Lake Express Ferry: Carrying More Than 1,500 Motorcycles During Harley-Davidson 105th Anniversary Celebration

Harley Enthusiasts Travel to Milwaukee on Lake Michigan for 105th Celebration

MILWAUKEE — Most of the more than 150,000 Harley-Davidson riders in Milwaukee for the Harley-Davidson 105th Anniversary Celebration are arriving via the open road. But, over five days, more than 1,500 riders are traveling over water on the Lake Express High Speed Ferry between Milwaukee and Muskegon, Michigan. Many riders have opted to take the Lake Express to the celebration to avoid the hassle of having to drive through Chicago traffic.

“I rode through Chicago for the 100th and it was a rough experience for me,” said Joe Garber from South Lyon, Michigan. “I just thought I’d take the easy way this time.”

The ship is packed, as the vehicle deck, which normally holds 46 cars and 12 motorcycles, has been converted to hold 120 bikes. Riders have come from Montreal, New York City, Toronto and Ohio just to name a few.

“We are very excited to have so many Harley-Davidson’s riding the ship over the past few days,” said Lake Express President Ken Szallai. “The Lake Express is a great alternative to driving through Chicago for bikers, as they have the opportunity to sit back, relax and talk with other Harley riders about their experiences as they bring their bikes home to Milwaukee for the celebration.”

Harley-Davidson’s 105th Anniversary Celebration is being held August 27-31 in Milwaukee, the birthplace of Harley. For more information about the festivities visit

For more information about Harley riders on the Lake Express and to see photos visit

About Lake Express

Entering 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 1/2 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

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CONTACT: Ashley Melvin of Lake Express, +1-414-727-7789,
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