• US 10 – The US 10 freeway begins in Ludington and runs east to Michigan’s east coast.
  • US 31 – The US 31 freeway extending from Ludington south to the state line, there is direct access to large commercial and industrial sectors such as Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Holland, Lansing, Kalamazoo, and Detroit.Marquette Rail


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Traverse City

Grand Rapids






Marquette Rail (MQT) serves western Michigan with approximately 126 miles of track. The primary rail route extends from connections with CSX and Norfolk Southern/Grand Elk at Grand Rapids northward to Ludington and Manistee. These lines, formerly part of the Pere Marquette Railroad network that covered most of the state’s Lower Peninsula, have been in continuous operation since 1874.

The MQT transports chemicals, paperboard, grain, salt, petroleum products and other commodities. It also serves as a storage agent for fleet owners requiring convenient accommodations for seasonally inactive or off-lease rolling stock. Capacity is in excess of 500 railcars.

Deep Water Port

  • The City of Ludington owns and operates Ludington Harbor Municipal Marina and maintains the 274-meter (900-foot) seawall within the Marina.
    • Open from mid-April to mid-October
    • 86 seasonal slips and 88 transient slips for lease.
    • Docks are from 9.1 to 18.3 meters (30 to 60 feet) long
    • Broadside accommodation for vessels to 30.5 meters (100 feet) long
    • The depth is about 2.1 meters (7 feet) at the entrance of the Marina. Depths inside the marina will accommodate most boats.
  • The Lake Michigan Car Ferry, SS Badger, runs between Ludington and Manitowoc throughout the season and is a critical hub for connecting vehicular traffic between Michigan and Wisconsin. The Ferry service is available from May through October with increased crossings during the peak summer months of June-early September.


  • Mason County Airport is a county-owned public-use airport located 2 miles northeast of the central business district of Ludington.
  • Nearby commercial airports in Manistee and Muskegon fly direct to Chicago daily.