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Guemes Island Ferry

Ferry Operations Manager: Rachel Rowe

News and Notices


Due to the 21-day haul-out, the expiration dates on some vehicle and driver punch cards will be extended for 30 days past the stamped expiration date. The 30-day exten­sion will apply only to vehicle and driver punch cards that are stamped with an expiration date of September 24, 2014, or later.

If your vehicle and driver punch card expires prior to September 24, 2014, the extension will not apply. Please be aware that passenger punch cards may still be used dur­ing the haul-out; therefore, no extensions will apply to the stamped expiration date of passenger punch cards.

Skagit County Commissioners will host Guemes Island Community Forum, Wednesday, September 17, 2014
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Guemes Island Community Center

SKAGIT COUNTY – The Board of Skagit County Commissioners will host a community forum at the Guemes Island Community Center, 7549 Guemes Island Road, on Wednesday, September 17, 2014, beginning at 5:30 p.m. 

County staff from various departments will be in attendance to give brief presentations and respond to questions and inquiries.  Presenters include:

  • Sheriff, Will Reichardt
  • Public Health and Community Services Director, Jennifer Johnson
  • Environmental Public Health Manager, Corinne Story
  • Planning Director, Dale Pernula
  • Parks Director, Brian Adams
  • Public Works Director, Dan Berentson
  • County Engineer / Division Manager, Paul Randall-Grutter, P.E.
  • Ferry Operations Division Manager, Rachel Rowe

Board of Skagit County Commissioners Chair Ron Wesen, Commissioner Kenneth A. Dahlstedt and Commissioner Sharon D. Dillon will all be present to discuss local issues with Guemes Island residents and citizens County-wide.

For more information, please contact Rachel Rowe at (360) 336-9400 or at

Agenda [Pdf]

Guemes Island Ferry haul-out to take place from September 24 through October 14, 2014

The 2014 Guemes Island Ferry haul-out will take place from September 24 through October 14. The M/V Guemes will depart Anacortes for Foss Shipyard in Seattle, WA on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at approximately 9:00 p.m. The car ferry’s last run will occur Tuesday, September 23 at 8:30 p.m. The vessel is scheduled to return to regular service Thursday, October 15 at 6:00 a.m.

To improve reliability, lower costs, and protect capital improvement, Skagit County adopted a maintenance program that includes an annual dry-docking of the Guemes Island Ferry. Work to be done on the vessel during the haul-out period includes hull cleaning and painting, zinc replacement, UT shots of the hull and fire system piping, replacing hydraulic and oil lines for main engines and outdrives, removing, re-conditioning and re-installing propellers, replacing seals in outdrives, piping modifications and steel renewal in the engine rooms, painting of the house, car deck and voids and other maintenance items. In addition, the M/V Guemes will be inspected by the US Coast Guard for its required dry dock credit.

Arrow Launch will provide passenger-only service beginning September 24, 2014 at 6:00 a.m. that will operate according to the regular sailing schedule. This service will operate from the ferry’s regular docks in Anacortes and on Guemes Island. Please note the passenger-only service will operate on the peak sailing schedule through September 30, 2014. Beginning October 1, 2014, the service will operate on the non-peak sailing schedule. The sailing schedules and passenger fares can be found at The passenger-only vessel accommodates 49 passengers and carries both bicycles and small motorbikes. Skagit Transit will provide a bus on Guemes Island to provide transportation to and from the ferry dock.

For more information, please contact Rachel Rowe at (360) 336-9400 or at

2014 Haul-Out Frequently Asked Questions

Dolphin Project Update

In 2014, the last of the five creosote dolphins on the Anacortes side will be demolished and replaced with five new steel dolphins. Upon completion of this project, the creosote dolphins will be completely eliminated at both ferry landings. Pacific Pile & Marine will mobilize to the site on July 14, 2014 and construction will begin July 15, 2014. For the most part, the Contractor will be working during the day and during normal ferry operations. Impacts to ridership during construction should be minimal; however, some service disruptions may be necessary and ferry runs may be cancelled or delayed. Notification of service interruptions will be posted, in advance, on our website and emailed to those on our email subscription list. For more information please see the Informational Flyer, or contact Jennifer Swanson, Project Manager, at (360) 336-9400.
Dolphin Project Update [Pdf]

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) 336-9400.

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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