...More

1  Thank Steve D
Reviewed 1 week ago

The crew does a nice job of ensuring all their guests are happy as they travel. Boat and bathrooms appeared clean.

Thank Diane V
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Rita G
28 July 2017|
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Response from Stephanie K | Reviewed this property |
It docks at 7pm. I would say be at the park at 6:30pm and you can watch it come down the canal, turn around, and dock.
27 June 2017|
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Response from Pat M | Property representative |
We are very busy in July. If you are taking a car on your trip you definitely should have a reservation.
Sue D
17 June 2017|
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Response from lcar4000 | Reviewed this property |
We arrived at 7:45 am and were the first ones in line. They don't let passengers board until 8. The entire boarding procedure went quickly without glitches