Merrimac Free Car Ferry Is Open!
We know spring has sprung when the Merrimac Free Ferry (Colsac III) is again tugging its way back and forth across the Wisconsin River! The ferry kicked off the new season yesterday. This little 15 car ferry crosses the Wisconsin River between Sauk and Columbia counties connecting Hwy 113 on either side. A single crossing takes about 7 minutes. While the free ferry is an important travel connection between the Baraboo Hills & Lodi area, the Colsac III is probably most known as a unique, tourism attraction for vacationers. (The Ferry is about a 10 minute drive from Devil’s Lake’s north shore.)
Now if you don’t actually NEED to cross the river, the best way to enjoy the ride is by simply parking your car in the (free) side lots and walking onto the ferry for the 20-30 minute round trip (Depending on loading times). Of course, in the summer months it’s nearly mandatory to stop by one of the ice cream shops on either side of the crossing. A night ride on the ferry is another popular excursion.
The Merrimac Ferry will now run 24 hours a day, 7 day’s a week until Lake Wisconsin freezes up once again next winter. Lines can get quite long during peak summer travel times and weekends, so keep that in mind when planning a visit. It’s worth repeating, during peak use it’s often a good idea to take the “park and walk on” option if your goal is simply to enjoy the boat ride.
* Trailers, motorcycles, bicycles, hikers all welcome; no “semis.”
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