Pierce County: Extreme low tides will affect ferry service

Extreme low tides predicted June 28 through July 5 could impact larges vehicles planning to ride the Pierce County ferry to Anderson Island, Ketron Island or Steilacoom. Load restrictions will be in place for large vehicles (RVs, commercial trucks and trailers) on certain sailings during those dates. Riders with large vehicles are encouraged to consult the time chart below and alter their travel if possible. If it is determined that the vehicle is too large and the tide is too low, the rider may need to wait until a later sailing.

Port Captain Paul Crow said ferry staff and crew will work to accommodate all travelers with as little inconvenience as possible. Ticket agents and crew will be checking all large vehicles that arrive during the times indicated in the chart below. Some large vehicles may be loaded, but there are no guarantees. Riders can call Crow at (253) 588-5290 if they need advice on which run might work best for them.

“We must be conservative in loading large vehicles at these low tides to avoid damage to vehicles, ramps or the two ferries,” Crow said.

Here is a chart detailing the dates and times large vehicles could be denied ferry passage:

— Tues., June 28: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

— Weds., June 29: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

— Thurs., June 30: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

— Fri., July 1: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

— Sat., July 2: 10:20 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

— Sun., July 3: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

— Mon., July 4: Noon to 4:30 p.m.

— Tues., July 5: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Pierce County Ferry System recorded total ridership of 198,791 in 2010. More information, including the sailing schedule, is available at http://www.piercecountywa.org/ferry .