posted May 18, 2012, 2:24 PM by Michael Stamper

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