Photo by Todd & Brad Reed Photography 

The S.S. Badger Carferry

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.

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.

The S.S. Badger’s home port is in Ludington, Michigan, at about the halfway point between the northern and southern tips of Lake Michigan. Ludington is a top vacation destination in Michigan due to the miles of beautiful beaches, first class fishing, and the Ludington State Park.

Ludington 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

If you don’t have the need to cross Lake Michigan, but still want to experience a cruise aboard the S.S. Badger, start small and take a Shoreline Cruise! Seven of these fun excursions are planned for the summer of 2023 for both Ludington and Manitowoc, each one lasting two hours. It’s time to join in the festivities and celebrate this grand ship. 

Experience More Ludington

Ludington North Breakwater Light

Ludington’s North Breakwater Light is the number one lighthouse to see in Michigan! Take a trip along the breakwater path to see it up close!

Ludington State Park

One of the most popular state parks in the Midwest offers a vacation within itself. Enjoy beautiful natural resources and endless activities.

Big Sable Point Lighthouse

112-feet of lighthouse awaits you at the Ludington State Park! Take a tour and follow the winding staircase to the top!