SS Badger Blog

The BADGER safely transports thousands of passengers, cargo and much more across Lake Michigan every season. Per US Coast Guard regulations, all maritime vessels are required to be inspected every five years to make sure they are in good shape.
Want a taste of the S.S. Badger without the four-hour crossing? A shoreline “mini” cruise may be just the ticket.
The SS BADGER has been a Legacy on the Lake Since 1953 – let us help you create your family memories today! Plan your road trip, family reunion, group trip, work retreat, or more onboard the BADGER. Considering taking a Loop Tour around Lake Michigan like the Benesh Family did via the SS BADGER.
The SS BADGER has helped connect passengers for almost 70 years for a variety of reasons. For the first time in history, she has connected the greater Ludington and Manitowoc communities for inaugural displays of sportsmanship.
We are proud to call Ludington our home port since 1953. A beautiful town on the shores of Lake Michigan, Ludington is the perfect destination. Beautiful beaches, dining, shopping, fun places to stay, outdoor activities, and much more! Something for everyone and fun for the entire family.
If you are looking for a nice getaway in a quaint coastal town, look no further than Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Walking along 8th and 10th Streets and beyond, you will find multiple fun and unique stores, restaurants, cafes, and everything in between. With so much to see and do, Manitowoc is a destination worth visiting.
The SS BADGER has been a Legacy on the Lake Since 1953. Her Legacy includes a rich maritime presence on Lake Michigan but also includes a wonderful Legacy of those who have served aboard her. One of the many Legacies being that of Captain Bruce Masse, who served from 1955 to 2000. From Dishwasher to Captain, his Legacy still remains aboard the SS BADGER, four generations later.
When you ride the SS BADGER, there is something for everyone. When you come on board you take a step back in time, while enjoying some modern amenities. One of the most popular activities to do onboard is to play a game of Famous Badger Bingo! With a four-hour trip across the Lake, you’ll have plenty of time to play a game, or two, or all.
The BADGER has a talented and dedicated crew that takes care of her and the many great passengers she services each year. One very important part of our crew is our security K9 teams! When people and cargo get on the boat, they will be greeted by Dara and Mika and their handlers Dean and Tony.
The S.S. Badger is the perfect way to explore fall! Enjoy the autumn sights in the shoreline towns of Ludington and Manitowoc, or turn your trip into a longer excursion. Either way, fall’s natural display plus seasonal events abound.
Sailing aboard the S.S. Badger isn’t just about convenience — it can help you create a memorable Lake Michigan loop tour vacation.
For 22 years, Senior Chief Engineer Chuck Cart has been tethered to the S.S. Badger 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. And he wouldn't have it any other way.