Tentative Dry Dock Dates Are:                                                                        September 6 through September 27

Lummi Island Punch Card Sales

All Lummi Island punch cards will be available for purchase at the Lummi Island Ferry Office on:

  • Thursday, June 7, 2018, 12:00 PM to 3:15 PM (Thursday due to planned service outage on June 6th)
  • Thursday, July 5, 2018 12:00 PM to 3:15 PM (Thursday due to the July 4th holiday falling on Wednesday)
  • Wednesday, August 1, 2018 12:00 PM to 3:15 PM
Current needs based customers can purchase their tickets there too.

Traveling with Long Overhang past Rear Axles Notice

If you are transporting a trailer or diving 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 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.

Please see the 2018 Tide Letter located on the left side of this page for more information.

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
Lummi Island Ferry
Whatcom County Public Works Ferry Division is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Whatcom Chief. This ferry serves Lummi Island residents, visitors, and businesses, transporting over 171,343 passengers for 2013. This same period has seen vehicle or passenger car trips of 103,695 and total vehicles transported of 106,620.
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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