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Lake Express

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Neighbourhood: Bay View
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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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I was nervous about coordinating the logistics of getting to the terminal in Milwaukee without wasting the time savings of not driving around Chicago but was pleased with the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Milton, Canada
1 review
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Disappointing to learn at 7am that ferry cancelled thus facing 5 hour drive to make it in time for a concert. They said mechanical problems but do not trust them for later ferry service. Furthermore they will not refund us our hotel. Bad PR!

Thank kocb2017
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I was nervous about coordinating the logistics of getting to the terminal in Milwaukee without wasting the time savings of not driving around Chicago but was pleased with the organization of the process. The terminal was easy to find, driving the vehicle on was organized and the trip across was fast and pleasant. I removed a star for no free... More 

Thank mhackbarth
Racine, Wisconsin
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45 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Arrived for our 6:00am crossing at 4:45am as requested. Got in line, and someone came out and told us the ferry was cancelled due to conditions on the lake. You people had my cellphone, there's this thing called a "text message" that is free, and could have saved me a trip to Milwaukee. Get your act together!

Thank Ride2fast4u
Milwaukee, United States
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11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Lake Express is a great and comfortable way to cross the lake. It avoids the crazy Chicago traffic and other construction zones, allows you to gaze at the lake, nap, or sit on the back deck. It's not inexpensive, but when all told, very worthwhile.

Thank Rafiki485
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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20 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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295 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 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 4 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 12 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
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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 

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