The S.S. Badger is the very last coal-powered passenger steamship that is in operation in the United States. It has provided a fun, reliable and affordable shortcut across the beautiful Lake Michigan for over 60 years and has transported more than thousands of passengers since it's re-birth in 1992. In 2016 she received the nation's highest historic honor when the Department of Interior officially designated the Badger as a Historic Landmark. Additionally, the S.S. Badger is quite unique in that it is an NHL that moves. the 410' S.S. Badger can easily seat at least 600 passengers and about 180 vehicles, including RVs, Motorcycles, Motor Coaches, and even Commercial Trucks during the sailing season.
Originally designed for the primary purpose of transporting railroad cars, this great ship and the citizens who serve her have successfully adapted to the always-changing world ever since she first set sail on those great waters in 1953. Its unique bold character takes you way back to a time period when things were a lot more simple. Offering valuable time to just slow down, relax, and try to reconnect with the ones you love. it's the continuation of a unique and vital maritime tradition, and they celebrate that heritage on board in lots of fun ways that educate as well as entertain. the mission has changed from the days of carrying railroad cars 365 days a year, but the Badger's role in serving the community and the hearts of those in the surrounding areas has not.
A trip aboard the S.S. Badger offers patrons fun and treasured memories. Professional travelers have shared their experiences aboard the Badger with the world and this great ship has received abundant amounts of praise over the years. The Badger was awarded a certificate of excellence in 2015 & 2016 form TripAdvisor and has a five-star rating with Travelocity as well.