The ferry takes you to your dream spot
For over 70 years, this family owned business has served the public by providing a very needed service: namely, the saving of a lot of hiking effort!
Many of the ferry passengers are backpackers heading up to the Pacific Crest Trail (the John Muir Trail portion of the PCT is near here). Others are headed in for a lot of fun at the Muir Trail Ranch. And still others are campers looking for the ideal getaway spot somewhere near the lake.
We operate two boats. One, the venerable Sierra Queen, has been in operation since 1969. A newer, smaller boat can get you into the tight spaces when the water is low. Both boats are running on the best schedule youll find anywhere in these parts: Five runs a day, seven days a week.
From the Store end of the lake: 8:30 10:30 12:30 2:30 4:30
From the Trail end of the lake: 9:00 11:00 1:00 3:00 5:00
Times may vary due to severe weather or heavy traffic.
On Saturdays we will have additional ferry runs to accommodate traffic.
When you arrive at Florence Lake via the Kaiser Pass Road, you can park in the large paved parking lot above the store. (The store parking lot is for short-term use only.) Purchase your ticket in the Store.
If you are approaching Florence Lake from the trail, use the radiotelephone at the end of the lake to call the Store. Well send a boat for you at the next scheduled time. You can purchase your ticket when you arrive at the Store end of the lake.
Adults One Way $13.00 Round Trip $25.00 Kids (12 and under) One Way $7.00 Round Trip $13.00 Dogs (all ages) One Way $1.00 and Round Trip, $2.00 * These rates include your backpack. Additional baggage (such as camping equipment like stoves, boxes of food, tents and so on) will be assessed a charge of $.10 per pound one way.
(When you arrive at the store, check the special rates for bad dogs and lap dogs)
Adults One Way $13.00 Round Trip $25.00
Kids (12 and under) One Way $7.00 Round Trip $13.00
Dogs (all ages) One Way $1.00 and Round Trip, $2.00 *
These rates include your backpack. Additional baggage (such as camping equipment like stoves, boxes of food, tents and so on) will be assessed a charge of $.10 per pound one way.
*So how come we charge for dogs? Well, when we didnt, a lot of unscrupulous people dressed up as dogs and rode for free till we caught on!
Save Money. Skip the Ferry.
Of course, the money you save could be spent in the store for a genuine Florence Lake T-shirt, baseball cap, hat, lapel pin or other spiffy souvenir.
Meanwhile, back at the Ranch