1. News Flash
  1. Lummi Island Ferry to Return to Service on 09/24/19

    The Lummi Island Ferry, the Whatcom Chief, is scheduled to return to service on Tuesday, Sept 24, 2019 at approx. 3:00 pm. This scheduled return to service date is contingent upon successful completion of the remaining shipyard repairs and sea trials. Additional Info...
  2. 2019 Whatcom Chief Dry Dock Maps with Explanations

    Attached please find the parking map (first map) for the area adjacent to the Gooseberry Point terminal. We would like to thank Lummi Commercial Company for their gracious offer to allow lsland residents to utilize this area for dry dock. Additional Info...
  3. 2019 Whatcom Chief Dry Dock Passenger Only Schedule

    We anticipate the first departure with the contracted passenger-only ferry to be approximately 4:00 p.m. from Lummi Island on Saturday, September 7, 2019. See the Annual Ferry Dry Dock press release dated 08/12/19 for more dry dock details. Additional Info...
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Traveling with Long Overhang past Rear Axles Notice

If you are transporting a trailer or driving a vehicle with a long overhang past the rear axles, we strongly suggest you travel aboard the Whatcom County ferry at a tide no lower than 4 feet.

Tides lower than 4 feet produce an approach angle too steep to be corrected by ramp adjustment and damage to your trailer or vehicle and/or our equipment may occur.

Be advised, tide restrictions for weight also apply. We ask that you take both weight and length past rear axles into account before traveling aboard the Whatcom County ferry.


WE DO NOT ACCEPT RESERVATIONS!  This is a First-Come, First-Served ferry. (Schedule)

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Lummi Island Sunset - Ferry
Lummi Island Welcome Sign

Seasonal Variations

Ridership shows strong seasonal variations. July and August remain the busiest months with over 10% of all vehicle and pedestrian trips occurring in each of these months. The permanent resident population is over 900 and during the summer swells to over 2,000.

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