S.S. Badger: Lake Michigan Carferry, Ludington

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Sail across Lake Michigan on S.S. Badger: Lake Michigan Carferry, which claims to be the only remaining coal-fired steamship in operation in the United States. The ferry has been in daily service since 1953 and is the largest car ferry to ever cross the lake. The leisurely four-hour trip takes you 96.6 km (60 miles) from Ludington, Michigan, to Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and services cars, motorcycles, bicycles, tour buses, and commercial trucks. On board the ferry you'll have access to a dining area, snack bar, multiple lounges, arcade room, children's playroom, gift shop, and free movie lounge. Because the ship is decades old and without modern stabilizers, seasickness can be common, so come prepared with medicine if you're prone to motion sickness. Plan a Ludington trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
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  • What a nice way to cross the lake and spend some downtime. The crew are all professional however I need to give a shout out to a few that stood out... Tanya is the deckhand that keeps the ship... 
    What a nice way to cross the lake and spend some downtime. The crew are all professional however I need to give a shout out to a few that stood out... Tanya is the deckhand that keeps the ship...  more »
  • We had driven from south east Michigan to the Upper Peninsula then into Wisconsin. Rather than return the same way or deal with Chicago traffic, we decided to take the ferry from Manitowac, Wisconsin....  more
    We had driven from south east Michigan to the Upper Peninsula then into Wisconsin. Rather than return the same way or deal with Chicago traffic, we decided to take the ferry from Manitowac, Wisconsin....  more »
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  • The SS Badger makes traveling easy. Accommodating crew, plenty of amenities, and no construction zones. We just completed a round trip that put us into the relaxed mode for the entire ride. Such a great way to see the beautiful state of Michigan. I highly recommend this last of it's kind Ferry for a multitude of wonderful reasons. Kudos to all involved.
  • What a great way to travel & cut car mileage. Fascinating to think of the history of this ship, from train car carrier to car/passenger carrier & the last of its kind. I marvel at the ship's size & amazed by the efficiency & skill of the staff parking vehicles in the hold. Sit on the upper deck & enjoy the view, explore a bit, enjoy the wind in your hair. I've taken the Badger twice & plan on riding it more. It deserves more than 5 stars, it's wonderful.

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