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Lake Express

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Address: 2330 S Lincoln Memorial Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53207-1055
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4:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Lake Michigan's only high speed car-passenger ferry. Offering convenient...

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 hours you save when you take the Lake Michigan ferry shortcut offered by Lake Michigan's fast ferry, the Lake Express.

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a Quick Way To Get Across The Lake

I have taken the Lake Express several times and have been it an efficient way to shave some time off a trip to western Michigan. My only caution would be that some times the boat... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed November 2, 2016
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the motorcycles on the ferry and had a drink and enjoyed the boat ride. We were in Muskegan in no time. Smooth sailing for us, but not always the case.

Thank FastGirl39
Hartland, Wisconsin
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2017

I'm batting 1000 for cancelled legs of round trips on this service, even though I specifically planned my second trip after consulting the weather. They're just like the airlines, if the boat is not full they try to find a reason to cancel, as they did with me on a Saturday in the fall with what seemed to be mild... More 

Thank mdh612016
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016

Love when I went to Michigan in the Lake Express. Its motion is very smooth. The weather outside was not the best (it was windy) and I could not feel anything wrong inside. It is really a relaxing experience. But, it is expensive, but worth it!

Thank ana20002015
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2016

We were looking for a shortcut to Michigan so that we did not have to travel thru the Chicago traffic. The Lake Express Ferry traveled from Milwaukee, WI to Muskegon, MI. It was about a 2 1/2 hour trip. When we got in line for the ferry, we were asked if we get seasick. Then we were told the waves... More 

Thank KeepTheMotorRunning
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

I have taken the Lake Express several times and have been it an efficient way to shave some time off a trip to western Michigan. My only caution would be that some times the boat doesn't sail due to inclement weather or mechanical problems. We had that happen on two occasions. We really appreciate getting a free ticket for donating... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

We had a wonderful cruise this summer on the Lake Express. They are very punctual, and provide great service. I've been four times and aways sit in the VIP area where they provide a wait staff, have a separate bathroom, and have a separate look out area right outside the sitting area. It's not inexpensive, but worth doing at least... More 

Thank Barbara K
West Allis, Wisconsin
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

Our group went to Michigan for a wedding. Very fun, relaxing and easy way to travel with both children and elderly people. They do a great job accommodating everyone, you just need to ask! Headphones and movies for the children, wheelchair and elevators for elderly. My only advice is to make sure the waves (not necessarily the weather) is good... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

You have a choice in getting from one side of Lake Michigan to the other. You can drive through Chicago (make sure your will is up to date) or you can take the high speed ferry. 2.5 hours of driving terror or 2.5 hours of a very nice boat ride. With cocktails. And bathrooms. And wifi.. Hey, it's your choice.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

Nice way to avoid Chicago traffic, tolls, construction. I had an 8 week puppy that I wanted to minimize travel stress on. I got to read, snack, enjoy a movie while he snoozed in the spacious, well padded & well-attended kennel.

Thank jestar
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016 via mobile

The trip was very fast. The Express is clean and spacious. We couldn't go outside or see much because of rain. Only complaint.. VERY cold because air conditioning was on. No sure why!!

Thank Leanne L

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