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SS Badger Ferry

Lake Michigan Ferry Between Ludington & Manitowoc

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Take a Historic Shortcut Across Lake Michigan on the S.S. Badger

The S.S. Badger is the last coal-fired passenger steamship in operation in the United States. She has provided a fun, reliable and affordable shortcut across beautiful Lake Michigan for more than 70 years and has transported millions of passengers since her re-birth in 1992.

Her unique, bold character takes you back to a period of time when things were simpler —offering valuable time to slow down, relax and reconnect with those you love. She is the continuation of a unique and vital maritime tradition, and we celebrate that heritage on board in fun ways that educates and entertains.

Her mission has changed from the days of carrying railroad cars 365 days a year, but the Badger’s role in the hearts of the areas she serves has not. Book your Lake Michigan ferry tickets online today!

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The S.S. Badger has Thousands of 5-Star Reviews!

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“Helpful, informative crew”

Interesting way to cross the lake on a historic ferry. Better than dealing with Chicago traffic and a relaxing ride with a helpful, informative crew. Check out the railroad tracks embedded in the lower deck floor from its prior service.

– Eric E. • Google
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“Great new adventure!”

Great new adventure! It was wonderful to watch our car be loaded on the ship! We enjoyed going to the top level to see the lake as we left the dock & when we arrived @ Ludington, MI. We played bingo & liked the fun caller.

– Cathy S. • TripAdvisor
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“Felt like a mini cruise!”

All the staff is so friendly and willing to chat with you, answer all your questions. So many different areas to hang out and activities to do while you make your way across Lake Michigan. Felt like a mini cruise! And definitely made the ride home more enjoyable. What a great experience, for all ages!

– Jacinda H. • Google
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“Worth every penny”

This was my third trip on the Badger and I really loved it. Staff and crew are super efficient and helpful. Totally worth every penny. Be sure to check out the history and view the film about the ship. The anchor drop to whip the ship around is epic.

– Darlene D. • TripAdvisor
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“Something for everyone”

We love taking the SS Badger at the end of our vacation. It's a great trip and Lake Michigan is beautiful! It's fun to watch the cars, mobile homes and motorcycles load onto the ship. A great experience with something for everyone.

– Mary O. • Google
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"Fun for all ages!"

We took a round trip on the Badger and it was a wonderful experience! We had traveled one way before, but it was fun to do a round trip. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable! It's a great, relaxing boat ride across the mighty Lake. The Badger is fun for all ages! Highly recommend!

– LaVonne B. • TripAdvisor

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