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Washington State Ferry System
The Washington State Ferry (WSF) is the largest ferry system in the United States, serving eight counties within Washington and the province of British Columbia in Canada. WSF’s existing system has 10 routes and 20 terminals that are served by 23 vessels that travel throughout Puget Sound and its inland waterways, carrying more than 22 million passengers to 20 ports of call in Kitsap, Pierce, King, Snohomish, Skagit, Island, San Juan and Jefferson counties. The ferries travel up and down the Sound, acting as a marine highway for commercial users, tourists and daily commuters alike. There are more than 1,500 dedicated employees who have made Washington State Ferries one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country.
Ferries can be a challenge and intimidating if you have never ridden a ferry before. Here are a few tips to make it easier:
Wait times are available online for a specific terminal. Knowing how early to arrive for a ferry may ease the stress of waiting in line. Directions to terminals are available online with specific step-by-step instructions.
Generally, terminals are set up such that you drive up to a tollbooth and ticket sellers will collect your fare. You’ll then be directed to a holding lane to wait there until the vessel is ready to load.
As you board, the mates and able-bodied seamen will direct you where to park. Follow their directions closely, as some of the car decks may feel tight and other passengers are getting out of their cars. Set your parking brake and enjoy the ride.
For more information about the Washington State Ferry system, visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries. Tickets can also be prepurchased online. Information is also available at 877-808-7977.
Washington State Park Regulations
Washington has many state parks offering numerous different outdoor activities — hike, ski, bike, boat, camp or go rock climbing. Park passes are required. For more information on state parks and rules for park visitors, visit www.parks.wa.gov.
Washington State Hunting and Fishing Regulations
For information on hunting and fishing regulations and seasons, or to purchase licenses, visit https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov.