EVERETT — Daydreaming beachgoers can start booking summer visits to Jetty Island again.
The quick ferry ride’s season runs Wednesday, July 6, through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5. Other than the one holiday Monday, the ferry is available 10 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
Reservations are required and cost $3 per person plus tax. Children 2 and under can board for free.
People board via the Jetty Landing next to the Port of Everett’s 10th Street boat launch. Parking is free for the first two hours, or visitors can buy a $2 parking pass when making reservations for eight hours.
Everett Transit’s Route 6 connects Everett Station to the waterfront at 13th Street and Marine View Drive, just a few blocks from the Jetty Landing dock.
Those who show up without a reservation can wait on standby.
Last year the port, city of Everett and Snohomish County collaborated to resume the ferry runs after taking summer 2020 off amid the pandemic. Argosy Cruises operates the ferry on a contract with the city for around $100,000 a year.
But the city struggled to recover even 20% of the cost through donation-based fares. Instead, the port and county stepped in to revive it last year, with the port covering the cost and retaining reservation revenue.
Jetty Island, a two-mile breakwater just offshore from Everett, is open year-round to visitors who can get there by boat, canoe, kayak or paddle board. There are no lifeguards, so enter the water carefully and safely.
Alcohol, camping, glass containers and pets aren’t allowed. Wheeled carts have a hard time in the sand paths, so the port recommends people pack what they can carry in and carry out (food, sunscreen, water).
Campfires can be built only in designated areas.
The port also offers four one-hour tours that take riders along the working waterfront. They are scheduled July 21 and 28, and Aug. 4 and 11.
Correction: An earlier version had the incorrect start times for reservations, which begin at 10 a.m.