Guemes Road Conditions

No advisories at this time...

posted Jan 22, 2013, 1:27 PM by

Lowland Snow a possibility...

posted Jan 8, 2013, 5:15 PM by

The National Weather Service has issued weather briefing indicating the possibility of lowland snow Wednesday night through Friday.  A cold northwesterly is expected with the chance of light snow.

No Advisories at this time...

posted Oct 29, 2012, 1:27 PM by

Modified Burn Ban to be Lifted Tomorrow

posted Oct 15, 2012, 11:11 AM by   [ updated Oct 16, 2012, 1:55 PM ]

The modified burn ban put into effect by the Skagit County Commissioners will be lifted at 8:00 am Wednesday morning, October 17.

Guemes Ferry Outage.

posted Oct 8, 2012, 9:34 AM by

The Guemes Island car ferry will be out of service from Sunday, October 7 (last run at 5:45 pm) until Thursday, October 25.  A foot passenger only boat will provide service on the regular schedule during the outage.  The fire department has implemented it's ferry outage plan and will be transporting patients to meet Anacortes Fire Department paramedics at the ferry landing when appropriate.  If you have any questions please contact Chief Medical Officer Nancy White or Chief Mike Stamper.

Statewide Burn Ban

posted Oct 8, 2012, 9:28 AM by   [ updated Oct 8, 2012, 12:17 PM ]

Governor Gregoire has issued a statewide burn ban prohibiting all outdoor fires, including recreational burning.  This ban is currently in effect until October 15th.  For the exact wording of the proclamation see:

Burn Ban in effect...

posted Aug 22, 2012, 10:30 AM by

As of Friday, August 17 at 8:00 a.m. ... 

SKAGIT COUNTY – Due to forecasted high temperatures, possible dry lightning strikes, and decreasing fuel moisture levels and available fire resources, the Fire Marshal’s Office is implementing a modified burn ban in unincorporated areas of Skagit County to allow recreational burning only. This change will be effective as of Friday, August 17, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. ...

Recreational fires are those used for cooking and pleasure and consist of only charcoal or firewood. As of August 17, all recreational fires must meet the following criteria:   

• Fires must be in an enclosure that is a minimum of 18 inches high, no larger than three feet across, and made of cement block, stones, or #10 gauge steel.   

• Burned materials must be kept lower than the sidewalls of the enclosure.   

• All fires must have on-site: A charged garden hose; or two five-gallon buckets of water; or a five-gallon Class A fire extinguisher with a shovel.   

• Fires must be 10 feet from any standing timber, and no tree branches can be within 10 feet above the enclosure.   

• At least one person 16 years of age or older who is capable of putting the fire out must be present at all times.   

As of Friday, August 17 at 8:00 a.m., debris-burning fires are not allowed until further notice. Yard waste and construction debris can be recycled and disposed of instead of burned. For complete lists of alternatives to burning and for recreational burning conditions, please visit For more information or questions regarding open burning in Skagit County, please contact the Skagit County Fire Warden at (360) 428-3293.   

If you live within city limits of any of the incorporated cities or towns, please contact your city fire department for current burning restrictions.   

The permanent open burning ban remains in effect in the cities of Anacortes, Burlington, Concrete, Hamilton, La Conner, Lyman, Mount Vernon, Sedro-Woolley, and their urban growth areas. For more information on the burn ban in these cities, contact the Northwest Clean Air Agency at (800) 622-4627 or visit   

If your property falls under the jurisdiction of the Department of Natural Resources, please call (360) 856-3500 for burn permit information.   

Whatcom, Island, and Snohomish counties are also implementing burn ban restrictions. Please contact each county for details.   

More: Campfire and fire pit information (Pdf)   

No Announcements

posted Jul 25, 2012, 10:38 AM by


posted Jul 6, 2012, 11:36 AM by   [ updated Jul 6, 2012, 11:37 AM ]

   The Board of Skagit County Commissioners will host the Guemes Island Community Meeting Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at the Guemes Island Community Center located at 7549 Guemes Island Road.  The meeting will start at 5:30 p.m.  County Department Heads and Division Managers will be on hand to give presentations and answer questions.  Please join us to learn more about what the County is doing in the Guemes Island Community and County-wide.  For more information, please contact Rachel Beck, Ferry Operations Division Manager, at, or at (360) 336-9400.   


Captain Rachel Beck   

Ferry Operations Division Manager   

Skagit County Public Works   



posted May 18, 2012, 2:24 PM by

As a reminder, the peak season for the Guemes Island Ferry will be in effect from May 20, 2012 to September 30, 2012.  Peak season fares and schedules are available at, or at the Anacortes terminal.  As we enter into this year’s busy season, here are a few reminders that will help make your ferry passage safe and enjoyable:   


·         Two parking lots are available for ferry users.  Both parking lots are well-lit, monitored by security cameras and are a short distance from the ferry terminal building.  The larger lot is located at the corner of 6th Street and K Avenue and offers 72 hour parking; from the northwest corner of this lot there is a pathway to the main terminal area.  A smaller parking lot offers 24-hour parking and is located within the terminal area to the east of the ferry holding lane;    

·         Consider purchasing a punch card so that your boarding process will be streamlined; the 10-trip convenience vehicle and driver punch card will be available May 20, 2012;   

·         Please remember that both foot and vehicle traffic increases substantially starting Memorial Day weekend; therefore, please be sure to be aware of your surroundings at all times;    

·         Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to catch your desired sailing; it is recommended that you arrive in line 30-45 minutes prior to the scheduled sailing time;   

·         If you are walking, please use designated cross walks at the ferry terminals and remember that although the weather will be nicer during the day, things can still be slick at times.  Please watch your step when boarding and disembarking the ferry; 

·         At the Guemes Island terminal, please wait at the very top of the ramp until all passengers have disembarked.  Many people will have wheelbarrows, strollers, dogs, etc. and the extra space on the walkway is appreciated;  

·         If you are on a bicycle, we ask that you walk your bicycle down the walkway; riding it down the grated ramp is very dangerous; 

·         If you are traveling in a large group it is extremely helpful if everyone knows the fares and, if possible, pool the cash so that only one transaction for everyone will be necessary.  If you are planning an event on Guemes Island and/or know you will have a large group traveling to Guemes, please give the ferry terminal a call at (360) 293-6433 so that our staff can answer questions and assist in the planning;  

·         Most importantly, please follow the directions of the crew members at all times; and remember, we are here to help in any way we can.



Captain Rachel Beck

Ferry Operations Division Manager

Skagit County Public Works

500 I Ave

Anacortes, WA 98221

Office: (360) 419-7618

Cell: (360) 333-1496

Fax: (360) 293-1899


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