The Local Motion Bike Ferry

Island Line Bike Ferry Late Summer/Fall Schedule

The Bike Ferry reopens at 10 AM on August 12 for the 2020 season. The massive causeway reconstruction project is complete and welcomes walkers and riders once again to enjoy the spectacular trail across Lake Champlain connecting the mainland to South Hero Island. Local Motion crew is taking precautions this year by instituting protocols designed to keep passengers and staff safe. Face masks will be required onboard and social distancing will be maintained resulting in 8 passengers/bike per trip rather than the normal 20. Extensive cleaning of frequently touched surfaces will be the order of the day. 

We will not be physically collecting money or making the change onboard or shore side. We ask passengers to leave donations in designated receptacles to help cover the significant costs of running our service. Thank you to season pass holders who have already helped support our service.  In recognition of your support, you will receive a complimentary pass for the 2021 season.  

Click here to make a tax-deductible donation to support the Bike Ferry.

We do not accept credit cards on the Causeway

2020 Schedule  

Daily service from August 12 thru Sept 7 - 10 AM to 6 PM

Weekend service Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays beginning Friday, September 11 thru Sunday, October 18 - 10 AM to 6 PM

Call (802)-861-2700 (option 2) for questions.

*Schedule is subject to change due to weather and other circumstances beyond our control.


The ferry doesn't run on love alone...though we wish it did. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation to support the Bike Ferry. Thank you for your support!


Island Line Trail, South Hero, VT 05486 

Your Route to the Bike Ferry

The Island Line Trail ranks as one of the most scenic vistas in the world and is some of the easiest riding and walking terrains in all of Vermont. Superb biking, walking, gorgeous views, trails, farms, and good food await you along the Island Line Trail. The Trail starts south of downtown Burlington in Oakledge Park and parallels the lakeshore past nature reserves and across the Colchester Causeway via the Bike Ferry. Our specially equipped bike ferry, the Bill and Carole Hauke 2, will carry you comfortably across the 200 foot "cut" whether you are heading south from the Islands or north from the Burlington/ Colchester area. 

See the Island Line Map

Looking for more cycling routes in the Champlain Area?

The Lake Champlain Bikeways maps cover dozens of possible cycling loops in Grand Isle County, Chittenden County, Franklin County, Addison/Rutland/Windsor Counties, Essex County (NY), and Clinton County (NY). They feature some 1,636 total network miles for bicyclists.

Check out the Bikeways Map!

Volunteer at the Bike Ferry!

Local Motion's Bike Ferry, located 10 miles from Burlington on the beautiful Colchester Causeway, needs volunteer Dockside Ambassadors! Greet passengers, sell tickets, and provide tourist info to the best of your knowledge. Receive training on-site when you arrive for your shift. For every volunteer shift you work, you'll receive one free pass for the Bike Ferry

Learn more about volunteering here!

Bike Ferry History

The Bike Ferry and the Island Line Trail are rich in Vermont history. Click here to learn more about how this historic rail trail turned into a beloved bike path ridden by visitors and locals alike! 

Got Questions? 

Find the answers to your most pressing questions about the Local Motion Bike Ferry on our Ferry FAQ page. Still don't have the answer you are looking for? Please reach out to us at

Special Groups

Interested in using our bikes or bike ferry for a special event, corporate outing, wedding, etc.? Learn more here!