Outdoors

New Keller ferry interrupts boating, traffic at Lake Roosevelt

The Keller Ferry, which crosses Lake Roosevelt at Keller on Highway 21, is among the projects that could be funded with any economic stimulus money that comes to Washington  (The Spokesman-Review)
The Keller Ferry, which crosses Lake Roosevelt at Keller on Highway 21, is among the projects that could be funded with any economic stimulus money that comes to Washington (The Spokesman-Review)

BOATING –Lake Roosevelt’s public boat launch at Crescent Bay will be closed from 5 p.m. Tuesday (July 9) through Wednesday for the debut of Washington’s newest ferry, which will transport State Route 21 traffic across the Columbia River at Keller Ferry.

Motorists must use a 60-mile detour on alternate routes from today (July 8) through Aug. 13 as ferry service on the Keller route will be temporarily suspended to upgrade the terminals and fit them to the new $9.6 million vessel called the Sanpoil. 

Boaters in the area will be able to use the launch ramp at Spring Canyon, three miles east of Grand Coulee off State Route 174, during this closure.

The Washington Department of Transportation will launch the Sanpoil, built to replace the Martha S, a six-car ferry that’s covered the mile-long route across the Columbia River north of Wilbur for 64 years. The Marha S made it's last run on Sunday.

The Sanpoil will carry 20 cars while being more efficient, officials say.

The ferry had a crew of 2 have been an important link connect ing Lincoln and Ferry counties on Highway 21..

There will be no Keller Ferry for five weeks while ramps are improved for a new ferry to be dedicated Aug. 14. 

2013 Summer Season Services

at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area

Daisy — marina and roadside fuel pumps, store providing snacks, beverages and ice, (509) 738-2995.

Kettle Falls Marina — houseboat rental, fuel, groceries and moorage, (509) 738-6121.

Keller Ferry and Seven Bays — fuel, groceries and seasonal moorage, with houseboat rentals available out of Seven Bays, (509) 725-7229. 

Fuel at all of the above locations is ethanol-free.




Please keep it civil. Don't post comments that are obscene, defamatory, threatening, off-topic, an infringement of copyright or an invasion of privacy. Read our forum standards and community guidelines.

You must be logged in to post comments. Please log in here or click the comment box below for options.

comments powered by Disqus
Rich Landers

Rich Landers’ Outdoors blog


Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.


Follow online:


Recent posts


Close

Sections


Profile

Close

Contact the Spokesman

Main switchboard:
(509) 459-5000
(800) 338-8801
Newsroom:
(509) 459-5400
(800) 789-0029
Customer service:
(800) 338-8801