WE DO NOT ACCEPT RESERVATIONS!  This is a First-Come, First-Served ferry. (Schedule)

Planned Service Outage - January 25, 2017
  1. News Flash


Whatcom County Public Works Department is working with the Lummi Island Ferry Advisory Committee for the proposed goal statements and level of service (LOS) request for the Lummi Island Ferry System.  If you would like to comment on the LOS resolution or its Exhibit please submit them to:


Roland Middleton, LEG

Special Programs Manager

Public Works Administration




322 N. Commercial Suite 210

Bellingham, WA 98225


Comments received by Noon, February 7, 2017 will be considered by LIFAC at their next meeting.  All comments will be forwarded to the County Council with the proposed draft resolution.

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.