Guemes Island Ferry Haul-Out 2021 FAQs

The Strait Arrow leaves for Guemes Island

When is the haul out?
The haul out is scheduled for Friday, May 14, through Saturday, June 12

What is the last run the Guemes Island Ferry will do before going out of service?

The last vehicle ferry run is 7:30 am, Friday, May 14. Passenger-only service will begin at 8:00 am Friday, May 14. 

Where do I catch the passenger-only boat?
You’ll catch the passenger-only boat at the same Ferry Dock location – 500 I Avenue, Anacortes. Passenger-only service will be provided by Arrow Launch. The 49-passenger vessel will operate on a first-come, first-served basis, and will run on the peak Guemes Island Ferry schedule; reservations are not accepted. Note: The car ferry will be out of service during Memorial Day weekend, so please plan accordingly.

Due to COVID-19, the 49-passenger vessel will operate at reduced capacity of 25. The Strait Arrow will make extra sailings as needed.  Well-behaved leashed dogs are allowed on the vessel, but not inside the cabin.

Is there a charge for the passenger-only service?
Yes. Peak season fares go into effect Thursday, May 20. The fares will be charged in accordance with the ferry’s peak fare schedule which can be found  here. If you regularly use the passenger ferry, we strongly encourage you to purchase 25-trip punch cards. The cards may be purchased at the ferry office and are valid for one year. 


What is the sailing schedule for the passenger-only service?
Peak season sailing schedules will go into effect Friday, May 14: Monday through Thursday, 6:30 am to 8:30 pm; Friday and Saturday, 6:30 am to 11 pm; and Sunday, 8 am to 10 pm. The schedule is available online  here.

Skagit Transit Shuttle Service
Dates of service: May 13 through June 13
Hours of service: Daily, 7 to 11:45 am & 12:30 to 5:30 pm.
Suggested fare: $1, or $.50 reduced fare, Cash or Touchpass

NOTE: No shuttle service on Memorial Day - Monday, May 31

To arrange a pickup, call Skagit Transit Dispatch at 360-757-4433, press #1, and ask for Guemes Dispatch. Please call at least 1 hour ahead of your pickup time.


Can I bring my bicycle or motorcycle onboard the passenger boat?
The passenger-only boat can accommodate bicycles. Small motorbikes and motorcycles will be allowed on a space-available basis at the Captain’s discretion. 

What if I need to get my vehicle on or off of the Island during the ferry shut down?
If you need to transport a vehicle between Anacortes and Guemes Island during the ferry haul-out, you will need to make your own arrangements. Two local companies that may be able to assist are Island Transport and San Juan Marine Freight Company. 

When is the Guemes Island Ferry scheduled to resume service?

While the vehicle ferry may return sooner, the ferry is now scheduled to resume service at 6:30 am on Saturday, June 12. 

What should I do if there is an emergency?
If you have an emergency, dial 911 right away. For more information on emergency services, please read below.

If I want to talk to someone about the ferry outage, who do I contact?
Please contact:  Rachel Rowe, Ferry Operations Division Manager 
   Email:  rrowe@co.skagit.wa.us
   Phone: (360) 416-1466; Cell Phone: (360) 333-1496 


Helpful Tips

• When loading at both the Anacortes and Guemes Island docks, please wait at the top of the ramp or designated passenger staging areas until all of the passengers have disembarked the vessel. This will help keep the loading and unloading areas clear and safe.

• If you need special accommodations or have limited mobility, please let a crewmember know. Wheelchairs will be available at the dock. You are welcome to call our office (360) 293-6433 in advance.

• Pay attention during the boarding and disembarking process and always follow the instructions of the Captains and Crew. Please be aware of your surroundings at all times and watch your step. There will be plenty of time to chat with your neighbor on the boat ride across the channel.

• If you have bicycles, small motorbikes, carts, or cargo, you will need to stow these items on the back deck of the passenger boat.

• Pets are allowed, but must be on leashes or contained within kennels, cages, etc. Pets are not allowed in the cabin. Horses are not allowed on the passenger-only vessel at any time.

• Personal folding carts can take up less room than wheelbarrows and are encouraged. Wheelbarrows will still be available at the dock.

• School children will have priority boarding on all scheduled school runs.

• Please allow yourself plenty of time to catch your desired sailing.

• Purchase walk-on punch cards at the ferry terminal in advance. 25-trip passenger punch cards offer a discount, and they are good for one year.

Parking
There have been several reports of vehicles parked in the Terminal lot being syphoned of gas. If you have an older vehicle without a locking gas cap, you should add a locking gas cap. There have also been reports of car windows broken, so don't leave anything valuable in view.

Emergency Medical
From the Guemes Island Fire Department: During this time, when there is only passenger service, the Fire Department wants to remind everyone that we will still be providing emergency services as normal, and if you are experiencing a medical or fire emergency, you should call 911 as always.

That being said we do want to encourage everyone to be diligent during this time. If you're feeling sick or believe you're having a medical emergency, don't wait to call for help. While Anacortes and the passenger only ferry will also be dispatched, their response at night could take longer. If it is a critical medical situation, the Guemes Fire Department may make a determination to call for evaluation via helicopter. Air evacuation in Skagit county is provided by both Airlift Northwest and LifeFlight. Both of these providers have insurance available that you can read more about via their website. 

Package Delivery
For the first time, USPS has said it will not deliver packages to Guemes Island during the haul-out. You must pick them up at the Post Office within 15 days or they will return the package. In the past, UPS  and FedEx have left vehicles on the island and continued to deliver as usual.