Whatcom County Ferry

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  1. News Flash
  1. 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. Read on...
  2. Next Monthly Ferry Punch Card Sale August 11

    The next monthly monthly punch card sale is from 5:20 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. on Wednesday, August 11, at the ferry office. All types of ferry punch cards will be sold, including those for current needs-based customers. No cash accepted. Read on...
  3. The Lummi Island Ferry is Back in Service

    The ferry is back in service after repairs to its steering system. Thank you for your patience during these necessary repairs!
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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