The S.S. Badger Lake Michigan Car Ferry will make its 2024 Maiden Voyage from Ludington, Michigan to Manitowoc, officially kicking off the sailing season, on Friday, May 17th. The public is welcome to attend the celebratory event.

The 410-foot S.S. Badger will arrive in Manitowoc at noon and the community is invited to join hundreds in the festive welcome at the Car Ferry dock located at 900 S. Lakeview Drive. There will be special guests and entertainment, including alpacas from LondonDairy Alpacas. Event attendees will receive free S.S. Badger cups while supplies last.

The S.S. Badger will continue to operate daily from May 17th through October 6th. In addition to the sailings between Ludington and Manitowoc, there are three Manitowoc shoreline cruise dates scheduled along our lakefront – in the afternoon on Saturday June 15th, July 20th and August 17th. For more information, schedules and to purchase tickets, visit