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Lake Express

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Address: 2330 S Lincoln Memorial Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53207-1055
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+1 866-914-1010
04:00 - 23:00
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Lake Michigan's only high speed car-passenger ferry. Offering convenient...

Lake Michigan's only high speed car-passenger ferry. Offering convenient 2-1/2 hour runs between Muskegon and Milwaukee. Visit our website for a full schedule of daily crossings and to book your trip. Cut hundreds of miles of driving and enjoy the hours you save when you take the Lake Michigan ferry shortcut offered by Lake Michigan's fast ferry, the Lake Express.

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a Quick Way To Get Across The Lake

I have taken the Lake Express several times and have been it an efficient way to shave some time off a trip to western Michigan. My only caution would be that some times the boat... read more

Reviewed 2 November 2016
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

My hockey team based in Milwaukee had an annual summer game against a friend's team in Muskegon. The first year we did it we mentioned it when pre-ordering our tickets. When we showed up at the dock on Saturday morning, the staff had a trophy made called the "Lake Express Cup" to go to the winner of the annual game.... More 

Thank Zman06
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294 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

We took the motorcycles on the ferry and had a drink and enjoyed the boat ride. We were in Muskegan in no time. Smooth sailing for us, but not always the case.

Thank FastGirl39
Hartland, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017

I'm batting 1000 for cancelled legs of round trips on this service, even though I specifically planned my second trip after consulting the weather. They're just like the airlines, if the boat is not full they try to find a reason to cancel, as they did with me on a Saturday in the fall with what seemed to be mild... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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47 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2016

Love when I went to Michigan in the Lake Express. Its motion is very smooth. The weather outside was not the best (it was windy) and I could not feel anything wrong inside. It is really a relaxing experience. But, it is expensive, but worth it!

Thank ana20002015
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71 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016

We were looking for a shortcut to Michigan so that we did not have to travel thru the Chicago traffic. The Lake Express Ferry traveled from Milwaukee, WI to Muskegon, MI. It was about a 2 1/2 hour trip. When we got in line for the ferry, we were asked if we get seasick. Then we were told the waves... More 

Thank KeepTheMotorRunning
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2016

I have taken the Lake Express several times and have been it an efficient way to shave some time off a trip to western Michigan. My only caution would be that some times the boat doesn't sail due to inclement weather or mechanical problems. We had that happen on two occasions. We really appreciate getting a free ticket for donating... More 

Thank Chiav5555
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69 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2016

We had a wonderful cruise this summer on the Lake Express. They are very punctual, and provide great service. I've been four times and aways sit in the VIP area where they provide a wait staff, have a separate bathroom, and have a separate look out area right outside the sitting area. It's not inexpensive, but worth doing at least... More 

Thank Barbara K
West Allis, Wisconsin
2 reviews
Reviewed 21 October 2016

Our group went to Michigan for a wedding. Very fun, relaxing and easy way to travel with both children and elderly people. They do a great job accommodating everyone, you just need to ask! Headphones and movies for the children, wheelchair and elevators for elderly. My only advice is to make sure the waves (not necessarily the weather) is good... More 

Thank judyja2016
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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129 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016

You have a choice in getting from one side of Lake Michigan to the other. You can drive through Chicago (make sure your will is up to date) or you can take the high speed ferry. 2.5 hours of driving terror or 2.5 hours of a very nice boat ride. With cocktails. And bathrooms. And wifi.. Hey, it's your choice.... More 

Rib Mountain
2 reviews
Reviewed 12 October 2016

Nice way to avoid Chicago traffic, tolls, construction. I had an 8 week puppy that I wanted to minimize travel stress on. I got to read, snack, enjoy a movie while he snoozed in the spacious, well padded & well-attended kennel.

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