Lummi Island Ferry
Lummi Island

Lummi Island Ferry

Providing Lummi Island Ferry schedule, rates, parking and terminal information

About

The Lummi Island Ferry, located in Whatcom County, provides service between Lummi Island and Gooseberry Point, a mainland community west of Bellingham, Washington. The ferry to Lummi Island, named the Whatcom Chief, shuttles both pedestrians and vehicles across the water. It can accommodate up to 100 pedestrians and 20 vehicles. The ferry crossing time is typically 8 minutes, but can be a few minutes faster or longer depending on the weather.


Schedule

Lummi Island to Mainland

Monday - Friday Saturday Sundays/Holidays*
5:40 AM 2:20 PM 7:00 AM 7:00 AM
6:00 AM 3:00 PM 8:00 AM 8:00 AM
6:20 AM 3:30 PM 9:00 AM 9:00 AM
7:00 AM 4:00 PM 10:00 AM 10:00 AM
7:20 AM 4:20 PM 11:00 AM 11:00 AM
7:40 AM 4:50 PM 12:00 PM 12:00 PM
8:00 AM 5:10 PM 1:00 PM 1:00 PM
8:20 AM 5:30 PM 2:00 PM 2:00 PM
9:00 AM 5:50 PM 3:00 PM 3:00 PM
9:20 AM 6:10 PM 4:00 PM 4:00 PM
9:40 AM 6:30 PM 5:00 PM 5:00 PM
10:00 AM 7:10 PM 6:00 PM 6:00 PM
10:20 AM 7:30 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM
11:00 AM 7:50 PM 8:00 PM 8:00 PM
11:20 AM** 8:50 PM 9:00 PM 9:00 PM
11:40 AM 9:10 PM 10:00 PM 10:00 PM
12:00 PM 10:00 PM 11:00 PM 11:00 PM
1:00 PM*** 11:00 PM 12:00 AM 12:00 AM
1:20 PM 12:00 AM 12:20 AM
2:00 PM
* New Year's Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas
** Fuel trucks only on Tuesday and Thursdays - no vehicles until next run
*** No runs on alternate Thursdays for ferry re-fueling (~12:30 PM to 1:20 PM)

Mainland to Lummi Island

Monday - Friday Saturday Sundays/Holidays*
5:50 AM 2:30 PM 7:10 AM 7:10 AM
6:10 AM 3:10 PM 8:10 AM 8:10 AM
6:30 AM 3:40 PM 9:10 AM 9:10 AM
7:10 AM 4:10 PM 10:10 AM 10:10 AM
7:30 AM** 4:30 PM 11:10 AM 11:10 AM
7:50 AM 5:00 PM 12:10 PM 12:10 PM
8:10 AM 5:20 PM 1:10 PM 1:10 PM
8:30 AM 5:40 PM 2:10 PM 2:10 PM
9:10 AM 6:00 PM 3:10 PM 3:10 PM
9:30 AM 6:20 PM 4:10 PM 4:10 PM
9:50 AM 6:40 PM 5:10 PM 5:10 PM
10:10 AM 7:20 PM 6:10 PM 6:10 PM
10:30 AM 7:40 PM 7:10 PM 7:10 PM
11:10 AM 8:00 PM 8:10 PM 8:10 PM
11:30 AM 9:00 PM 9:10 PM 9:10 PM
11:50 AM 9:20 PM 10:10 PM 10:10 PM
12:10 PM 10:10 PM 11:10 PM 11:10 PM
1:10 PM*** 11:10 PM 12:10 AM 12:10 AM
1:30 PM 12:10 AM 12:30 AM
2:10 PM
* New Year's Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas
** Fuel trucks only on Tuesday and Thursdays - no vehicles until next run
*** No runs on alternate Thursdays for ferry re-fueling (~12:30 PM to 1:20 PM)

Fares & Rates

The round-trip ferry fares are collected during the passage to the island.

You can pay your fare with any major credit card or debit card except American Express.

The most common fares are as follows with a full rate chart just below:

Passenger Fares

Fare Type Cost Rate Basis
Passenger/Pedestrian $7.00 1 round trip
Passenger/Pedestrian - multi-ride ticket $88.00 25 round trips
Children (under 12 with Parent only) 1 FREE 1 round trip
Youth (12 to 19) FREE 1 round trip
Needs Based Passenger/Pedestrian 5, 6
Senior/Disabled/Income - multi-ride ticket
$28.00 10 round trips
Post High School Full-time 2, 3
Students - multi-ride ticket
$70.00 25 round trips
Lummi Tribal Member w/ ID (foot passage only) 4 FREE 1 round trip

Vehicle/Driver Fares

Fare Type Cost Rate Basis
Bicycle w/ Rider $7.00 1 round trip
Motorcycle w/ Driver $8.00 1 round trip
Motorcycle w/ Driver - multi-ride $140.00 25 round trips
Vehicle w/ Driver under 8,001 lbs $13.00 1 round trip
Vehicle w/ Driver under 8,001 lbs - multi-ride $102.00 10 round trips
Vehicle w/ Driver under 8,001 lbs - multi-ride $210.00 25 round trips
Needs based Vehicle w/ Driver 5,
Seniro/Disabled/Income - multi-ride
$52.00 10 round trips

