Peak Season Fares And Schedule In Effect
The peak season starts May 20, 2019 and will end September 30, 2019.

Peak Season Schedule  •   Peak Season Fares

Consultants To Study Ferry Operations
BERK Consulting and KPFF will analyze  current and future ferry operations and service. The study will address staffing, ticketing, loading/unloading, vehicle queuing, parking and more. BERK and KPFF will work with the County ferry staff, the Guemes Island Ferry Committee and island residents. Two meetings with BERK and KPFF to discuss your ideas for ferry service improvement:
Public Works, Guemes Island Ferry Committee, BERK and KPFF
Thursday, June 13, 4 pm, Anacortes Library
Community Meeting With Commissioners, BERK and KPFF
Wednesday, July 17, 6 pm, Community Center

$1.5M Towards Electric Ferry Shore Power
"Washington State legislature approves $1.5M for Guemes Ferry shoreside charging infrastructure...Skagit County expects to spend a total of $3.8 million on construction of shoreside infrastructure to provide electric charging capacity for the new Guemes Island Ferry." [Read more]

Skagit County Announces Ferry Dock Repairs
"Phase 2, is expected to go to bid in June 2019, with construction anticipated to start in September 2019. This project will address a number of items on both docks, including the repair of the apron gusset plates, and replacement of the counterweight cables and sheaves, apron hinge pins, and headframe handrails, among other items." [Read more]

Again At The Bottom Of The Bridge Report
Skagit County Public Works recently released the 2019 Bridge Report. Despite assurances last year that repairs would be made, once again the Guemes Ferry Docks (both sides) are the lowest rated structures ("structurally deficient") in the County. Both have a rating of 24.1 out of 100.
The Baker Creek Bridge is the only lower rated structure at 20.9 and the next lowest is at 48.6. The concern for the dock on Guemes is the apron gusset plate which is badly worn and designated "failure critical", that is "a steel load path member in tension...whose failure would probably cause a portion or the entire bridge to collapse." -Bridge Report. Mr. Randall-Grutter explained that Skagit County has allowed both ferry docks to deteriorate due to "insufficient funds". Public Works says "hopefully next year." [2018]2019 Bridge Report

The Black Bear Left Guemes Island
"“The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reports one of the first sightings in early April on the east side of Camano Island. The bear walked west and swam across Saratoga Passage, landing on Whidbey Island. Then he walked west where he was spotted at Fort Casey State Park, then turned north and was seen in the Penn Cove area.  He continued walking until he reached water again, at which point he swam Skagit Bay and landed on Fidalgo Island.  From there his journey didn't end. He walked toward Anacortes where he hit the water again and swam to Guemes Island. From there his journey is a bit unknown, but wildlife officials believe he island hopped until he turned up on Orcas Island at Olga...State wildlife officials believe he's probably made another swim and may even be in Canada by now.” - kingtv

Remembering George Rolfe

Remembering Tom Winn

Notice of Development Application: O'Neil, May 21
"...critical areas variance application to reduce the standard 110 foot buffer to 55 feet on a Category III wetland..." [Read more]

Guemes Island Property Sales  LAST SALE: 5.10.19

From Our Island Organizations

Guemes Island Historical Society

Guemes Island Planning Advisory Committee

Monday, June 3, 2019
6:30 PM