Ferry Service

The ferry takes you to your dream spot
For over 70 years, our ferryboats have served the public by providing a very desired service—eliminating a lot of hiking effort!

Many of the ferry passengers are backpackers heading to the Pacific Crest Trail. The John Muir Trail portion of the PCT is near here. Some are headed for a week-long vacation at the Muir Trail Ranch.* Others are campers heading for their ideal getaway spot near the lake.

We operate two ferryboats. One, the venerable Sierra Queen, has been in operation since 1969. It will be retired in 2021, replaced by a new boat that will get you across the lake faster and more comfortably. A smaller boat can get you into the tight spaces when the lake level is low, which happens in the Fall. There are docks at both ends of the lake for easy access.

Ferry service starts with three runs a day and changes to five runs a day between July 1 and September 6. Check below for current information. Why does lake level vary? The lake is a reservoir which is part of a hydroelectric system. As demand for electricity changes, so does the amount of water in the lake.

* Ranch stays are available by advance reservation only. You can find out about the ranch Here.


Ferry Schedule
No reservations are necessary.
There is a radio phone at the trailhead side of the lake for you use to
give us a call and let us know how many people are in your group.


Before July 1 and After September 6 3 times a day
From the Store end of the lake: 9:30 - 12:30 - 3:30
From the Trail end of the lake: 10:00 - 1:00 - 4:00

July 1 until September 6 5 times a day
From the Store end of the lake: 8:30 - 10:30 - 12:30 - 2:30 - 4:30
From the Trail end of the lake: 9:00 - 11:00 - 1:00 - 3:00 - 5:00

Ferry Rates
Adults One Way $18.00 - Round Trip $32.00
Kids (12 and under) One Way $10.00 - Round Trip $15.00
Dogs (all ages) One Way $1.00 and Round Trip, $2.00

When you arrive at the store, check the special rates for bad dogs and lap dogs)
These rates include your backpack. Additional baggage (such as camping equipment like stoves, boxes of food, tents etc.) will be assessed a charge of $.25 per pound one way.
Times may vary due to inclement weather or heavy traffic. We strive to maintain a schedule that meets your needs.
On weekends we may have additional ferry runs as needed to accommodate traffic.