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S.S. Badger: Lake Michigan Carferry

701 Maritime Dr, Ludington, MI 49431-2095
+1 800-841-4243
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Great Ride, Save the Stress

The first thing we thought about after getting to WI, was that we skipped the traffic jam and mess... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Douglas D
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Fremont, Michigan
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Great experience

We weren’t sure we would make the ferry in time. I called and they told me to come on and they... read more

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Jessie M
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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.
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good28%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“chicago traffic” (45 reviews)
“lake michigan” (229 reviews)
“four hours” (46 reviews)
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701 Maritime Dr, Ludington, MI 49431-2095
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+1 800-841-4243
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The first thing we thought about after getting to WI, was that we skipped the traffic jam and mess around Chicago. Check in and loading was quick and easy. Pleasant surprise was the restaurant on board didn't stiff you with high prices like airports. Smooth...More

Thank Douglas D
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We weren’t sure we would make the ferry in time. I called and they told me to come on and they would get us on if they could. From the phone call to the very end everyone we came into contact with was awesome. It...More

Thank Jessie M
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Reviewed yesterday

This is a great way to experience travel from MI to WI without the traffic in a historic environment. Recently designated a National Historic Landmark, this car ferry revels in its history but provides a first class experience in the 21st century. Though a little...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

I grew up visiting Ludington and watching the car-ferries come in and out, back in the days when their primary purpose was to transport railroad cars across the lake. This is the first time I've taken the Badger in 25 years, and it continues to...More

Thank Douglas V
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Here's the tradeoff: a steep price ($195 for one car with two seniors) to avoid the grief and aggravation of reaching the upper Midwest by enduring the drive through/in/around Chicago. It's a four-hour trip, they offer some diversions (bingo, games, etc.) and adult beverages, but...More

Thank Charlie P
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We decided to take the ferry to avoid the Chicago traffic. We’re glad we did. The ride was enjoyable and just as advertised. The staff was friendly and helpful. I felt like they were making an extra effort to welcome us on board. The ship...More

1  Thank Dave L
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is probably our 6th time crossing Lake Michigan on the SS Badger and we enjoy every minute. We always board in Ludington about 8a and head to the bar to make a Bloody Mary!! The staff aboard are exceptional. In busy season, get there...More

1  Thank matildamay16
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was really looking forward to this adventure, as I love being on the water. Unfortunately, the cold rainy weather pretty much spoiled it for me. In better weather and maybe with friends this could have been fun, but my experience was it was pretty...More

Thank Betsy M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was one of the key stop on our trip that I had planned for and it all turned out to be a great adventure. It was a four-hour long trip boat ride across Lake Michigan from Ludington, Michigan to Manitowoc, Wisconsin. I had never...More

Thank mherzberg
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took this ferry, with our car from Ludington to Manitowoc. The water was about as smooth as Lake Michigan can be. We were ahead of the season, so it wasn't very busy. Plenty of comfortable places to sit - read, watch movies, play games...More

1  Thank Don D
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Michelleykam
June 19, 2018|
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Response from corinneljohnson | Reviewed this property |
No pets of any kind are allowed in the passenger area. You may leave your pet in your car or use the kennel.
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jssarge2418
June 3, 2018|
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Response from pnchaple | Reviewed this property |
Simply go to the lake Michigan car ferry website.You’ll find all of the pricing information there. Bon voyage!
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JohnandRita W
April 15, 2018|
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Response from Mary L | Reviewed this property |
It has been quite a few years since I was there, but there are a couple of rental places near the dock. I did a google search and found 3 places within a block or so. Good luck with your search and enjoy the trip.
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