Lake Express Ferry's Fifth Season Heads into Final Weeks: With S.S. Badger Season Complete, Lake Express the Only Ferry Operating on Lake Michigan

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Starting Monday, October 13th, the Lake Express high speed ferry is alone on Lake Michigan as it heads into the last three weeks of its 2008 operating season. With the other Lake Michigan ferry option, the coal powered S.S. Badger, having now having ended its season, Lake Express is the lone option for travelers looking for a cross lake shortcut around Chicago traffic and congestion. The high speed auto ferry will continue to offer daily 2-1/2 hour crossings through Sunday, November 2nd, when its fifth season will come to a close.

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Starting Monday, October 13th, the Lake Express high speed ferry is alone on Lake Michigan as it heads into the last three weeks of its 2008 operating season. With the other Lake Michigan ferry option, the coal powered S.S. Badger, having now having ended its season, Lake Express is the lone option for travelers looking for a cross lake shortcut around Chicago traffic and congestion. The high speed auto ferry will continue to offer daily 2-1/2 hour crossings through Sunday, November 2nd, when its fifth season will come to a close.

2008 Lake Express season highlights so far include:

  •     Fifth season kick off celebrations in Milwaukee and Muskegon featuring attendance by local community leaders and the cutting of a Lake Express ship-shaped birthday cake.
  •     Lake Express receiving certification from Travel Green Wisconsin in recognition for efforts practicing and promoting environmentally friendly business practices.
  •     Research partnerships with the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Great Lakes Water Institute continued in 2008. The vessel serves as a one-of-a-kind water and air quality sampling station, providing near real time environmental data to researchers during its daily high speed crossings.
  •     In August the Lake Express Milwaukee terminal served as an unofficial starting point for the Harley-Davidson 105th anniversary ride home as company representatives departed Milwaukee on the Lake Express with their motorcycles, bound for New York and official ride home rally points.
  •     The Muskegon Lake Express terminal served as a gateway for Harley-Davidson 105th anniversary celebration participants boarding the ferry bound for events in Milwaukee. In all, more than 1,600 Harley-Davidson motorcycle riders traveled on the Lake Express during the course of the Harley-Davidson 105th.
  •     The economic impact of the Lake Express continues to be felt on both sides of Lake Michigan as the route it serves draws passengers from throughout the country and the world. Passengers from 20 countries including Canada and Mexico and all 50 states have ridden the Lake Express so far in 2008.

A schedule of daily departures through November 2nd, 2008 can be viewed at http://www.lake-express.com .

About Lake Express
In its fifth year of service, the Lake Express Ferry transports more than 100,000 pleasure and business travelers across Lake Michigan from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Muskegon, Michigan each year.

Owned and operated in Milwaukee, the high-speed auto ferry is the only one of its kind operating within the continental United States. It is equipped to comfortably transport nearly 250 passengers, 46 vehicles and 12 motorcycles. Conversions may be made to accommodate a total of 114 motorcycles.

Powered by four 3,000 hp diesel engines, the 192-foot-long catamaran crosses Lake Michigan in 2 ½ hours - a fraction of the time it would take to drive the 300 miles around.

For additional information, or to book reservations, call 866-914-1010 or visit http://www.lake-express.com .

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