Lummi Island Ferry

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  1. News Flash
  1. Dry Dock Update from the Senior Master, Rich Hudson

    Repairs and maintenance of the Whatcom Chief are ongoing and are on schedule. At this time, we expect the Whatcom Chief to return to service Saturday, May 21st about 4 p.m. Below are some highlights from this year’s maintenance period: Read on...
  2. Lummi Island Ferry to Return to Service on May 21, 2022

    The Lummi Island Ferry, the Whatcom Chief, is scheduled to return to service on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at approx 4:00 p.m. This scheduled return to service date is contingent upon successful completion of the remaining shipyard repairs and sea trials. Read on...
  3. Small Craft Advisory possible May 18, 2022 for Hales Passage

    Small Craft Advisory possible May 18, 2022 for Hales Passage. This may cause possible service delays or cancellations for the passenger-only ferry. Please plan accordingly. 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 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)

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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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Annual Ferry Financial Reports