History of the Lake Michigan Carferry, the S.S. Badger

The Lake Michigan Carferry, S.S. Badger, has a long history and is the last remaining example of the Great Lakes rail/car ferry design. It was built in 1951 in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, and was named for the University of Wisconsin’s mascot. The carferry has faced challenges due to the decline in railroad freight and government scrutiny, but remains strong yet today.

Helpful Hints When Traveling to Ludington on the S.S. Badger Carferry

The S.S. Badger, the largest carferry to sail the Great Lakes, is Ludington’s most famous symbol and a fun passenger ship to take across Lake Michigan. When you hear the unmistakable sound of the ship’s whistle, you know it’s time to watch the arrival or departure of this wonderful cruise ship. Here are some prime “viewing” places situated around Ludington.

Best Places in Ludington to Watch the S.S. Badger Carferry

The S.S. Badger, the largest carferry to sail the Great Lakes, is Ludington’s most famous symbol and a fun passenger ship to take across Lake Michigan. When you hear the unmistakable sound of the ship’s whistle, you know it’s time to watch the arrival or departure of this wonderful cruise ship. Here are some prime “viewing” places situated around Ludington.

Lake Michigan Carferry S.S. Badger in Ludington

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.