S.S. Badger Carferry

In Manitowoc, you can experience Lake Michigan by taking a one-of-a-kind cruise across the waters aboard the S.S. Badger: Lake Michigan Carferry!

Sailing from mid-May to mid-October, the 410-foot S.S. Badger is one of the last coal-fired steam engine car ferries. In 2016, she became a National Historic Landmark. With daily sailings, there are so many opportunities to sail between Manitowoc and Ludington, Michigan. Each trip can hold up to 600 people and 150 cars! Three times a season, you can even sail up and down our coastline on a Shoreline Cruise. Once you step aboard, you, too, will be shouting, “Big Ship, More Fun!” Passengers on board can enjoy food and drinks, a movie theater, museum, "boatique," indoor and outdoor seating and Badger Bingo - a favorite activity of many aboard! Even if you don’t set foot on the ship, you’ll hear her horn announcing her arrival and departure every day during the sailing season.

The S.S. Badger is currently booking reservations for crossings beginning Friday, May 17, 2024. The 2024 season will run daily through October 6th. Night crossings will begin June 6th and continue Thursday-Sunday evenings through Labor Day weekend. 

Shoreline Cruise dates in Manitowoc are set for Saturday June 15, July 20 and August 17. 

To book your trip on the S.S. Badger, visit their website.