September 26, 2023

Lake Categorical Ferry begins twentieth season of service

Picture courtesy of Lake Categorical Ferry

Final up to date on Could eighth, 2023 at 01:47 pm

The Lake Categorical Ferry formally started its 20th season of service Friday, beginning its first journey from Milwaukee to Muskegon, Michigan at 6 a.m.

The high-speed, four-engine powered automobile ferry will transport 100,000 vacationers between Wisconsin and Michigan this season. The ferry will make 4 each day crossings of Lake Michigan, every taking two and a half hours, and 6 each day crossings in the course of the top of the summer time journey season. Journeys are scheduled to run till Oct. 22.

A median of fifty totally different overseas nations are represented yearly amongst Lake Categorical’ vacationers. The ferry is fashionable amongst vacationers looking for to keep away from Chicago visitors congestion when driving round Lake Michigan on their solution to Michigan or Wisconsin.

“We’re actually seeing an uptick in curiosity in ridership, so I actually assume we’re going to have a robust summer time season,” stated Aaron Schultz, senior vice chairman at Lake Categorical.

He believes 2023 is the primary true “post-COVID” summer time, because the return of a number of fashionable festivals and occasions are driving the elevated curiosity in ferry ridership.

The Lake Categorical ferry made historical past as the primary high-speed auto passenger ferry in america on June 1, 2004.

“We’re thrilled to be celebrating our twentieth season of ferry service on Lake Michigan,” stated Schultz. “It’s nonetheless top-of-the-line methods to keep away from Chicago visitors and luxuriate in a novel and comfy expertise whereas touring to locations in Wisconsin, Michigan, or past.”

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