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S.S. Badger: Lake Michigan Carferry

Open today: 5:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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Great Way to Cross the Lake

Truly enjoyed our trip from Wi to MI on the Badger. Great staff, very comfortable vessel. Easy to... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Beaufort, North Carolina
A Wonderful Adventure!

My wife and I sailed on the "SS Badger" with our car across Lake Michigan this spring. It was a... read more

Reviewed November 8, 2018
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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...more
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701 Maritime Dr, Ludington, MI 49431-2095
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Reviewed yesterday

Truly enjoyed our trip from Wi to MI on the Badger. Great staff, very comfortable vessel. Easy to find a place to relax, nap, read or enjoy a quick lunch. Comfortable accommodations.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Dad58
Reviewed November 8, 2018

My wife and I sailed on the "SS Badger" with our car across Lake Michigan this spring. It was a truly wonderful experience to sail on this historic ship and enjoy a relaxing four hour mini-cruise across Lake Michigan. The crew was helpful and courteous,...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Douglas R
Reviewed October 15, 2018

It had been about 10-years since we last rode the S.S. Badger, so I was interested in seeing what was different and what was the same. A big change is the ticketless, online signup and email communications. This is much easier than the paper-tickets and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed October 7, 2018 via mobile

Everything from start to finish made this trip across Lake Michigan perfect. Car check in was a breeze. The breakfast buffet was reasonably priced and very good. The ship was clean and the restrooms exceptional. We played The Famous Badger Bingo and had so much...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank lgrable
Reviewed October 7, 2018

I took a fall motorcycle tour and needed to get to southern Michigan from Minnesota. To avoid interstates and the whole Chicago mess I tried the Lake Michigan ferries. The SS Badger was a step back in time. Nothing like a four hour voyage to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Paul C
Reviewed October 4, 2018

Took 2 days and rode to Milwaukee and took the SS Badger across Lake michigan to Ludington. Stay at the Summers INN in Ludington. Had dinner in town. Fantastic trip.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Kathy B
Reviewed October 3, 2018

Took the carferry from Manitowac, WI to Ludington, MI. Little spendy, however it was very interesting to do. Lots to do on board, cards, bingo, movies, TV and 2 small cafes.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Peter C
Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

Fun ride. Sorry it was foggy! Would like to do again in clear weather. Plenty of things for the whole family to do.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Carolcupid
Reviewed October 2, 2018

We were on a 10 day motorcycle trip, took the ferry from Michigan to Wisconsin to avoid the traffic in Chicago. We booked the trip ahead of time and staff were very helpful in telling us what to expect with loading and strapping down the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank msjvmaan
Reviewed October 2, 2018

Their mini-cruises (without your car) are a great getaway and reasonably priced (be sure to check if your hotel offers shuttle service to/from the dock). Nice variety of reasonably priced food. Great entertainment options include free Badger Bingo and a movie lounge, or just enjoy...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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August 11, 2018|
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Response from ShanOC | Reviewed this property |
I arrived an hour before we were to depart. Not only did they have RVs that they ferried across, the even had a semi and trailer! With my arrival one hour before departure, and four hours crossing Lake Michigan, and 40-45min... More
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Response from WendyHoltvluwer | Reviewed this property |
The website runs deals and discounts periodically.
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August 3, 2018|
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Response from GeoffL214 | Reviewed this property |
This ferry runs from Ludington to Manitowoc, WI (not to Milwaukee) Round trip: per adult is $110-130 (depending on time) Children (5-15) : $39-44 [kids under 5 are free] Seniors (65+) : $110-120 and vehicles vary, but start... More