Whatcom Chief

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Whatcom Chief en route to Gooseberry Point

The Whatcom Chief is a ferry in Washington State, United States.[1][2] The ferry carries both pedestrians and vehicles to Lummi Island from Gooseberry Point west of Bellingham, Washington.

The Gooseberry Point terminal is situated on land belonging to the Lummi Nation.[3] A 35-year lease was agreed between Whatcom County and the Lummi Nation in September 2011. John Stark, writing in The Bellingham Herald, criticized Whatcom County for the cost of the lease, and for failing to push the Lummi Nation to take it to court by interpreting some Federal precedence that may have allowed access to the ferry terminal without a leasing fee.

Normally the voyage takes eight minutes.[4] The ferry can accommodate 20 vehicles and 100 pedestrian passengers. The ferry service is occasionally disrupted due to bad weather.[5]


  1. ^ Caleb Hutton (2011-11-29). "Lummi ferry to be out of service at night until". The Bellingham Herald. Retrieved 2012-03-12.  mirror
  2. ^ "Lummi Island Ferry". Whatcom County Public Works. Retrieved 2010-12-21.  mirror
  3. ^ John Stark (2011-09-15). "Whatcom County Council OKs new Lummi Island ferry lease". The Bellingham Herald. Retrieved 2012-03-12.  mirror
  4. ^ Mike McQuade (2011-04-27). "Go for a hike, a loop on a bike or a world-class meal on Lummi Island". Seattle Times. Retrieved 2012-03-12. The Whatcom Chief ferry, operated by Whatcom County, holds 20 cars and 100 passengers. Crossing time is eight minutes. Round-trip fares are $13 for car and driver, plus $7 per passenger. Walk-ons and cyclists: $7. 
  5. ^ Kelly Robbins (2011-09-27). "500 lose power in storm". Western Front. Retrieved 2012-03-12. The Whatcom Chief, the ferry running from Gooseberry Point to Lummi Island, intermittently stopped the over the course of the day as winds fluctuated.  mirror

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