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S.S. Badger: Lake Michigan Carferry

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Address: 701 Maritime Drive, Ludington, MI 49431
Phone Number: 1-800-841-4243
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Description: The S.S. Badger is the largest car ferry to ever sail Lake Michigan and...
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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Easy way to cross the Lake.

It was an ok trip. We took the red eye that departs the dock at Manitowoc at 1:00 am during summer hours. The ride across takes 4 hours. Quietest place to sleep is in the museum... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Oneida, Wisconsin
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Oneida, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

It was an ok trip. We took the red eye that departs the dock at Manitowoc at 1:00 am during summer hours. The ride across takes 4 hours. Quietest place to sleep is in the museum. You can get a cabin for the trip but its $45 or more and they wake you up 30 minutes prior to docking so... More 

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Traverse City
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Relaxing trip back to MI to end a two week motorcycle trip out west. Friendly and helpful staff makes reservations, check in and loading pleasant. The four hours goes by quickly.

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Durham, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

I was part of a Rail Travel Adventures tour group traveling from Manitowac , Wisconsin to Ludington Michigan on the Badger August 11. This 62 year old ship used to carry railway freight cars across Lake Michigan. She's in good shape for her age, but be advised the Badger is not a cruise ship and you should not expect cruise... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We have taken the Lake Michigan Carferry numerous times. It is always a relaxing way to get from Michigan to Wisconsin or vice versa. It doesn't really save us any time overall, but of course, you aren't driving for the 4 hours the trip across the lake takes. There are food and drinks available on board and on the daytime... More 

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Wellesley, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

A very pleasant way to travel across Lake Michigan!! We went from Ludington, MI to Manitowoc, WI in 4 hours. A spectacular 4 Hour ferry ride abroad a the S.S. Badger. Played bingo, relaxed on the deck chaises, and explored all the fun features of the boat. Would definitely recommend checking this out if you're traveling across Lake Michigan.

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dallas texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

This was a real experiences. Loading and unloading is something to watch---very efficient --It's interesting to read the signs and pictures on the walls and also the museum---Pleasant to sit on deck and enjoy the lake while drinking coffee or beer--makes sure to say on the side opposite the smoke or you might get some soot.

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015 via mobile

Well I can't say I will be doing this again anytime soon. The staff was very friendly and it was clean!! But both days was choppy water on the way back was worst. Not good sign when they are putting out puck pails. This is a good place to take avantage of to cut your driving time. Was a neat... More 

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Acester
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This boat was built in the 1950's, burns coal, and is fairly true to its original state - with certain up grades. As such a person going on this trip should not expect Carnival Cruise style comfort. The fun of the trip is the restored ship, experiencing some history, Lake Michigan, destination Ludington, and doing something new. Positives: Loading and... More 

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Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Although it's a kind of nice experience, the journey seemed to take forever. We sat On the upper deck in order to catch some some sun and enjoy a great view. At the beginning and end of the trip the view was scenic bu it was very cold and windy the whole trip. I wished we had brought blankets to... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We take the Badger every year when driving to Toronto from Minneapolis. Although it costs just over $200 for the one-way to Ludington, it sure beats either driving through Chicagoland or across the UP. By the time we account for time saved and fuel costs avoided, this is a good deal. The crossing is timely, the crew efficiently loads and... More 

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