Cruise Across Lake Michigan on the S.S. Badger Carferry


Blending tradition with innovation, the S.S. Badger is the fun and relaxing shortcut across Lake Michigan--a spring, summer and fall treat for the entire family. The four-hour, 60-mile cruise between Ludington and Manitowoc, Wisconsin has all the comforts of home and more. The 410' S.S. Badger carries up to 620 passengers and 180 cars, tour buses, RVs, and semi-trucks.

Big Cruise Ship, More Travel Fun!

Passengers will find spacious outside decks for walking or lounging, free movies and satellite TV, live entertainment, two restaurants, full cocktail service, shopping and staterooms for relaxing or sleeping during the cruise. Activities for kids include a video arcade, coloring contests, and kids' playroom. During the fall, passengers can sleep on the Badger in a stateroom while the ship is at the dock in Ludington.

A trip on the S.S. Badger carferry is a vacation within itself! No matter which way you are crossing the lake there are restaurants and shops within walking distance of the dock. You can even set sail from Ludington in the morning, and sail back in the evening! Remember when you're on board the Badger, there's plenty to keep you busy, and staterooms are available. Many lodging facilities in both Ludington and Manitowoc offer free shuttle service to and from the carferry docks for those who choose to spend the night. It's a fun and very affordable mini-vacation for your entire family.

Carferry Port in Ludington, Michigan

Ludington is a top vacation destination in Michigan...due to the miles of beautiful beaches, first class fishing and the Ludington State Park. The S.S. Badger docks just a few short blocks from Ludington's vibrant downtown, filled with great shops, restaurants and galleries...or visit one of our historic lighthouses. Ludington has plenty of lodging facilities, from hotels/motels and resorts to charming bed & breakfasts. Any time of year, there's a fun event happening in the area, guaranteeing fun for the entire family.

2014 Sailing Times for the S.S. Badger Carferry


Spring & Fall (May 16-June 5 & September 3-October 26)
Leave Ludington 8:30am (ET)
Arrive Manitowoc 11:30am (CT)
Leave Manitowoc 2pm (CT)
Arrive Ludington 7pm (ET)

Summer (June 6-September 2)
Leave Ludington 8:30am (ET)
Arrive Manitowoc 11:30am (CT)
Leave Manitowoc 2pm (CT)
Arrive Ludington 7pm (ET)
Leave Ludington 8:30pm (ET)
Arrive Manitowoc 11:30pm (CT)
Leave Manitowc 1:15am (CT)
Arrive Ludington 6:15am (ET)

Shoreline Cruises
Three shoreline cruises will take place in 2014:

  • May 31-Manitowoc Shoreline Cruise
  • June 7-Ludington Shoreline Cruise
  • July 4-Fourth of July Shoreline Cruise (Ludington)

Crossing Time is 4 hours. No 8:30pm trip on July 4. No 12:30am trip on July 5.

Contact Lake Michigan Carferry

Ludington: 701 Maritime Drive, Ludington, Michigan 49431
Manitowoc: 900 South Lakeshore Drive, Manitowoc, Wisconsin 54220

(800) 841-4243

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Last Updated: 09-04-2014 10:56 AM ID: 235