Merrimac Ferry opens for 2021 season


March 22, 2021 12:27 PM

Jaymes Langrehr

Posted: March 22, 2021 12:27 PM

MERRIMAC, Wis. — It’s an indication that spring is right here in Wisconsin: the Wisconsin Division of Transportation is opening the Merrimac Ferry between Sauk County and Columbia County for the season.

The ferry takes vehicles, bikes and pedestrians from Freeway 113 throughout the Wisconsin River between Merrimac in Sauk County and Okee in Columbia County 24/7, aside from a half-hour shift change at 7:30 a.m. and seven:30 p.m.

It takes about seven minutes for the ferry to cross the river, which runs so long as the water is free from ice. Final 12 months, the ferry made 35,123 journeys carrying 206,775 autos between April 20th and December 24th.

Extra pointers for the ferry are nonetheless in place for security attributable to COVID-19, together with:

Ferry passengers are inspired to stay in autos.
Motorcyclists ought to keep of their respective boarding lane and keep single file throughout the crossing.
Pedestrians and bicyclists are allowed on the ferry.
Passengers are requested to take care of distance of no less than six ft from different ferry customers all through the journey. Use of face coverings is suggested, and appreciated.
Any sanitization of the railings as passengers proceed to load and unload can be as much as particular person riders, and we encourage passengers to deliver hand sanitizer.​​​​​​
The restroom constructing on the Merrimac Ferry’s south touchdown in Columbia County is at the moment closed.

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