"Mini Car Ferry to Lummi Island" Lummi Island Transportation Tip by Marianne2

Lummi Island Transportation: 1 reviews and 3 photos

  Ferry just departed mainland ferry dock
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  • Ferry just departed mainland ferry dock - Lummi Island
      Ferry just departed mainland ferry dock
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  • Mini ferry chugging toward Lummi Island - Lummi Island
      Mini ferry chugging toward Lummi Island
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  • Mt. Baker (center of clouds) seen from ferry - Lummi Island
      Mt. Baker (center of clouds) seen from ferry
    by Marianne2

Getting from the mainland Bellingham area to Lummi Island is easy on this mini ferry, which must be the smallest car ferry in Washington State, carrying only 23 vehicles. But it's like a little workhorse, with the quickest loading I've ever seen, and then chug-chug-chugging its way for the 10-minute ride from the mainland to the island (photo #2).

The cars are often so close together on the ferry that you can barely open your door to get out and gaze at the scenery. And the scenery is grand -- you can often see the Cascade Mountain range. If you look closely in photo #3, right in the center of what looks like a cloud bank is the glacier-covered peak of Mt. Baker, one of Washington's six major volcanoes, at 10.775 feet (3,284 meters).

The ferry runs at intervals of about every 20 to 60 minutes, although on weekends it will step up the number of runs depending on the number of cars needing transport. The cost is about $9 roundtrip for a car, driver and passenger. You only pay on the island-bound run. Walk-ons and cyclists are welcome.

To find the ferry dock, from the Bellingham area take Interstate-5 to exit 260. Take Slater Road west for 3 miles to a traffic light (big casino here). Turn left, and head south on Haxton Way to the ferry landing at Gooseberry Point. This drive takes about 20-30 minutes. Along the way, you will be driving through the Lummi Indian Reservation, which is interesting itself.

Mode: TO
Type: Ship/Boat
Website: http://www.lummi-island.com

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Aug 25, 2007
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