How Many Ferry Boats Cross Lake Michigan on Average?


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There are, as of 2015, two ferry boats that cross Lake Michigan from Wisconsin to Michigan. These are the Lake Express and S.S. Badger lines; the former connects Milwaukee, Wisconsin with Muskegeon, Michigan, while the latter operates from Manitowoc, Wisconsin to Ludington, Michigan.

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The S.S. Badger is a historical steamship, first launched in 1952. It can hold 600 passengers and 180 automobiles, and crosses the lake approximately 450 times annually. One voyage takes about four hours to complete. In contrast, the Lake Express ferry, launched in 2004, is a high-speed catamaran-style vessel that takes only 2.5 hours to cross the lake. It is a smaller vessel with a capacity of 248 passengers and 46 vehicles.

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