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February 9, 2017

Guemes Ferry out of service from Feb. 28 through March 28 

Annual maintenance will take the Guemes Island passenger and vehicle ferry out of service for nearly a month, beginning Tuesday, Feb. 28. The vessel is expected to return to service by 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 29.

During the haul-out, passenger-only ferry service, provided by Arrow Launch Services aboard the vessel Strait Arrow, will connect Guemes Island to Anacortes. Passenger-only service will start at 1 p.m. Feb. 28, and will run on the non-peak sailing schedule: 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. The schedule is also available online at www.skagitcounty.net/ferry.

“We understand that taking the vehicle ferry out of service is a big inconvenience for our islanders, riders and neighboring residents,” said Capt. Rachel Rowe, Skagit County Ferry Operations Division Manager. “Doing maintenance now allows us to keep the ferry running during our busy spring and summer months. Our hope is to complete work as soon as possible and get the vessel back to normal service.”

The Strait Arrow can accommodate 49 passengers and bicycles. Small motorbikes or electric scooters are allowed at the discretion of the captain. Extreme weather conditions, including high winds and low tides, may affect the service.

Skagit Transit will provide on-call shuttle service on Guemes Island for a small fee during the ferry haul-out. Residents can call 360-757-4433, and then press 1 to be connected with a dispatcher. The shuttle will run between the ferry dock and residents’ homes. It will operate daily, from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and on Saturday; 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit www.skagittransit.org.

Skagit County typically removes the Guemes Ferry from service once a year for maintenance work and repairs. Maintenance work on the ferry is being completed by Foss Shipyard in Seattle.

Find more information about the Guemes Ferry online at www.skagitcounty.net/ferry.  For questions or more details, please contact Rachel Rowe at 360-416-1400 or rrowe@co.skagit.wa.us.