Whatcom County Ferry

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  1. News Flash
  1. Remaining 2021 ferry punch card sale dates announced

    Monthly punch card sales will be Oct. 20, Nov. 10, Dec. 8, and Dec. 22. All sales are from 5:20 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. All types of ferry punch cards will be sold, including those for current needs-based customers. No cash accepted. Read more: Read on...
  2. October 20 Service Outage Planned for Lummi Island Ferry

    The Whatcom Chief will be out of service from 10:10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Wednesday, October 20, for inspection and maintenance of the ferry terminal facilities at both Lummi Island and Gooseberry Point. Read More: Read on...
  3. Whatcom Chief Back in Service After Repairs to Main Engine

    The Lummi Island ferry is back in service. The boat will make continuous runs until the scheduled crew lunch. Big thanks to our mechanics, engineer, and captain for their quick response and great teamwork to get us back in service!
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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.

Weight-Related Rules and Restrictions  

Vehicles over 40,000 GVW are prohibited on the ferry during any tide under zero. This prevents damage to ferry loading ramps.

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

Lummi Island Sunset - Ferry
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Seasonal Variations

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

Helpful Documents

Annual Ferry Financial Reports