A stairlift to transport wheelchairs and passengers needing assistance is available when boarding and disembarking. Wheelchair lift has a maximum 450 pound capacity. Passengers with motorized wheelchairs may have to ride the lift separately from their chairs. A handicap-accessible restroom is also available; movie lounge and Badger Boatique are wheelchair accessible from the port side passageway.
Animals may be transported in the owner's vehicle or kept in a well-ventilated portable kennel on the car deck. A limited number of kennels are available free of charge on a first-come, first served basis. Owners may also bring their own kennels. (If animals are left in vehicle, windshield sunscreens are strongly recommended during warm weather.) No pets of any kind are allowed in any passenger areas, and pets are not accessible during the cruise. Service dogs trained to work or perform tasks for a passenger with a disability may accompany that individual.
Due to security restrictions vehicles are not accessible during the cruise. Please remove any personal items needed before you leave your vehicle. Vehicles will be loaded and unloaded for you by LMC personnel (motorcyclists will handle their own motorcycle).
Weather & Reliability
The S.S. Badger was built for year 'round conditions on Lake Michigan, and sails in almost all types of weather encountered during her five-month season. Every effort is made to sail on schedule and cancellations are rare; however, we are not responsible for inconveniences resulting from delays or cancelled sailings.
Alcoholic beverages may not be brought aboard the ship. Full bar service is available aboard the S.S. Badger.
No carryon coolers of any size are permitted onboard. You may bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages. (Coolers must be left on the car deck, in a vehicle or in the luggage cart.)
The Badger's large size and weight minimizes motion discomfort; however, if motion sickness is a concern, please consider a non-prescription remedy taken prior to boarding. A limited number of acupressure and electronic sea bands are available from the Cruise Director's Office (deposit required). Over-the-counter medications are available in the Badger Boatique gift shop and in ticket offices.
Lake Michigan Carferry reserves the right to inspect all vehicles, luggage and carry-on items. Ticket offices, parking lots, staging areas, and the S.S. Badger are monitored 24 hours a day by surveillance cameras or security personnel. (LMC is not responsible for damage to vehicles left in parking lot.)
Things To Do
The S.S. Badger offers spacious outside decks for walking or lounging, buffet-style restaurant, deli-style snack bar, free movies in the movie lounge, satellite television, live entertainment, video arcade, KidsPort playroom, gift shop, quiet area/museum, private staterooms, aft end lounge and upper deck lounge with plenty of room to spread out and relax. Click here to see photos of the amenities onboard the ship.