What you can bring aboard

Washington State Ferries is here to help customers and their pets and belongings get to where they’re going. However, we want everyone to do so in a way that’s safe for all passengers. Below are several common items customers may wish to bring along during their voyage:

Bikes, kayaks and canoes

Passengers traveling with bikes, kayaks and canoes should wait near the front of the loading area, since they normally load first. Crews will direct passengers where to best place kayaks and canoes when getting on board. Those traveling with bicycles should place them in the place provided. Shoes with metal sports cleats are not permitted in passenger areas. Passengers should be careful to stay out of the way of vehicles when leaving the boat.   

For those traveling in a vehicle, there is no additional fee to add a bike rack, kayak or canoe to a standard sized vehicle as long as the total length of the car and rack is under 22 feet.

Pets

All pets should be kept in a container or kennel while in terminal buildings or interior cabin spaces on boats. However, pets are allowed to be restrained outside of their kennel on the exposed upper decks of boats on some routes. Please ask terminal staff for loading procedures, as vessel and terminal configurations vary. Animals that are not people-friendly should be muzzled or transported in a pet carrier. 

These restrictions do not apply to service animals who are trained to perform a task for those with a disability.

Items allowed on board with restrictions

The following items are allowed on board, but with restrictions:

  • Gasoline, including camp stove or lantern fuel – must be transported in a vehicle
    • Must be stored in red-colored containers with a non-spill spout that are in good condition and UL-listed or U.S. Coast Guard approved
    • No more than two 6-gallon (maximum capacity) portable containers
    • “Quick pour” containers are not allowed including those that previously held any fuel products
  • Propane tanks – total weight must not exceed 100 pounds (water weight equivalent)
    • Fixed propane tanks that are permanently installed on the frame or chassis of vehicles are not included within the allowable limit of portable propane tanks
    • In cases where vehicles are carrying both propane tanks and gasoline containers, the total amount of both fuels cannot exceed 12 gallons (water capacity)
  • Pressurized tanks – if oxygen, tank must be capped
  • Liquid oxygen – only authorized for transport on routes to and from Vashon Island (Point Defiance/Tahlequah, Fauntleroy/Vashon and Southworth/Vashon)
  • Legal firearms – WSF follows Revised Code of Washington (RCW), Chapter 9.41.050

Prohibited items

The following items are prohibited on board and at all terminals:

Should you have additional questions about what you can safely bring on board, please contact our Customer Service Center, or call us at 206-464-6400.