The only remaining chain driven ferry in the country, it has been in use since 1838. Three pullies keep it in line as it is being pulled across the Kalamazoo River. The operator turns a crank on the inside and this pulls the ferry along the chain. You can hop the ferry for a ride across the river and then take the walking trail to Oval Beach. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day. 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. FARE: $2.00 PER PERSON EACH WAY – CASH ONLY Children 2 and under, pets and bicycles are FREE. Pets must be on a leash. 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. Hours vary depending on weather and captain availabilty. The Chain Ferry operates Memorial Day - Labor Day. ** Majority of our captains/crew are college students and return to college late August. Hours of operation will depend on their availability.
LET'S STAY IN TOUCH
Sign Up for Our E-Newsletter
Get inspiring travel ideas, learn about new local experiences, and be the first to hear about deals for your next trip to Saugatuck/Douglas.
Seeing is Believing
Download a Visitors Guide
Download a digital version of our Visitors Guide to start exploring now.