Ride on the S.S. Badger Carferry From Manitowoc, Wisconsin to Michigan

Experience Amazing! This Big Cruise Ship Offers Great Travel Fun!

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.

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Cruise Ship Amenities on Manitowoc's S.S. Badger Carferry

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, 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.


Visit Manitowoc - the Wisconsin Port of the Lake Michigan Carferry

Manitowoc is a community of roughly 35,000 and rich in maritime history and is the lone Wisconsin port for the S.S. Badger carferry. Manitowoc was ranked #2 by Forbes Magazine for "Best Small Cities to Raise a Family." 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 their Calendar of Events for an overview of annual festivals.

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Daily Cruises Across Lake Michigan

The 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.

Crossing time from Manitowoc to Ludington is 4 hours.

2015 Sailing Times for the S.S. Badger Carferry.

Spring (May 15-June 11, 2015)
Leave Ludington 8:45am (ET)
Arrive Manitowoc 11:45am (CT)
Leave Manitowoc 2pm (CT)
Arrive Ludington 7pm (ET)

Summer (June 12-September 13, 2015)
Leave Ludington 8:45am (ET)
Arrive Manitowoc 11:45am (CT)
Leave Manitowoc 2pm (CT)
Arrive Ludington 7pm (ET)
Leave Ludington 8:30pm (ET)
Arrive Manitowoc 11:30pm (CT)
Leave Manitowc 1am (CT)
Arrive Ludington 6am (ET)

Fall (September 14-October 11, 2015)
Leave Ludington 8:45am (ET)
Arrive Manitowoc 11:45am (CT)
Leave Manitowoc 2pm (CT)
Arrive Ludington 7pm (ET)

(Please note: there will be no 8:30pm trip on July 4. No 1am trip on July 5.)

Special Shoreline Cruises

The shoreline cruises are very popular and tend to sell out far in advance, so make your reservations early. Five shoreline cruises will take place in 2015:
  • May 30-Manitowoc Community Appreciation Shoreline Cruise
  • June 6-Ludington Pirates of the Caribbean Shoreline Cruise
  • July 4-Fourth of July Shoreline Cruise (Ludington)
  • September 5-Manitowoc Kite-Fest Shoreline Cruise
  • September 6-Ludington Labor Day "Go Green, Go Blue" Shoreline Cruise

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: 08-18-2015 02:54 PM ID: 1389