Guemes Island Ferry

Ferry Operations Manager: Rachel Rowe

News and Notices

The peak season starts May 20, 2013
During the peak season, both foot and vehicle traffic increases significantly.  Please give yourself plenty of time to catch your desired sailing.  It is highly recommended that you arrive in line at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled departure. 

Here are a few other tips to help make the peak season flow more smoothly:

  • Please be in your vehicles at least 15 minutes prior to departure.
  • Tickets will be sold at the vehicles, unless you are paying with a credit card in which case you will need to come into the office.
  • Always follow the directions of the crew; they are here to make sure your trip is safe.
  • Please note that vehicles and passengers are never loaded at the same time.  Walk-ons are generally loaded first and once vehicles start loading, the walk-ons may be asked to wait until all vehicles are loaded.
  • NEVER drive while on your cell phone or with pets or children in your lap.
  • Purchasing a punch card can make everyone lives easier; they are available for walk-ons or vehicles.
Ferry Replacement Plan

In 2013, Skagit County Public Works hired Elliott Bay Design Group to assemble a Ferry Replacement Plan for the M/V Guemes. The final report was issued on November 22, 2013.  On March 26, 2014, Elliott Bay Design Group presented that report to attendees of the Guemes Island Ferry Operations Public Forum.  A public comment period was open until April 11, 2014. 

Skagit County Public Works would like to thank everyone who submitted input during the open comment period for the Ferry Replacement Plan.  A lot of really great feedback was received and is now available for public review.  Before Public Works issues a response to all of the questions and comments, there will be an open work session held with the Board of Skagit County Commissioners.  The public is welcome to attend and listen to a presentation of the Ferry Replacement Plan that will be given by Elliott Bay Design Group.  The work session will be held Tuesday, August 26, 2014, at 8:30 a.m. in the Commissioner’s Hearing Room, at 1800 Continental Place, Mount Vernon, WA 98274.  For more information, please contact Rachel Rowe, Ferry Operations Division Manager, at (360) 416-1400.

The 2014 Ferry Fare Revenue Target Report

Skagit County Public Works would like to thank everyone who attended the Ferry Operations Public Forum on March 26, 2014. Also, a big thank you to Elliott Bay Design Group for traveling up here from Seattle to present the Ferry Replacement Plan. The power point presentations from the meeting are now available. For more information on the Draft 2014 Ferry Fare Revenue Target Report or the Ferry Replacement Plan, please see the information below. We are currently accepting public comment on both and we are looking forward to hearing what you have to say.

2014 Ferry Fare Revenue Target Report
Public Forum Presentation

Ferry Replacement Plan Presentation

2014 Work Plan
2013 Ferry Operations Status Report

14-Year Ferry Capital Improvement Plan and Status Report Posted
On December 10, 2013, Public Works presented the 14-Year Ferry Capital Improvement Plan, 2014-2027, to the Board of Skagit County Commissioners. The Board has approved the plan. Public Works welcomes comments on the 14-Year Ferry Capital Improvement plan throughout the year.

Guemes Island Ferry 2013 Draft Operations Status Report

Public Works presented the Guemes Island Ferry 2013 Draft Operations Status Report to the Board of Skagit County Commissioners on December 17, 2013. This draft report is and the BCC presentation is available. Public comments will be accepted until January 31, 2014.

To submit comments and/or suggestions on this draft report and/or plan: please contact Rachel Rowe, Ferry Operations Division Manager,, or (360) 419-7618.

You can also submit comments in writing to: Skagit County Public Works, Attn: Rachel Rowe, at 1800 Continental Place, Mount Vernon, WA 98273. The final report will be distributed in February, 2014.

Punch card Order Form Pdf Form | Word .doc

Portable gas containers
Each vehicle or vehicle and trailer is allowed no more than two 6-gallon containers of gasoline, subject to the following:

  • No single container shall exceed a maximum water capacity of 6 gallons;
  • Gasoline containers must be UL or USCG approved;
  • Portable containers must be tightly closed, not missing any parts, and stowed in a secure manner to the satisfaction of ferry personnel;
  • Portable containers must not be transported in the passenger compartment of a motor vehicle;
  • Each owner or operator of a vehicle must advise ferry personnel of the presence in or on their vehicle of any portable containers of gasoline;
  • Gasoline containers shall be made available for inspection by ferry personnel, and a visual inspection must be performed before any containers are allowed onboard;
  • Any container showing deterioration which might affect its integrity will not be allowed onboard the vessel;
  • Smoking is not allowed onboard the ferry at any time.

Portable gasoline containers may only be transported in the open bed of a pick-up truck or on an open trailer. Portable gas containers cannot be transported in the trunk of a vehicle and cannot be carried onboard by a walk-on passenger or in a wheelbarrow.

Passengers can take advantage of Skagit Transit Route 49 plus service via a bus stop located within our brand new Anacortes ferry terminal. The service will operate on a dial-a-ride basis Monday through Saturday. 24 hours advance notice is preferred; however, people can call the same day to schedule a pick-up. Brochures are available in the Anacortes ferry terminal.
For more information, please call Skagit Transit at (360) 757-4433.
More information (Pdf)

Schedule, Tickets, and General Information
Ferry Information
Ticket Information
  • Tickets for vehicles under 20 feet in line as you board. Walk-on and Bicycle tickets are sold at the office prior to vehicle sales.
  • Tickets for vehicles over 20 feet or towing trailers may be purchased in advance in the office.
  • Boarding of the ferry will start approximately 10 minutes prior to sailing time.
  • Tickets Paid By Cash, Check, Travelers Check or Credit Cards. Credit Cards are only accepted in advance in the terminal office.
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