Whatcom County Ferry

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  1. Ferry Tide-Related Weight Restrictions in May

    The Whatcom Chief can't carry trucks over 40,000 GVW during tides below zero. View May's tide restricted dates and times at: https://bit.ly/2Pzz51P
  2. Updated Fare Sheet Added to Whatcom Chief's Website

    The Lummi Island Ferry's fare sheet has been updated with a new chart showing both the current costs and the new costs that will start on May 17, 2021. View the new Ferry Fares Sheet
  3. Lummi Island Ferry $1 Fare Surcharge Begins May 17

    A $1 surcharge on most ferry trips on the Whatcom Chief will begin on Monday, May 17. The money will go to a dedicated fund to help pay capital expenditures for a new ferry vessel and modifications to docks in order to accommodate the new vessel. 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.

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)

Lummi Island Sunset - Ferry
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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