Passenger Experience

Life's fast enough...slow down, relax and reconnect. We'll do the driving!

Since the S.S. Badger's maiden voyage in 1953 she has created memories for millions of travelers.
The S.S. Badger is the largest carferry ever to sail Lake Michigan, providing a fun, reliable
and affordable shortcut across the huge inland sea for more than sixty years.


Slow down...relax, and reconnect

The S.S. Badger offers one-of-a-kind historical significance for the passengers she serves. She is the continuation of a vital maritime tradition, and we proudly celebrate that heritage on board the ship by including it in ways that both educate and entertain our passengers.

Badger passengers will enjoy traditional favorites including free Badger Bingo, free movies and satellite television, lounge areas, a children's play area, an onboard gift shop, an arcade, private staterooms, two separate food service areas, and expansive outside decks for lounging or walking.

Whether you're looking for a one-of-a-kind vacation adventure or you're just avoiding a long drive around the lake, our friendly crew will make your voyage memorable and special!


Historic Designations

1996 - The Badger's propulsion system designated a mechanical engineering landmark by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

1997 - The Badger officially named a registered Wisconsin historic site by the Wisconsin Historical Commission.

1997 - Lake Michigan Carferry designated a Michigan Centennial Business by the Historical Society of Michigan.

2002 - The Badger was named Ship of the Year by the Steamship Historical Society of America.

2009 - The Badger was placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of the Interior.