Getting to Lopez:
The Washington State Ferry (WSF) system allows reservations to be made for travel from Anacortes to Lopez Island and they are highly recommended especially from May through September. Please be sure to check out the information at their website: About the Reservation System.
Release dates: Reservation spaces will be released in groups: one-third 2 months before a new schedule goes into effect, one-third 2 weeks prior to a sailing and one-third 2 days prior to a sailing. Spaces are released at 7AM (PST).
Availability: Remember that when you first try to book a reservation, it may appear that there is no space on the sailing you want. But if you wait until the next release date to get a reservation (2 weeks or 2 days before) you may be able to reserve a spot. Also, there is at least 10% standby space available on every sailing. Depending on the number of reservation cancellations, this number can be higher. On the day of your sailing, the Anacortes Space Availability chart is very helpful.
Travel tips: WSF hopes that the reservation system will reduce congestion in Anacortes. But there still may be waiting lines to reach the ticket booth, so be sure to allow extra time. You must go through the ticket booth in order to pay your fare. You must arrive at the ferry and be through the ticket booth no later than 30 minutes prior to sailing in order to use your reservation. We recommend getting there 60 to 90 minutes in advance to make sure you have time to get through the lines and onto your chosen ferry. If you miss your reserved ferry, you can still show up and travel stand-by. If you missed your reservation, be sure to show the person at the ticket booth your reservation confirmation so you will get credit for traveling on the same day and avoid the no-show fee.
No Show Fee: If you make a reservation and don’t use it on the intended day, you will be charged a $10 No-Show fee (for standard vehicles. More for longer vehicles).
Changes/Cancellations: Reservations can be changed up to 2 hours before sailing time – but it’s best to do it the day before to avoid confusion. You can cancel your reservation without penalty up until 5 p.m. the day before your reserved sailing. There is one free change after 5 p.m. of the previous day, but it has to be done before the lockout period, which is 2 hours before sailing time.
General Release Policy
|WSF releases the reservation space in multiple tiers, as follows:
||% Regular Height Space Available
||% Tall Height Space Available
||2 months before the schedule begins for all sailings for that season.
||2 weeks prior to sailing*
||2 days prior to sailing*
*Reservation space is released at 7:00 a.m. For example, spaces on a 5:00 p.m. sailing on Wednesday are released at 7:00 a.m. on Monday.