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S.S. Badger: Lake Michigan Carferry

Address: 701 Maritime Drive, Ludington, MI 49431
Phone Number: 1-800-841-4243
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Ranked #6 of 11 Attractions in Ludington
Type: Educational Sites, Ferries/ Boats, Public Transportation Systems, Outdoors
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Owner description: 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.

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Cedar Falls, Iowa
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

This is an experience everyone should have at least once, plus it saves all that driving through Chicago. We arrived at Manitowoc in mid October and things were well organized there. Sat in the main lounge - though we didn't participate in the Bingo, we should have because there was a great caller and it was lots of fun. I... More

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Kewaunee
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

One thing we always wanted to do was cross Lake Michigan on the car ferry. In fall we drove down to Manitowoc Wi. to do just that. The weather was windy and rough (4 - 5 foot waves) so were afraid it might be cancelled but it wasn't. I am Not a good sailor so was a little apprehensive. I... More

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Mukwonago, Wisconsin
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

While traveling aboard the SS Badger, it became apparent after they got out of the harbors, that the ship opened up a port, and began pumping coal ash effluent into the lake. I was really taken back also by the amount of coal ash-exhaust coming out of the stack. As we crossed from Manitowoc to Luddington, with the exhaust ahead... More

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Detroit, Michigan, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

While traveling from Metro Detroit area to Glacier National Park, we decided to take the ferry across Lake Michigan. The other options were driving through Chicago....no thank you, been there, done that, or drive through the Upper Penninsula. In an effort to get to our final destination rested and ready to do some hiking we opted to ferry going out... More

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Toronto, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Were ready to go in the morning to get on the ferry, had the car packed and coats on our backs at the hotel, when we got the call that the ferry was cancelled. While I have to assume that the cancellation was the fault of the weather and not the ferry, and I am glad for the call, the... More

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Charles Town, West Virginia
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99 reviews 99 reviews
28 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

The Badger isn't a luxury liner but it does provide a relaxing trip across the lake especially on a sunny day. We ate a few snacks on board and walked the deck for a while to get through the 4 hour ride. The phone stops working for a while so old fashion methods of entertaining one self comes into play.... More

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Ludington, Michigan
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Wish i would still be going at it's age. Staff is very helpful and friendly ya theres alota thing that are not perfect but that what makes it cool making it part of a road trip was awesome

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Two Rivers, Wisconsin, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

I taken 3 shoreline cruises on the Badger and all 3 were an excellent experience. In July 2013 my daughter and I took the Badger to Ludington for her graduation present. It was a fantastic trip. The only complaint was the weather was to hot to stay inside, but on a sunny day it was perfect to sit outside. October... More

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North Dakota
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37 reviews 37 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

We crossed on the Badger into Ludington. The crossing was ok. The steps are a bit treacherous. The food could use some help in a better selection and having staff available. The buffet that was suppose to close at 4:30 closed at 3:30. The state room that we paid for was worth the private bathroom. It was nice that there... More

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Salmon Arm, Canada
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53 reviews 53 reviews
20 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Let me start out by saying that over-all this is a pretty cool ride! Its a relic, but that is part of its charm. It took 4 hours to sail what it would take a LOT longer to drive (its 5 hours just to Chicago), however, from Mantowok, you have to drive on small highways that go through a bunch... More

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