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Lake Express

Open Now: 4:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Open today: 4:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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What a time saver!!!

A great way to relax and get to lower Michigan without the traffic and you'll save at least 5 hour... read more

Reviewed December 11, 2018
Racine, WI, United States
Easy peasy! We drove on, relaxed while crossing and drove off!

We skidded in ... last car to load. They helped us maneuver into our spot. We went up to a comfy... read more

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Lake Michigan's only high speed car-passenger ferry. Offering convenient 2-1/2 hour runs between Muskegon and Milwaukee. Visit our website for a full schedule of daily crossings and to book your trip. Cut hundreds of miles of driving and enjoy the...more
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2330 S Lincoln Memorial Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53207-1055
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We skidded in ... last car to load. They helped us maneuver into our spot. We went up to a comfy seat where food was available if desired. It was fun to meet others crossing the lake. They shared some interesting facts about the lake...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank pdpd10
Reviewed January 6, 2019

I love the Lake Express. It is a seamless and easy easy to get across the lake. The staff have the operation down, and make boarding and simple process whether you are traveling in your car on on foot. It’s definitely a luxury, as it...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed December 11, 2018

A great way to relax and get to lower Michigan without the traffic and you'll save at least 5 hour getting there. Coming back is the same.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank brucep656
Reviewed October 4, 2018

The ferry ride worked out great- motorcycles were free in September. It saved us many miles of driving- it was a very cold day- didn't have to drive thru Chicago- we were just able to relax!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank bikerrichfield
Reviewed September 22, 2018 via mobile

Wonderful way to save a day of driving! I needed to get to Grand Rapids from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and it worked perfect! The staff on board were helpful and polite. I took a premium fare and it was peaceful and the Internet was good.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Cicoe
Reviewed September 21, 2018

I took the first boat when they opened this boat, every year I have taken this boat just to see friends in Michigan ,A must thing to do.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed September 19, 2018

Never took a ferry before with a car. Everyone there was so helpful. We loved the ride - so quiet and smooth. We had a salad and a couple drinks and just relaxed in the comfy wide seats with lots of legroom. And oh yes,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 18, 2018

This is our second time to use this ferry. We took our car this time. The staff are extremely competent at both terminals, but Muskegon is easier to deal with when taking a car. The boarding process is very well coordinated. In Milwaukee, it is...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 17, 2018

We were wanting to break-up a 7.5 hour drive. The ferry really on cut 1/2 hour off our total travel time - BUT we were not sitting in crappy Chicago bumper-to-bumper traffic. It is E X P E N S I V E for what...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank BellesWorldTravel
Reviewed September 9, 2018

We were in Milwaukee for the Harley 115th anniversary We rode our motorcycles from mid Michigan through the UP and down to Milwaukee. We decided to take the ferry back home for the experience and to save some time on the ride home. It is...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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January 9, 2019|
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Response from David H | Reviewed this property |
If you're only going downtown I sugge6just take a taxi or Uber and save the cost of the car. If you are going places other than downtown, you can consider the breakeven point comparing taxi cost with the ferry cost for... More
August 22, 2018|
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Response from Hollyhawkskitchen | Reviewed this property |
I have no idea
May 3, 2018|
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Response from NDanger427 | Reviewed this property |
I've taken this ferry many times and I have never experienced a delay or cancellation. Having said that, the lake can be a little less predictable in October. I probably would not risk it.
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Michigan to Minneapolis (3 Replies)
We'll be travelling by Greyhound next May from Toronto to Minneapolis using the Lake Express Ferry to Wisconsin. We want to stop in Kalamazoo.I asked questions about that town on this forum 2 years ago but we didn't make it then! So any new idea about Kalamazoo would be most welcome. Then we intend going to Muskegon to get the ferry. We have plenty of time so would appreciate any ideas of places nearby or accessible by bus, that we shouldn't miss. We are 2 seniors,without a car and like...More
September 06, 2012|
Response fromsouixtraveler|
I do not know Kalamazoo very well but I know some people who tried to take the ferry last weekend and it was full. I would check into reserving your spot on the ferry you want so you do not get left behind. Good Luck!
Car hire (6 Replies)
We (4 adults from Australia) are arriving from Milwaukee to Muskegon on the ferry, and want to hire a car at the Lake Express terminal in Muskegon. Does anyone have any advice? We will be travelling to Washington Dc and then down to South Carolina.
June 17, 2018|
Response fromfrancis k|
Well, the timing of this was wierd. Due to personel concerns i was up all night watching the question appear, dissappear, reappear, dissappear, then reappear. Lol. Not sure why your taking the ferry versing renting a car from your arrival city and driving through Chicago unless....you just want to experience the big lake. Right at the docks area there is an Enterprise Rental Car Company but they are only open when the ferry arrives, which is what you need. The Muskegon Airport has four car...More
Rugby, United Kingdom
1 Day visit from West Yellowstone without a car. (7 Replies)
Hello, I am going to be based in West Yellowstone in early September for a planned 3 day visit to the Yellowstone region. I will be travelling solo, without renting a car. For the end of the trip I am intending a 1 day visit, to see the highlights of Grand Teton From what i have found so far, my best option is to use the Linx bus service running from the West Yellowstone visitor center down to Flagg Ranch. From there I am hoping to get at least as far as Colter Bay, or Jenny Lake if...More
January 21, 2012|
Response fromHemlin|
That's great D0bby. Thank you so much. A tour with Three Bear Lodge looks just right. You are right that information from SLC Express is thin on the ground. I have a feeling that any service they offer in Grand Teton may only run intermittently, if at all.