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S.S. Badger: Lake Michigan Carferry

701 Maritime Dr, Ludington, MI 49431-2095
+1 800-841-4243
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Great travel experience.

I travel on the Badger whenever I am visiting Wisconsin from Michigan. The trip is pleasant and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Greg and Kim G
Travel at a slower pace!

Oh what fun! Many things to do and see. Friendly and engaging staff. The ship was clean and on... read more

Reviewed 4 March 2018
pnchaple
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Park Ridge, Illinois
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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 commercial trucks across Lake Michigan between Ludington, Michigan and Manitowoc, Wisconsin from mid-May through mid-October.
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good28%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“chicago traffic” (44 reviews)
“four hours” (45 reviews)
“movie theater” (36 reviews)
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701 Maritime Dr, Ludington, MI 49431-2095
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I travel on the Badger whenever I am visiting Wisconsin from Michigan. The trip is pleasant and relaxing and there are enough activities on the boat to keep you busy during the four hour crossing. I also frequently participate in the 4th of July Cruise...More

Thank Greg and Kim G
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

Oh what fun! Many things to do and see. Friendly and engaging staff. The ship was clean and on schedule.

Thank pnchaple
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Reviewed 7 February 2018

The SS Badger is the last remaining coal-fired ferry on the Great Lakes. It travels, twice a day, between Ludington, MI to Manitowoc, WI, across about 90 miles of open water. Originally, the ferry was built to take RR cars across the lake to avoid...More

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Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

Staff was kind and ship was clean. We enjoyed the entertainment until docking in Manitowoc for dinner.

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Reviewed 26 November 2017

My first trip on this was in 1970. Loved it then and the dozen or so other voyages since. It's not cheap but considering the time and miles you save NOT going around or through Chicago to me it's a bargain.

Thank Thomas B
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Reviewed 25 October 2017

I had the pleasure of taking this trip years ago with my mother when she was still alive. She told me of the time when this was the way to travel. It was nice to learn something so treasured from her on how this were...More

Thank Mary L
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Reviewed 22 October 2017

This was on my husbands bucket list and so late in September we accomplished his wish and actually did it on his birthday. We were headed East from Minnesota and always dread going around Chicago and this is a great way to avoid that problem....More

Thank MNGal66
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Reviewed 21 October 2017

This is our 4th trip on the Badger and we enjoy it every time. We like being able to avoid that Chicago traffic by going across the lake. This time we were checked in at the front gate with an employee with a tablet (we...More

2  Thank Kathy L
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Reviewed 19 October 2017

This is such a simple way to travel! It begins with driving your car to the port, checking in and leaving your car to be loaded. You check in again on the ramp and board the ship. Now you have 5 hours of leisure. You...More

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Reviewed 17 October 2017

My husband and I looked forward to this trip for a year! We had driven around the lake the previous year, and hadn't known there were ferries that went across the lake. This was everything we expected; and we were so excited to be travelling...More

2  Thank Bonnie H
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JohnandRita W
16 April 2018|
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Response from Mary L | Reviewed this property |
It has been quite a few years since I was there, but there are a couple of rental places near the dock. I did a google search and found 3 places within a block or so. Good luck with your search and enjoy the trip.
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renob88
18 October 2017|
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Response from Rendell W | Reviewed this property |
Yes, outside on deck.
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Patchfield0624
10 October 2017|
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Response from Mar L | Reviewed this property |
When we traveled in the summer, it got so hot in the car that my deodorant melted. Just be sure the temperature is safe for your cats to stay in the car.
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