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Posted on: June 12, 2012

Low tides will affect Pierce County ferry service July 1-8

June 12, 2012

Pierce County ferry riders in large vehicles - such as an RV, commercial truck or a vehicle towing a trailer - should plan ahead to avoid low tides from July 1-8. Load restrictions will be in place on some sailings, and riders may be asked to wait until a later sailing.

Ticket agents and crew will be checking all large vehicles that arrive during sailings affected by low tides. Some large vehicles may be loaded. Riders can call Marine Superintendent Captain Paul Crow at (253) 588-5290 to discuss which run might work best for them.

“Ferry staff and crew will work to accommodate all travelers with as little inconvenience as possible,” Crow said. “We need to be conservative during low tides to avoid damage to vehicles, ramps and the ferries.”

Restrictions on large vehicles may be in place during the following timeframes due to tidal action:

July 1: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
July 2: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
July 3: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
July 4: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
July 5: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
July 6: Noon to 5 p.m.
July 7: 1 to 5 p.m.
July 8: 2 to 5 p.m.

The Pierce County Ferry System provides service between the town of Steilacoom, Anderson Island and Ketron Island. More information about the system is available at


Captain Paul Crow, Marine Superintendent

Anne Radford, Public Works and Utilities public information officer

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