Whatcom County Ferry

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  1. News Flash
  1. Ferry's Draft COVID-19 Dry Dock Policy Available; Public Comment Open Through Aug. 28

    We are creating a COVID-19 policy for the passenger-only ferry and shuttle van service that will provide transportation to and from Lummi Island while the Whatcom Chief is in dry dock. Read on...
  2. Lummi Island Supplemental Parking Lot Closes for Maintenance Aug. 22

    The supplemental Lummi Island ferry parking lot will close for maintenance from Saturday, August 22, through Friday, August 28. All vehicles must be removed from this parking lot no later than Friday evening, August 21. Read on...
  3. Public Works Gravel on Lummi Island to be Used for Additional Projects

    Whatcom County Public Works has had a number of people ask about purchasing potential surplus gravel from our island projects. We do not expect to have any surplus gravel after project work is completed, and will not have any available for sale. Read on...
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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 Low Tide Restrictions Notice 


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.

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