The Lake Michigan short cut =

An unforgettable


Lake Express Ferry

May, 2018

Milwaukee’s Lake Express high-speed ferry from Milwaukee to Muskegon, Mich., puts on 62,500 miles each year. That’s equal to two and a half times around the earth. What’s more, the distance traveled in this unique car ferry’s first 14 seasons equals the distance to the moon and back…TWICE.

 Now in its 15th season, the Lake Express is a Milwaukee original and, in fact, an American original. The ship is especially envied by all the other cities on the Great Lakes (Chicago included), which have nothing like it to bring visitors from other states.

 “We think it’s significant that our terminal is a unique entry point into the city, a major link from Michigan to Milwaukee for leisure and  business travelers,” notes Aaron Schultz, vice president of marketing for the Lake Express.

Updated each winter to keep it a 21st century, state-of-the-art ship, the Lake Express:

Travels at a speed of 34 knots (39 mph), taking passengers and vehicles across Lake Michigan in a short two and a half hours. Driving time from Milwaukee to Muskegon can take more than five hours.

 Remains one of the first catamaran-style auto/passenger ferries to enter service in the U.S. And it is privately owned, requiring no public subsidies.

 Carries more than 100,000 passengers each season, along with their cars and motorcycles. Each year, the Lake Express carries travelers from more than 50 countries.

 Offers a full range of amenities, from onboard dining to free Wi-Fi and a navigation screen that tells travelers their location on the lake and identifies ships seen during the crossing.

 Doubles as a research vessel, providing important information to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Sciences.

 This year, the Lake Express again will make three round trips daily from June 15-Sept. 3. Two crossings to Muskegon and two crossings from Muskegon to Milwaukee daily during fall (Sept. 4-Oct. 24).

A major link

from Michigan

to Milwaukee

for leisure and  business


The 2018 season, which began in late April, is expected to see a major uptick in usage by motorcyclists, who prefer the Lake Express to arriving in Milwaukee via crowded and stress-inducing freeways.

 “We are gearing up for Harley-Davidson’s 115th Anniversary Celebration on Labor Day weekend,” said Schultz. “We’ve expanded the on-board area available for motorcycles. And we are getting more reservations than in the past for the week before and the week after the celebration–showing Milwaukee’s popularity as a destination.”


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