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Old 03-08-2016, 09:58 AM   #1
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Lake Michigan Ferry

We are planning a trip west to South Dakota this July. Has anyone taken a Motorhome on any of the Ferry's across the great lakes? We took our Suburban across lake Michigan a few years back and it saved driving around the lake and was different for the kids. Other possibilities are going through Canada, seeing something new and avoiding quite a bit of 90 on 90W. Any new ideas or input is much appreciated.
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Old 03-09-2016, 12:33 PM   #2
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If you go through Canada you would be crossing over at either Buffalo, NY or Lewiston with Buffalo being the less busy bridge most times. Its a nice ride up to Hamilton, Ont., Canada where you hook up to the I believe Red Jacket Pkwy connecting to the 406. The route number changes a few times heading towards Port Huron, MI but its a straight shot across Ontario and I pleasant ride. Before heading into Michigan at the Blue Water Bridge still in Canada is the town of Sarnia which is real nice. They also have one of the Good Sam rated top ten campgrounds there which the name skips my memory but you could find out. As far as taking a ferry goes, every time my wife sees one capsize somewhere in the world makes her fear every taking one so that question is beyond my grasp. Enjoy your trip.
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The SS Badger allows vehicles of any size. The Lake Express does not. If you do it, it would have to be more for the experience than the cost/time savings because the Badger takes 4 hours to cross vs the Lake Express at 2.5 hours. SS Badger lands in Manitowoc from Michigan....Lake Express is Downtown Milwaukee.
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You can go up through the UP of Michigan, Many things to see and do. Nice roads and great scenery. This is how we go. We will go this way or do the ferry, Anything to avoid the Chicago area.
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You can go up through the UP of Michigan, Many things to see and do. Nice roads and great scenery. This is how we go. We will go this way or do the ferry, Anything to avoid the Chicago area.
Drive through Chicago going that direction after 10 AM and before 2PM and you're pretty safe MOST days as far as traffic is concerned around the bypass. I also don't mind driving through at 4AM!
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One time we decided to go through around 3 am, Figured we be good at that time, Got into about the mid part of the city, traffic was dead stopped, found out they were swinging in new concrete beams for a new bridge, sat 2 1/2 hours waiting to get trrough, I decided never again to go through Chicago, have used the bypasses and usually are slow and backed up, Living in Michigan in the summer months, If we go into Chicago for a weeked to go to the museums and site see we take the amtrak in and bus it or cab it to get around.
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We are planning a trip west to South Dakota this July. Has anyone taken a Motorhome on any of the Ferry's across the great lakes? We took our Suburban across lake Michigan a few years back and it saved driving around the lake and was different for the kids. Other possibilities are going through Canada, seeing something new and avoiding quite a bit of 90 on 90W. Any new ideas or input is much appreciated.
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We have taken the SS Badger a few years ago when we made the trek. Definitely worth doing if you haven't gone on it. We are leaning towards a trip across Canada and into the UP of Michigan. Kevin & Judy any recommendations or "don't want to miss" while on the UP?
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So what do they charge for the ferry? Later RJD
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$67 for an adult
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