Chain Ferry


Hours are subject to captain availability. The chain ferry operates in fair weather only – it does not operate in

strong winds, heavy current, electrical storms or heavy rain.



Children 2 and under, pets and bicycles are FREE.

The chain ferry DIANE is a U.S. Coast Guard documented vessel. It cannot carry more than 24 passengers at one time, and cannot carry more than 10 children 90 lbs. and under at one time.


Friday, May 22nd NOON to 9 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday, May 23 & 24 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

MEMORIAL DAY: Monday, May 25 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday, May 29th NOON to 9 p.m.

Saturday, May 30th 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Sunday, May 31st 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday, June 5th & 12th NOON to 9 p.m.

Saturday, June 6th 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Sunday, June 7th 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Monday, June 8th thru Thursday, June 11 Noon to 6 p.m.

Saturday, June 12th thru August 21st 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

* *In August chain ferry closes ½ hour prior to sunset.

August 24th thru August 28, August 30 & 31, September 1 thru4 Noon – 6 p.m.**

Saturday, August 29th and September 5th** 9 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Sunday, September 6th** 9 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Labor Day, Monday, September 7th** 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


** Majority of our captains/crew are college students. Hours of operation will depend on their availability.

If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Marilyn@ 269-857-4261 – Chain Ferry Manager


  • CAPACITY:  24 + Captain and Crew
  • Can only take 10 children 90 lbs. and under at one time.
  • Ferry runs on demand – stand on ferry landing so crew knows you wish to cross.
  • How long does ferry stay on one side of the river?  Approximately 10 minutes after they get there.
  • Can you take bikes?  Yes
  • Can you take strollers?  Yes
  • Can you take mopeds?  No – Sorry, anything that is motorized is not accommodated on the chain ferry.  (Reasons – not sure if you want to include – weight and possibly injury that can be caused if someone brushes up against hot exhaust pipe.)
  • Smoking?  No
  • How late does the ferry run?  Closes 1/2 hour prior to sunset.  Leave east side to go to west side 10 minutes before posted closing time.  Leaves west side to east side 5 minutes prior to posted closing time.  Ferry is not licensed to run after dark.
  • Captains carry a U.S.C.G. license made specifically for the chain ferry.
  • Crew is first aid and CPR trained.
  • Ferry may run limited schedule is wind/current is strong, but not strong enough to shut down.
  • Ferry shuts down at the first sight of lightening and remains closed until 30 minutes after the last lightening strike.
  • Crew will shut down ferry operation for 20 minutes for a lunch break mid-shift.  Times will be posted when they will be closed.
  • Chain is continuous and 400’ long.  Goes thru a series of gears and that is what pulls it from one side of the river to the other.


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