Larger Vehicle Fares

Fare Type Cost Rate Basis
Vehicle w/ Driver 8,001 to 20,000 lbs 7, 11, 12 $32.00 1 round trip
Vehicle w/ Driver 8,001 to 20,000 lbs - multi-ride 7, 11, 12 $272.00 10 round trips
Vehicle w/ Driver 20,001 to 36,000 lbs 7, 11, 12 $75.00 1 round trip
Vehicle w/ Driver 20,001 to 36,000 lbs - multi-ride 7, 11, 12 $638.00 10 round trips
Vehicle w/ Driver 36,001 to 50,000 lbs 7, 11, 12, 13 $145.00 1 round trip
Vehicle w/ Driver 36,001 to 50,000 lbs - multi-ride 7, 11, 12, 13 $1,233.00 10 round trips
Trailer (under 16 feet) 7, 8, 11, 12 $20.00 1 round trip
Trailer (16 - 30 feet) 7, 8, 11, 12 $38.00 1 round trip
Trailer (over 30 feet) 7, 8, 11, 12 $70.00 1 round trip
Over width Vehicles, Trailers, etc.
> 1 lane 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13
50% surcharge 1 round trip

Special Trip Fares

Fare Type Cost Rate Basis
Special trips
after regularly schedule runs 10
$600.00 Per trip surcharge - one-way
Special trips are a surcharge
in addition to the applicable fare.

Clarifications

1. All Children under the age of twelve (12) years old when traveling on the Whatcom County ferry must be accompanied by an adult. An exception to this policy will be made only if the parent or legal guardian signs a waver exempting Whatcom County from all liabilities for any and all injures, loss of life, etc., while the child is traveling on the ferry.

2. No special child or student discount is available for drivers of vehicles.

3. Student multi-ride cards shall be sold to full-time students only. Student multi-ride cards shall only be sold at Public Works Accounting (Administration) office. Proof of current full-time enrollment shall be required at the time of purchase.

4. During the term of the Tidelands Lease Agreement dated 10/24/2011, Lessee (Whatcom County) shall grant free foot and non-commercial passenger vehicle passage upon and across the ferry operated by Lessee between Gooseberry Point and Lummi Island to those persons going to Lummi Island for legitimate tribal business who are either enrolleed members of the Lummi Nation or employees thereof, and who also present appropriate identification issued by the Nation, including Indian Business Council Identification cards or current fishing cards/licenses as issued by Lummi Nation.

5. A special needs discount is provided for Lummi Island residents who meet the very low income levels set annually by the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The current year's levels will be posted on the Whatcom County Public Works' Ferry web page. The Reviewing Authority will screen all applicants to determine eligibility. The number of needs-based applications process annually, regardless of approval, will depend on the constraints of the Ferry Operations budget for each year. These special needs based tickets will only be sold at the Whatcom County Public Works Administration building in Bellingham and will require a valid voucher issued from the Reviewing Authority and valid ID. Forms and procedures will be developed by Whatcom County Public Works and the Reviewing Authority.

6. Eligibility for a special 'Senior/Disabled' discount is available to all Lummi Island residents who currently hold property tax exemptions or deferral as defined under RCW 84.36.381, RCW 84.38.030, WAC 458-16-020 and WAC 458-18-020, and as these may be hereafter amended. These special needs-based tickets will only be sold at the Whatcom County Public Works Administration building in Bellingham and will required valid ID.

7. Tow vehicles with trailers shall be charged a combined rate based on the length and weight. Heavy Machinery that is self-propelled onto the ferry shall be charged at the corresponding vehicle rate.

8. Buses, mobile homes, motor homes, fifth wheels in bed of pickup and trailers including goosenecks are charged by total length. Length includes tongue, hitch, and projections to the rear.

9. Any vehicle, bus, motor home, or trailer occupying more than one ferry lane shall be charged 50 percent surcharge. The surcharge will consist of 50 percent added to the total charge. In addition, vehicles towing over-width trailers shall also be charged a 50 percent surcharge.

10. Special trips are a surcharge in addition to the applicable fee.

11. A weekly run limited to fuel trucks, charged at the regular rate, shall be scheduled by the Public Works Department.

12. All trucks shall be charged round trip rates based on gross vehicle weight.

13. Vehicles over 40,000 pounds need special permission from the captain to board, including weight slip. Maximum weight limit is 50,000 pounds. Call the Department of Public Works at (360) 778-6200 for further information. Minus tide restrictions may apply.

Whatcom County employees on official County business shall be exempt from fares

* Vehicles MUST be 57 ft. or less TOTAL LENGTH


Terminal Information

Address

The Lummi Island Ferry Dock is located at:

2147 S Nugent Rd
Lummi Island, WA 98262

The terminal at Gooseberry Point is located near KMB Seafoods:

Lummi View Dr.
Bellingham, WA 98226

Directions

From Canada & Points North

  1. Follow I-5 South to Slater Road Exit 260
  2. Turn right or west on Slater Road
  3. Follow Slater Road 3.22 miles to Haxton Way
  4. Turn left or south on Haxton Way
  5. Follow Haxton Way 7.02 miles to the Whatcom County Public WOrks Lummi Island Ferry

From Seattle & Points South

  1. Follow I-5 North to Slater Road Exit 260
  2. Turn left or west on Slater Road
  3. Follow Slater Road 3.22 miles to Haxton Way
  4. Turn left or south on Haxton Way
  5. Follow Haxton Way 7.02 miles to the Whatcom County Public WOrks Lummi Island Ferry

Lummi Island Ferry Map and Directions

Tips

Lummi Island does not have a gas/fueling station, so if you are bring your vehicle over with you, be sure you have enough fuel to cover you until you arrive back at the mainland.

The mainland ferry dock does not have any public restroms nor are there any onboard the Whatcom Chief ferry. Use the restroom prior to arriving at the dock or be sure you can last the entire, albeit short, ferry ride.


Parking

FREE parking is available along Lummi View Dr. However, be cautious of where you park because some areas are private property/tow away zones. Always look for signs to ensure you don't return from trip and your car is gone.

Some handicapped parking spaces are located closer to the mainland ferry dock.