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2020 Boatnerd Badger Gathering
Trip on the Lake Michigan Carferry S. S. Badger Friday & Saturday,
June 5-6, 2020

Once again we are pleased to offer the Boatnerd Badger Gathering. Don't miss this year's fun cruise.

The 2020 Boatnerd Badger Gathering will be a round-trip crossing of Lake Michigan from Ludington, Michigan to Manitowoc, Wisconsin on Saturday, June 6, 2020, aboard the Lake Michigan Carferry SS BADGER.

 Join us in traveling aboard the only coal-fired steamer left on the Great Lakes. Visit the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc and see the operating restored forward engine from the legendary railroad ferry Chief Wawatam, and the WWII submarine Cobia, OR re-board the Badger for a two-hour  Wisconsin shoreline cruise with live entertainment and a party buffet.

Special Boatnerd Round Trip is only $80.00 each.
Students (5-18) Round Trip only $29.00 each.

 Optional Friday night, June 5, Badger Boatel - $78.00 per stateroom.. Stay overnight in a Badger stateroom. Staterooms sleep two at the same price as one. Includes breakfast buffet on Saturday morning. We need a minimum of 10 room reservations for Friday night, in order for this option to be available. Only 22 staterooms are available. Boatnerds will be the only passengers sleeping on the boat.

 Optional Saturday Wisconsin shoreline cruise - $45.00 each. Re-board the Badger in Manitowoc for a two-hour Wisconsin shoreline cruise that includes complimentary Badger Party Buffet and a live band. Pirates of Lake Michigan theme this year!

Schedule Events

  Friday, June 5 - Optional
Meet at the Badger. Stay overnight in a Badger stateroom. Boarding is between 7:30 and 10:00PM. Meet your fellow Boatnerds and exchange stories and pictures. Only 22 staterooms are available. Make your reservation now. Passengers staying overnight on the Badger should check in at the Ludington office between 10AM and 8PM on Friday.

 Saturday, June 6
9:00 am (ET) - Depart Ludington aboard the Badger. All ticketing is now electronic as you board the Badger

12:00 pm (CT) - Arrive Manitowoc.
Walk across the bridge to the Wisconsin
Maritime Museum or downtown.

OR Re-board the Badger for

2:00 4:00 pm (CT) - Optional Wisconsin Shoreline Cruise aboard Badger

5:00 pm (CT) Depart Manitowoc aboard Badger.

10:00 pm (ET) Arrive Ludington

 Important Information
Reservations must be received no later than Monday, May 25, 2020. Checks for the full amount must accompany each reservation. Checks will be cashed on Tuesday, May 26, and cancelations after May 21 may require a cancelation fee. If we do not receive the minimum ten (10) stateroom reservations to activate the Badger Boatel, we will refund that portion of your reservation.

Reservations received after May 25, 2020 will be handled on an "If-Available" basis.

Additional information will be emailed to passengers as reservations are received.

Click here to print your reservation form. Get yours in the mail today.
Send completed reservation form and checks to:

Great Lakes & Seaway Shipping Online
Badger Gathering
1110 South Main Street
Findlay, OH 45840-2239



Important Links
Lake Michigan Carferry web site