Bike Ferry Opening Day: Friday, May 22!

The Bike Ferry will run Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from May 22 to June 7, and starting June 12, we'll be carrying passengers across seven days a week until Labor Day.  

Hours are 10am-6pm.


We're your connection between Burlington/Colchester and South Hero/Lake Champlain Islands. Whether you're traveling down from the north or up from the south, plan a trip on the Island Line, and experience one of the most beautiful trails in the country. 


Click here to check it out on google maps.


2015 Ferry Schedule

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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2015 Schedule:


-- 10 am to 6 pm --


Spring (May 22 - June 7):  Fridays, Weekends & Holidays

Summer (June 12 - Sept 7) Daily Service

Fall (Sept 11 - Oct 12):  Fridays, Weekends & Holidays





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.



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?

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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 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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