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Lake Michigan Carferry Service - SS Badger

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701 Maritime Dr.
Ludington, MI 49431
United States
Regions: Northern Michigan
(231) 843-7222
(888) 227-2628
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Experience a Legacy on Lake Michigan. History is trending! Awaken your sense of adventure aboard the largest cross-lake passenger service on the Great Lakes - an authentic steamship experience.
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Shelby Soberalski
Director of Marketing and Sales
Treat your group to something really unique...Enjoy a relaxing 4-hour cruise aboard the SS BADGER between Ludington, MI and Manitowoc, WI and have your motorcoach sail with you. Live entertainment, spacious decks, food service, and much more.

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The SS 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 60 years and has transported millions of passengers since her re-birth in 1992.

The 410ft. SS BADGER can accommodate 600 passengers and 180 vehicles, including RVs, motorcycles, motor coaches, and commercial trucks during her sailing season.

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 educate and entertain. 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.

Enjoy a relaxing 4-hour cruise across Lake Michigan aboard the SS BADGER and choose between numerous amenities available.

- Famous Badger Bingo
- Shopping in the "Boatique"
- Staterooms
- Free Movies
- Indoor and Outdoor Lounging
- Kid's Activities
- Open Deck for Walking and Fresh Air
- Live Entertainment
- Board Games
- Museum
- Quiet Areas

The BADGER features dining and bar areas that feature items made with local Michigan and Wisconsin ingredients.

The Best store available on the Great Lakes! Our online store features only a sampling of some of the unique finds for our onboard gift shop.


A stairlift to transport wheelchairs and passengers needing assistance is available when boarding and disembarking. Wheelchair lift has a maximum 400-pound capacity. Passengers with motorized wheelchairs may have to ride the lift separately from their chairs. A handicap-accessible restroom is also available; the movie lounge and Badger Boatique are wheelchair accessible from the port side passageway.

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