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“Round Trip Horrors”
Review of Lake Express

Lake Express
Ranked #25 of 182 things to do in Milwaukee
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase
Reviewed July 30, 2013

July 26 - 6 foot waves - how was i suppose to know that this would be an issue? I think Lake Express should give EVERYONE a dramamine prior to boarding at their expense. Build it into the price of the ticket. Can't imagine it would be more expensive than the clean up. This voyage was the must unreal experience. After the first hour of misery, i could have cared less if the boat capsized. The nauseau, vomitting and cold sweats were nothing i've ever experienced. I was immobilized by the experience. Everyone on board was in the same boat (ha ha, not so much). God help you if you have kids with you. It's enough to take care of yourself.

RETURN TRIP: 2 days later - CANCELLED due to mechanical issues for the entire day (probably still cleaning the boat 2 days later). Stranded in Milwaukee without a car.

MY ADVICE: Don't prebook. ONLY travel if there aren't wave warnings. Make sure you take your car. Bring dramamine. A change of clothes. A towel to protect the clothes you're wearing. A blanket to cover you, the cold sweats are drenching and cold.

7  Thank Daisy M
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Reviewed July 24, 2013 via mobile

Thought it would be nice to avoid some driving and enjoy the lake during a trip from Michigan to Milwaukee. Unfortunately we had rough weather so were unable walk around and take advantage of being on the lake. The ferry also departed later than scheduled so we were later than expected arriving. Think we would have enjoyed it on a better day. Check the weather and have a plan B. they do serve food and the boat is comfortable. Might try it again sometime if I am not in a hurry and the weather is nice.

2  Thank Camatisse
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

The reviews of this ferry are quite unfair. It is a great trip, ferry is fast, and it sure beats the drive. Views of Milwaukee were outstanding. Well run, good food. Can't beat a boat ride.

3  Thank Joanne S
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

My family & I used the Lake Express ferry for a one-way trip from Milwaukee to Muskeegon, Michigan on a family road trip. We had 2 adults & three children + our vehicle. Online reservations were easy, the location of the Milwaukee terminal is easy to find not far from downtown Milwaukee, and the boarding process was very well explained. There was seating with tables on the ferry, and other seating without tables. We were able to use a set of seats where we could also park our stroller which made it much easier for our traveling family. The trip was quite easy, perfect weather for the sun deck for part of the trip which gave our young kids something exciting to do. The food was surprisingly good and not over-priced when considering where you are (on a ship crossing a huge lake with no other option)...I would recommend eating on the ship, although you could just as easily bring your own cooler with food I assume. I don't remember seeing any prohibition to that, although I may be wrong about that. The ship was clean and comfortable. I would take this trip again.

1  Thank NewfiePupLover
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

Great start to a fantastic cycle trip "around the lake" up the coast on Michigan side, Macinaw island, Escanaba, Greenbay! Ferry was Quick and great experience, doing annual trip now!!

3  Thank Mark R
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