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Starting to map out trip to CCR and not particularly interested in going near Chicago. Thinking about maybe taking the S. S. Badger from Ludington, MI to Manitowac, WI and on to Duluth and maybe the Lake Express High Speed Car Ferry from Milwaukee to Muskegon coming back, or visa versa. Anyone have any experience with either of these ferries? Open for other suggestions as well. Thanks.

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Ray,

The old ship S.S. Badger is awsome because it's an original and maybe the last steamship running on the great lakes. I am not sure of your time for travel, but if you have never run through the UP you will find it a treat.


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We tried enroute to Killington. Badger blew a piston coming in, was an hour late and they were going to repair the engine before they headed back east. Net delay was only an amazing four plus hours, if I recall, but we elected not to wait and suffered down and around the lake. But it would be kewl to do.
 

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The Badger is very cool at night on the deck. Watching the stars. I think it takes about 4-5 hours to cross. :)
 

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I tried to book the Muskegon to Milwaukee ferry about a month or so ago for two motorcycles (one with a trailer). It was booked solid. So book early.
 

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Arby60 said:
Starting to map out trip to CCR and not particularly interested in going near Chicago. Thinking about maybe taking the S. S. Badger from Ludington, MI to Manitowac, WI and on to Duluth and maybe the Lake Express High Speed Car Ferry from Milwaukee to Muskegon coming back, or visa versa. Anyone have any experience with either of these ferries? Open for other suggestions as well. Thanks.

Ray
I've taken it many times. Be sure to park on side stand in 1st gear. Use one tie down on the left side . The deck has tie down anchor points. There is always room for bikes on the deck somewhere. It is a relaxing ride...enjoy.
 

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It's been a few years but I've taken the ferry across the lake in both directions several times,
and it is definitely a cool experience,

but like somebody else already mentioned the trip across the Upper Peninsula
is every bit as interesting,

if you've got the time my choice would be the U. P.
 

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I hesitate to comment because your original post is asking about ferry crossings but.... :thumb: for the UP. Check out UPCruising.com as in my sig for some great rides to get you through the the UP. Any questions, PM me, I would be glad to help.
 

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I did the Lake Express crossing at the end of May. It was relaxing. About a 3hr ride. You just have to book early in order to get a spot.
 

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Many thanks for the comments and suggestions. We have decided to leave a few days earlier and ride the U.P. on the way to CCR. We have to come straight home from CCR to prepare for our Bluegrass Beemers Rally Sept. 7,8,9 so we will take the SS Badger on the way home. Thanks again.

Ray
 
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