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Posted on: February 15, 2024

Planned Outage for Lummi Island Ferry March 7

The Lummi Island Ferry will be out of service from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, for the 2024 dry dock shipyard pre-bid meeting onboard the Whatcom Chief.

  • The last run before the outage from the Gooseberry Point side will be 12:10 p.m., and...
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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: February 13, 2024

Ferry Dry Dock 2024: Tentative Dates Announced

The Whatcom Chief’s 2024 dry dock outage is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, April 18, through Friday, May 17. This year, the dry dock is scheduled longer to take care of various repairs to the ferry, including replacing engine #1 and steel w...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: February 9, 2024

Dock Repairs Will Modify Ferry Staging Starting Feb. 12

Public Works will begin replacing the wooden planks on the Gooseberry Point ferry dock on Monday, February 12. This work will temporarily affect where vehicles line up for the ferry, but we do not anticipate any impact on ferry service. 

During th...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: January 19, 2024

February 28 Service Outage Planned for Lummi Island Ferry

The Whatcom Chief will be out of service from 10:10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, February 28, to inspect and maintain the ferry terminal facilities at both Lummi Island and Gooseberry Point. 

  • The last morning run from the Gooseberry Point side wil...
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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: December 7, 2023

Monthly Ferry Punch Card Sale Dates Set for First Quarter 2024

The Whatcom County Ferry Division monthly punch card sale dates for the first quarter of 2024 are:

  • Wednesday, January 3
  • Wednesday, February 7
  • Wednesday, March 6

All punch card sales are from 5:20 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. at the ferry office at the island-side ferry ...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: November 30, 2023

Public Works Selects Familiar Face to Helm Ferry Program

After years of dedicated service to the Whatcom County ferry program, Rich Hudson is set to disembark from his position as Senior Master of the Whatcom Chief, effective Friday, December 1, 2023. Whatcom County Public Works thanks Hudson for his unwavering...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: October 26, 2023

Parking Enforcement Reminder for Lots on Lummi Island

After a busy summer, the parking lots near the ferry have a number of vehicles that have been left, abandoned, or parked for an extended period. Whatcom County staff will be visiting the Island in the next few weeks to mark and tag vehicles that need to b...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: October 19, 2023

Serve on the Whatcom County Ferry Advisory Committee

The Whatcom County Council is seeking applications to fill vacancies on the newly reconstituted Whatcom County Ferry Advisory Committee (formerly the Lummi Island Ferry Advisory Committee). The committee’s purpose is to provide review and recommendations ...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: May 18, 2023

Lummi Island Ferry to Return to Service on May 21

The Lummi Island Ferry, the Whatcom Chief, is scheduled to return to full service on Sunday, May 21, 2023. This planned return to service date is contingent upon completing the remaining shipyard repairs and sea trials. If the date should change, we will ...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: May 15, 2023

Dry Dock Update from the Senior Master, Rich Hudson

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 full service on Sunday, May 21st. If that should change, we will send o...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: April 25, 2023

Ferry Passengers Should Use Caution on Ramps During Dry Dock Low Tides

Overhead picture of ferry terminal ramp

Lower than normal spring tides will cause steep inclines on the ferry ramps over several days of dry dock. As a result, some passengers may need help boarding the passenger ferry. Please do ask for assistance if you need it—crew members are read...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: April 10, 2023

2023 Whatcom Chief Dry Dock Schedule & Services

 

THE CHANGEOVER:

The Whatcom Chief will depart for dry dock on Saturday, April 29, 2023.  The ferry is anticipated to return to full service on Sunday, May 21, 2023. The return date is subject to change depending on the work required in t...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: August 4, 2021

How to calculate Lummi Island ferry fares for motor homes and similar recreational vehicles

Summertime means travel time, and we want to take a moment to remind our ferry riders of the fare policy for buses, recreational vehicles, travel trailers, and motorhomes.

  • If you drive a recreational vehicle, bus, or motorhome, your vehicle’s far...
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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: June 29, 2021

Public Works Reopening Guidance for Lummi Island Residents

Public Works offices will reopen to the public by appointment only on Wednesday, June 30, when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted state wide. Reopening our public buildings will be done gradually, and this is the first step in that process. We thank you in ...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: January 11, 2021

Ferry Increased Weight Limits for Personal Vehicles on Jan. 1

On January 1, 2021, the Ferry Division increased the maximum gross vehicle weight for personal vehicles on the Whatcom Chief from 8,000 lbs to 11,000 lbs. The increased weight limit applies to all $13 single ride round trips, and all multi-ride punch card...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways