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Early on the morning of July 21st, 2023, the Badger experienced a mechanical failure of its ramping system that has resulted in the cancellation of the rest of the 2023 sailing season. Reservation teams are in the process of issuing full refunds for ticketed passengers. For more information, please visit www.ssbadger.com
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 Manitowoc, Wisconsin and Ludington, Michigan 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. Congratulations to the S.S. Badger on its status as a National Historic Landmark! Click here to read more about the history of this great ship.
Enjoy Cruise Ship AmenitiesPassengers 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, Michigan.
A trip on the S.S. Badger carferry is a vacation within itself! No matter which way you are crossing the Lake Michigan there are restaurants and shops within walking distance of the dock. Remember when you're on board the Badger, there's plenty to keep you busy, and staterooms are available. Many lodging facilities in both Manitowoc and Ludington 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.
Visiting Port Manitowoc, WisconsinManitowoc is favorite harbor town along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Home to roughly 35,000 people, Manitowoc was ranked #2 by Forbes Magazine for "Best Small Cities to Raise a Family." Manitowoc is not only rich in maritime history, the city is also the lone Wisconsin port for the S.S. Badger carferry. The downtown area is within walking distance of the carferry port where you can shop, catch a movie or dine in one of the local restaurants. Enjoy a leisurely bike ride or hike on the Mariner's Trail, a seven mile trail that runs along Lake Michigan. There are numerous other things to do in and around the Manitowoc area. Check out the Calendar of Events for an overview of Manitowoc's most popular annual festivals.
Visiting Port Ludington, MichiganLudington 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.
Daily Cruises Across Lake MichiganThe S.S. Badger carferry travels across Lake Michigan between Manitowoc, Wisconsin and Ludington, Michigan once daily during the spring and fall seasons. Once summer is underway, the Badger makes two round-trip crossings daily.
During the overnight crossing, passengers can enjoy sleeping in a stateroom aboard the ship. Staterooms are available by reservation during each sailing. The number of staterooms is limited, so reserve early.
Read about the Shoreline Cruises that take place each summer in both Manitowoc and Ludington.
2021 Sailing Times for the S.S. Badger Carferry.
Crossing time from Manitowoc to Ludington is 4 hours.
May 20-October 10
Leave Ludington 9am (ET)
Arrive Manitowoc 12pm (CT)
Leave Manitowoc 2pm (CT)*
Arrive Ludington 7pm (ET)
Special Shoreline CruisesThe shoreline cruises are very popular and tend to sell out far in advance, so make your reservations early. Five shoreline cruises took place in 2020. Information on 2021 cruises will be posted as it becomes available.
Contact Lake Michigan Carferry
Ludington: 701 Maritime Drive, Ludington, Michigan 49431
Manitowoc: 900 South Lakeview Drive, Manitowoc, Wisconsin 54220