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S.S. Badger: Lake Michigan Carferry

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Address: 701 Maritime Drive, Ludington, MI 49431
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The S.S. Badger is the largest car ferry to ever sail Lake Michigan and has...

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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Relaxing trip to Wisconsin

A very calm, morning, float across Lake Michigan. Relaxed on the deck with a good cup of coffee and and a book. Return trip was cooler but the lower levels offers many amenities... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 20, 2016
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Traverse City, Michigan, United States
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Traverse City, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

A very calm, morning, float across Lake Michigan. Relaxed on the deck with a good cup of coffee and and a book. Return trip was cooler but the lower levels offers many amenities to fill your time.

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Helenville
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

It had been several years since I sailed on the S.S. Badger, so I thought it was time to ride across Lake Michigan once again. It was so much fun. Everyone was friendly, and that includes the people that check your bags etc before you get on board. There are plenty things to do while riding across the lake. It... More 

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Enderby, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I decided to cut off a little driving time on our trip from British Columbia to Ontario via The States. We had made the trip around Lake Michigan several times so this time we took the SS Badger across. It was a pleasant trip offering a couple of free movies and bingo, an arcade, kids room, etc.... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

This is our second trip on the S.S. Badger on our way to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. The ride was smooth and uneventful - which is the way you want it!! An all time favorite is to play Badger Bingo - the crew is very entertaining! Also, had the chance to catch a movie and eat popcorn!!

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Door County, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip on the SS Badger across the lake. We made one trip around the boat then went inside as it was colder than all get out!! We enjoyed playing Bingo and had lunch offerings from the cafeteria. Nothing fancy. We would have enjoyed going to the buffet upstairs but we were having too much fun playing... More 

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Thank Marty S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016 via mobile

Great trip on a very historic ship. Be sure to play Badger bingo it's a ton of fun. The staff is very friendly and courteous.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2016 via mobile

Loved the bingo and fun they set up for passengers! Participate it makes it go faster. Drinks were good food was not.

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Spring Lake, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

Took the ferry across to Ludington. Very nostalgic and interesting. Boat looks the same as it has for the last fifty years. Don't expect a fancy cruise ship. Highly recommended.

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White Lake, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

We were heading back to Michigan from a vacation to the Porcupine mountains and decided to come across lake Michigan instead of Mackinaw bridge. We got to see more sights and visit Lambeau field. The crossing was uneventful even though there was a forecast for higher waves. Played cards and watched part of the U of M ./ Wisconsin game.... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016

Taking the SS Badger makes going between WI and MI quick and easy. You check in, park the car (employees pull it on and off the ship. There are two dining areas, movies an arcade and Badger Bingo for entertainment.

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