Lummi Island Ferry

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  1. News Flash
  1. Lummi Island Ferry to Return to Service on May 21, 2022

    The Lummi Island Ferry, the Whatcom Chief, is scheduled to return to service on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at approx 4:00 p.m. This scheduled return to service date is contingent upon successful completion of the remaining shipyard repairs and sea trials. Read on...
  2. SSC 2022 Dry Dock Service Notice

    SERVICE NOTICE During the suspension of regular ferry service for the 2022 drydock, the following is in effect for garbage and recycling collection on Lummi Island: Additional Info...
  3. 2022 Lummi Island Ferry Dry Dock Activities

    The Whatcom Chief will depart for dry dock late evening on Thursday, May 5th. The Whatcom Chief is due to return to its regular schedule late afternoon on Saturday, May 21th. 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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