(January 1 through March 25)
Lopez to Anacortes Ferry Schedule and Car Quotas Explained
Cars leaving Lopez Island and heading back to Anacortes cannot make a ferry reservation. It is a first come, first served system. The smaller the car quota, the longer the wait. A large quota of 80-100 plus cars generally requires being in line one hour ahead of the sailing time. Morning sailings with very low quotas may require over two hours of lead time. If you are trying to catch an early morning ferry with a low quota, one strategy is to get in line for the ferry that leaves before the ferry you want to catch. This way, you might make it on the earlier ferry or be one of the first cars in line for the ferry you wanted to take.
Generally, there is less wait time for off-season ferry sailings, and some higher-quota boats do not fill their quotas. Summer season demand is much greater, and even the higher quota boats may require more than an hour. All holidays require longer wait times.