Ferry riders in the San Juans will be able to enjoy the trip even more when Washington State Ferries summer schedule begins Sunday, June 25, 2017. Changes include addition of another vessel, better connections to Anacortes and Friday Harbor during commute hours and the opening of the Samish's sun deck.
The Yakima's 12:25pm departure from Orcas to Shaw and Anacortes is an estimated 45 minutes behind schedule due to slower speed of the vessel. This will delay the 1:55pm departure from Anacortes to Orcas. Washington State Ferries apologizes for any inconvenience. For updates visit WSF's Bulletin page for updates.
Memorial Day weekend travel More than 310,000 travelers are expected to hop aboard a Washington State ferry during the Memorial Day weekend. On most routes, drivers can expect peak travel times westbound Thursday and Friday and eastbound Monday, May 29.
WSF added extra service between Anacortes and Orcas to help meet demand to and from the San Juan Islands. Be sure to double check the sailing schedule for Memorial Day as many routes will be on a holiday schedule. If possible, walk or bike on to reduce or eliminate wait times.
If you do drive, it’s a good idea to arrive an extra 60-90 minutes before the scheduled sailing, and keep an eye on Twitter (@WSFerries) for the latest ferry alerts and travel conditions.
SEATTLE – Ready, Set, Wear It! Life Jacket World Record Day is this Saturday, May 20, and it’s the kickoff of National Safe Boating Week. Washington State Parks Boating Program, the United States Coast Guard and Washington State Ferries have joined forces to set a new record for the greatest number of people wearing life jackets in a single location. With the public’s help and 1,500 life jackets at the ready aboard the brand new state ferry, Chimacum, the current record of 1,046 life jacket wearers, is in serious jeopardy.
Planning on traveling to or from the San Juan Islands for 4th of July or Labor Day. The first 30 percent of spaces on each sailing for the Summer Schedule opened up for reservations Tuesday, April 25, 2017.
On the first day 16,080 reservations for summer travel were made for the San Juans/Anacortes/Sidney B.C. route and the Port Townsend/Coupeville route. As of Wednesday, May 3 there are still some spaces left for early morning or late evening travel to the islands for Friday, June 30, Saturday, July 1, Sunday, July 2. There are more spaces available during the day on Thursday, June 29, and Monday, July 3.