New for 2014 Daily Summer Service!

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Spring is here and we are putting the finishing touches on Local Motion's Island Line Bike Ferry service! With new wave attenuating docks and a new 16-passenger boat, we will operating one hundred days for the 2014 season! 

Whether you are a returning bike ferry passenger or a first time rider, this is the summer to ride! Opening day is May 24, and daily serivce begins June 14 through Labor Day.
 2014 Schdule:
Spring: May 24- June 8, 2014
10 am to 6 pm - Weekends & Holidays

Summer: June 14 - Sept 1, 2014
10 am to 6 pm - Daily Service

Fall: Sept 6 - Oct 13, 2014
10 am to 6 pm - Weekends & Holidays 

Flood Damage Cancelled 2011 & 2012 Seasons


With significant flood damage to the Colchester - South Hero causeway section of the Island Line Trail, Local Motion cancelled the entire 2011 & 2012 Bike Ferry seasons. Both the southern causeway section owned by the Town of Colchester and the northern causeway section owned by VT Fish & Wildlife Department sustained extensive erosion damage. Click here for photos of the damage.


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While it was a set back and financial challenge to cancel our 10th and 11th year of demonstration ferry service across the cut in the causeway, it gave Local Motion and trail managers the opportunity to focus on comprehensive repairs and improvements that will enable full-season ferry service. Thank you to VBT Bicycling & Walking Vacations for underwriting Local Motion’s continued ferry development.




To help trail managers fund the repairs to the Burlington Bike Path and the Colchester - South Hero Causeway, stakeholders launched a ‘Friends of the Island Line Trail’ committee and a related charitable fund.  FEMA funding required a 25% local match and host communities did not have this funding in their current budgets. As a result, residents and local businesses stepped up to raise critical matching funds.  2011 and 2012 included more than a dozen successful fundraising events which enabled us to reach our goal to see the 2011 damages repaired and move forward with our vision of a viable bike ferry service.


Special recognition goes out to the owners and stewards of the causeway and its' approaches - the Town of Colchester, and the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife. Without their support, partnership, and on-going investment in the major repairs, ongoing maintenance and improvement of this truly unique linear park, the Bike Ferry would not be possible. Their efforts ensure that the Island Line Trail is a safe and enjoyable experience for all local users, as well as for visitors from around the state and around the world! We would also like to recognize the Town of South Hero for their support over the years, most recently, for taking action to make South Street safer for cyclists by lowering speed limits, installing share-the-road signage, and increasing shoulder widths by narrowing vehicle lanes, a proven traffic-calming measure.


Bike Ferry History

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Local Motion's first bike ferry ran across the mouth of the Winooski River between Delta Park in Colchester and the Auer Family Boat House in Burlington.  It all started when Brian Costello stopped Chapin Spencer on Burlington's College Street in 1997.  Brian told Chapin of his vision to connect the Colchester Causeway Park with the Burlington Bike Path.  Brian donated a motor and Chapin donated a boat.  Charlie and Christine at Auer's Boat House agreed to host the ferry service.  Governor Dean and community leader Bill Hauke were a couple of our first passengers in 1998.



2014 Bike Ferry Schedule

Sat, Sun & Holidays
May 24th - June 8th

10am - 6pm

June 14th - Sept 1st

10am - 6pm

Sat, Sun & Holidays
Sept 6th - Oct 13th
10am - 6pm

Ferry Fares

The ferry doesn't run on love alone... though we wish it did!  The service costs about $100,000/yr -- and fares cover about 40%.  Thanks for your support!



Adults: $8 ($6 for LM Members) Youth (7-17): $5 ($4 for LM Members) 6 and Under: Free Want to join and save?  Click here!



Available at the Ferry & Trailside Center. Season passes will go on sale May 1st. 



For groups larger than 20 please email or call 802-861-2700 x110.

*see full fare policy below*


View Bike Ferry Map on google maps here

Ferry Travel Article

The Toronto Star published a nice travel piece about what it's like to ride the Bike Ferry. Click here to read it.

Wind Conditions

Until major upgrades are made in 2014, the Bike Ferry remains unable to operate in high wind / high wave conditions. When the wind is from the South and blowing over 15mph, please check the ferry's operating status before heading out on the trail. Thanks.

More on Ferry Fare Policy

In addition to the fare information above, we offer the following detail: 

The fares listed above and through other channels are suggested fares.  We acknowledge that many people arrive at the cut in the causeway without money or with not enough money.  Some trail users arrive at 'the cut' not knowing that a ferry ride is needed to get to the adjacent community.  Others in our community, for economic reasons, are unable to afford the full fare amount.  For all of these reasons, we will welcome passengers to board who are unable to pay the full fare.  We will offer them remittance envelopes for the opportunity to send in money when and if they are able.  Local Motion believes this bike/pedestrian ferry serves as an important transportation and recreational resource in the region and should be able to be enjoyed by all.  This policy seeks to balance the needs of the community with the financial needs of providing this service. 

For more information, please contact Local Motion (802-861-2700).

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