Photo by Todd & Brad Reed Photography

Where to Watch the S.S. Badger in Port Ludington

The S.S. Badger, the largest carferry to sail the Great Lakes, is Ludington’s most famous symbol and a fun passenger ship to take across Lake Michigan. When you hear the unmistakable sound of the ship’s whistle, you know it’s time to watch the arrival or departure of this wonderful cruise ship. Here are some prime “viewing” places.

AJ's Party Port
Ludington Area Center for the Arts

Waterfront Park

While the kids enjoy the fun, safe playground at Waterfront Park, you can relax on a bench and have a front row seat as the carferry glides by. Pick up an ice cream cone ahead of time!

Ludington's North Breakwater Lighthouse Pier

This is the closest you’ll get to the carferry. Give yourself an extra ten minutes to walk out to the very end past the North Breakwater Lighthouse, and actually see the faces of the people enjoying their cross-lake trip.

Along the Channel Walkway

The entire area between the City Marina and the Coast Guard Station is a popular gathering place for people to watch the carferry and wave hello or goodbye to its passengers. Large, white boulders line the walk, beckoning children to climb, but be careful!

Stearns Park Beach

The large expanse of Stearns Park Beach gives you the longest view of the S.S. Badger. Watch as she sails into the horizon, and stay for the spectacular sunset over Lake Michigan.

The S.S. Badger Passes the North Breakwater Light as it Return to Port. | Photo by Todd & Brad Reed Photography.

From Local Businesses

Situated across from the city marina is Crown and Cork, formerly PM Steamers Restaurant. Have a drink or dinner out on their deck, and you’ve got the perfect combination.

The Ludington State Park

Hike out to the Lake Michigan Beach House within the Ludington State Park along the lakeshore, set your blanket on the sand and let the tranquility embrace you as the S.S. Badger sails into or out of her home port.

For more information on the S.S. Badger Carferry: 

Ludington: 701 Maritime Drive, Ludington, Michigan 49431
Manitowoc: 900 South Lakeview Drive, Manitowoc, Wisconsin 54220

(800) 841-4243

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