Be a part of A Legacy on the Lake … The S.S. Badger is the last coal-fired passenger steamship in operation in the United States. She has provided a fun, reliable and affordable shortcut across beautiful Lake Michigan for more than 60 years and has transported millions of passengers since her re-birth in 1992. In 2016 she received the nation’s highest historic honor when the Department of Interior officially designated the Badger as a National Historic Landmark. 

The 410-foot S.S. BADGER sails between Ludington, Michigan, and Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and can accommodate 600 passengers and 180 vehicles per crossing, including up to six motorcoaches. Originally designed primarily to transport railroad cars, this grand ship and the people who serve her have successfully adapted to the changing world since she first entered service in 1953.

Her unique and bold character takes you back to a period of time when things were simpler — offering valuable time to slow down, relax … and reconnect with those you love. She is the continuation of a unique and vital maritime tradition, and we celebrate that heritage on board in fun ways that educate and entertain.

The Badger’s commitment to a funexperience offers traditional favorites including free Badger Bingo, free movies and satellite television, lounge areas, a toddler play area; free Wi-Fi, onboard gift shop, an arcade, private staterooms, two separate food service areas, two bars and sprawling outside decks for lounging or walking. Perhaps a night crossing is more fitting for your style with spectacular sunsets and sparkling constellations for stargazers — making the Badger experience extra special.

The Badger experience allows a rare opportunity to explore a little history — and a lot of fun by taking a step back into the past on a journey that’s as important as the destination! Slow down, relax and reconnect on the Big Ship, More Fun!

From mid-May to mid-October the Badger sails daily between Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and Ludington, Michigan.

For additional information, call 800-841-4243 or visit