Whatcom County Ferry

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Coronavirus Update as of 3/13/20:

  • Cabin #1 (Island Side) shall be reserved for crew use only.
  • Cabin #2 (Mainland Side) is being cleaned regularly, following recommended guidelines with recommended products.
  • As always, please observe posted restricted areas. Do not enter the purser or wheelhouse areas.
  • Social distancing can be difficult to achieve aboard the Whatcom Chief. We encourage all who work or travel on the ferry to please follow the guidelines listed by the Whatcom County Health Department.

Visit the Whatcom County Health Department COVID-19 Website for the latest information about the virus in our area.

We will update this page if/ when conditions change. Stay safe out there!

  1. News Flash
  1. June 3 Service Outage Planned for Lummi Island Ferry

    The Whatcom Chief will be out of service from 10:10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3, for inspection and maintenance of the ferry terminal facilities at both Lummi Island and Gooseberry Point. Read more
  2. Lummi Island Ferry Service Outage Planned for May 21

    The Lummi Island Ferry will be out of service for a dry dock shipyard pre-bid meeting onboard the vessel. This outage will occur on Thursday, May 21, from 11:30 a.m. to approximately 2:00 p.m. There will be no ferry service during this time. Read on...
  3. Fares Resume May 18 for Lummi Island Ferry with Collection/Punch Card Changes

    Beginning Monday, May 18, fare collection will resume onboard the Whatcom Chief. Lummi Island Ferry staff will no longer accept cash. In addition, ferry crew will no longer sell multi-ride punch cards onboard the Whatcom Chief. 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.


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 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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