Local Motion's Island Line Bike Ferry

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.


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Three ways to get a Season Pass

  • Click the blue button above and pay with your credit card online-- we'll mail the pass to you
  • Ride to the Cut on a day the Ferry is running and purchase your pass from the crew on the spot
  • Purchase your pass from Local Motion's Trailside Center, located on the waterfront bike path in Burlington, 10am to 6pm, 7 days a week
2015 Ferry Schedule

-- 10 am to 6 pm --


SPRING: Fridays, Weekends & Holidays (May 22 - June 11)

SUMMER: 7 Days a Week (June 12 - Sept 7)


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)







Interested in Volunteering Out at the Ferry?

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.  


Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on VolunteerSpot





Bike Ferry History

WINOOSKI RIVER BIKE FERRY :: 1998 - 2003Winooski_River_Bike_Ferry_at_Auers

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; Thursday July 23rd is the day of the benefit concert! 



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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


Buy Your Raffle Tickets Now!


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!

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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.


The fine print:

  • There is only one grand prize, and one winner

  • Maximum number of guests is 16 - the winner and 15 friends

  • During daily service service (June 12-September 7), cruise times are restricted to morning and evening

  • Pick-up and drop-off locations in Mallet’s Bay include the Causeway or at a private dock if sufficient depth and facilities are available.

  • Catering included, BYOB.  

  • Cruise must be taken within one year of winning

  • Final tickets will be sold and drawing will be held at Snow Farm Vineyard concert, Thursday July 23 2015.

With thanks to Carolyn Bates for photographs of the bike ferry in operation.


Bike Ferry Wind & Weather

”Colchester Reef” is a nearby weather station on the lake.

Interested in receiving bicycle guide maps for the Lake Champlain Region?

Click here for more info.

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Ferry Fares

The ferry doesn't run on love alone... though we wish it did!  The service costs about $154,000/yr for 114 days of service-- and fares cover about 50%. Thanks for your support!



Adults: $8

Youth (7-17): $5

6 and Under: Free. 



$40 for adults, $25 for youth age 17 and under . Available at the Ferry & Trailside Center.

Contact charlene@localmotion.org802-861-2700 X103, with questions. 

Buy your Bike Ferry Season Pass here!



For groups larger than 20 please email Brian@localmotion.org or call 802-861-2700 x110.

*see full fare policy below*


View Bike Ferry Map on google maps here

Ferry & Islands Article

Dig In VT blogger Sheila McGrory-Klyza wrote a story about her time on the Bike Ferry and in the Champlain Islands. Click here to read it.

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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