Ferries in Washington (state)

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The U.S. state of Washington is home to a number of public and private ferry systems, most notably the state-run Washington State Ferries.


Due to Washington's geography which features large, deep bodies of water with many peninsulas and islands, ferries are a natural means of connecting communities in the region.

Washington State Ferries[edit]

Washington State Ferries, owned and operated by the Washington State Department of Transportation, serves communities on Puget Sound and in the San Juan Islands. It is the largest fleet of passenger and automobile ferries in the United States and the third largest in the world.

Other ferries in Washington[edit]

Publicly operated[edit]


Many private ferries exist to serve residents of islands throughout Puget Sound and beyond into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. For example:


King County Water Taxi and Downtown Seattle


  • From 2004 to April 2007, a private company, the Kitsap Ferry Co., provided passenger-only ferry service between Bremerton and Seattle, during weekday commute times. The service was canceled due to high costs and lack of support from Kitsap Transit, whose district voters failed to pass a sales tax increase for the foot ferry.
  • The most recent run between Kingston and Seattle, called Aqua Express, shut down after two years of unprofitable service. Port of Kingston's SoundRunner service operated Spirit of Kingston between Kingston and downtown Seattle, but it too has ceased operations and the Spirit of Kingston has been purchased by the King County Ferry District. West Seattle to the Seattle central business district and Bremerton to Seattle have been other passenger-only routes attempted by private enterprise.
  • The M/V El Matador crossed the channel of Grays Harbor, from Ocean Shores to Westport during summer months. It was discontinued in 2008 due to the fact that the Ocean Shores Marina has not been dredged, and the vessel is unable to enter without having problems.[10]
  • Vessels geared to tourists ran from Port Angeles to Victoria, British Columbia, and were operated by Victoria Express until it ended its passenger service in 2010.


  1. ^ "Guemes Island Ferry". Skagit County, Washington. Archived from the original on 2007-10-06. 
  2. ^ "Pierce County's Ferry fleet". Pierce County, Washington. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. 
  3. ^ "McNeil Island Ferry Schedule". Washington State Department of Corrections. 
  4. ^ "Kitsap Transit Foot Ferry". Kitsap Transit. Archived from the original on 2007-08-08. 
  5. ^ "The Keller Ferry in Eastern Washington". WSDOT. 
  6. ^ Coho ferry
  7. ^ Hat Island Community (2009). "Ferry Info". Retrieved 20 September 2009. 
  8. ^ "King County dives into foot ferries", Seattle Times November 14, 2007 (accessed May 31, 2008)
  9. ^ http://www.ladyofthelake.com/index.php?page_id=1
  10. ^ "Ocean Shores-Westport summer ferry service grounded", The Daily World via The Seattle Times, Aberdeen, Washington, April 16, 2008, archived from the original on 2014-01-09 

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