The peak season starts May 20, 2016 and will end September 30, 2016.  During the peak season vehicle and passenger traffic increases significantly; therefore, please give yourself plenty of time to catch your desired sailing.  It is highly recommended that you arrive in line 30 minutes prior to your scheduled departure.  During the peak season, the ferry has an extra staff person on every day from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The best time to purchase punch cards at the terminal is between 9:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. in the morning and between 12:45 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. in the afternoon.


Here are a few other tips to help make the peak season flow more smoothly:


Please be in your vehicles at least 15 minutes prior to departure.

Tickets will be sold at the vehicles, unless you are paying with a credit card in which case you will need to come into the office.

Purchasing a punch card can make everyone’s lives easier; they are available for walk-ons or vehicles and can be purchased at the terminal or through the mail.

Always follow the directions of the crew; they are here to make sure your trip is safe.

Please note that vehicles and passengers are never loaded at the same time.  Walk-ons are generally loaded first, and once vehicles start loading, the walk-ons may be asked to wait until all vehicles are loaded.

NEVER drive while on your cell phone or with pets or children in your lap.

Please remember to turn off your headlights when you arrive in line and during boarding.


For more information on schedules and fares, please visit or

If you have any questions, please call our ferry office at (360) 293-6433.


Captain Rachel Rowe

Ferry Operations Division Manager

Skagit County Public Works


Anacortes Terminal – 500 I Ave. Anacortes, WA 98221

Ferry Office: (360) 293-6433   Cell: (360) 333-1496 

Direct Line: (360) 416-1466     Fax: (360) 293-1899