Open 7 days a week 'til Labor Day, 10am to 6pm
The Island Line Bike Ferry is Vermont's only bike ferry service, one of the most scenic in the world, bringing cyclists and pedestrians across "the Cut", a 200-foot gap on the beautiful Colchester Causeway. Sit back and relax for the 5 minute journey. No matter where you are coming from, north or south on the Island Line Trail, great biking, gorgeous vistas, and good food awaits you.
Three ways to get a Season Pass
2015 Ferry Schedule
SPRING: Fridays, Weekends & Holidays (May 22 -
Thursday July 23: Open 'til 9pm for the free Snow Farm Winery concert
and Bike Ferry fundraiser featuring the band "Blues for Breakfast"
FALL: Fridays, Weekends & Holidays (Sept 8 - Oct 12)
We have spots available for Volunteer Dockside Ambassadors!
Enjoy a day by the lake in the glorious sunshine! Greet bicyclists as they get ready to use the ferry. Meet interesting bikes, and even more interesting people! The ferry gets very busy on sunny days, so your help is vital for keeping everything running smoothly.
The Dockside Ambassador is responsible for selling tickets, helping direct people as they wait for the ferry at the docks, and answering questions. Visitors are often looking for trail info and maps. Along with our Captain and Deckhand, you're the face of Local Motion out at the Cut!
Weekend shifts are 2:30 - 5:30 pm. Weekday shifts are generally 4 lovely, sunny hours long; morning or afternoon.
WINOOSKI RIVER BIKE FERRY :: 1998 - 2003
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.
Fun, Food and Your Chance to Win a Personal Cruise on the Bike Ferry at the Snow Farm Vinyard Concert!
Whoops! You may have caught an error that we sent out; is the day of the benefit concert!
One-time-only this summer, plan a sunset ride on the Colchester Causeway with Local Motion’s bike ferry waiting to carry you, north or south, across ‘the Cut’, a 200-ft break in the causeway. On July 23rd Local Motion’s Bike Ferry will be open till 9pm, taking riders to and from a free concert at Snow Farm Winery with the band Blues for Breakfast.
The Bike Ferry is just a 20 minute ride away from the Snow Farm Vineyard and is the perfect family picnic destination.
With helmet decorations for kids (and big kids too!) and a bike-powered smoothie machine, you can build up your appetite for Pizza Papillo and the Sausage Shack, and quench your thirst with a smoothie you just made! Take part in a raffle for fun bike prizes and a grand prize drawing for your own personal cruise on the bike ferry (details below).
All proceeds will support the Island Line bike ferry and the Kohl’s For Kids Bike Smart program which reaches more than 5,000 Vermont 3rd thru 6th graders every year. This is one of only two dates this summer when you can enjoy the bike ferry after hours, and you can attend a free concert and have a chance to win fabulous prizes while supporting fun and safe biking for all the family.
Enter to Win your Own Personal Cruise on the Bike Ferry!
Have you ever wanted to customize your own boat cruise on Lake Champlain but never could? Well now is your chance! Enter to win a private boat ride for you and 15 of your closest friends on Local Motion’s one and only Island Line bike ferry!
The tickets are only $100 and there are only 250 tickets in total, so the odds are in your favor. Not to mention the accolades from your friends and family when you invite them along. Buy more than one ticket, and increase your chances of winning! The more tickets you buy, the greater the savings.
1 ticket = $100, 2 tickets = $190, 3 tickets = $270, 4 tickets = $340, 5 tickets = $400, 6+ $75 each
The lucky winner could decide to take an early morning sunrise boat ride, have breakfast in the middle of Lake Champlain and learn about the lakes’ incredible ecosystem or opt for a beautiful sunset ride and hear stories of old shipwrecks and sea battles that took place on Lake Champlain It is up to you, all you have to do is buy a ticket and we’ll take care of the rest!
Your hosts: Captain Brian Costello, source of many inspiring stories, historical facts and tall nautical tales, and Emily Boedecker who loves nothing more than to cater an event while floating!
(When they are not hosting guests on the bike ferry Brian is Local Motion’s Island Line Co-ordinator, and Emily is Local Motion’s Executive Director.)
All proceeds will support the Island Line Bike Ferry which serves more than 12,000 riders each year, drawing people from near and far to experience the lake from a unique perspective. Fares cover about 50% of the cost of running the ferry service, this and other fundraising efforts are vital to ongoing operations.
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