Ferry routes on Pamlico Sound resume full summer schedules Friday

Published 5:06 pm Thursday, June 30, 2022

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The North Carolina Ferry System’s Swan Quarter-Ocracoke and Cedar Island-Ocracoke ferry routes resume full summer service on Friday, July 1, 2022 after completion of critical dredging in Bigfoot Slough, just outside the Ocracoke-Silver Lake Terminal.

According to a press release from the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Dredge Merritt performed the dredging over the past two weeks. Dredging was needed to alleviate shoaling that had made the ferry channel too shallow to safely operate the Ferry System’s largest vessels.

As of July 1, the full summer schedule will be:

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Cedar Island-Ocracoke: 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Ocracoke-Cedar Island: 7:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Swan Quarter-Ocracoke: 7 a.m., 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Ocracoke-Swan Quarter: 7 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:45 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.

Reservations are highly recommended during the busy summer season, stated the release. Travelers can make reservations online at www.ncferry.org or by phone at 1-800-BY-FERRY.

Real-time updates on weather or mechanical delays on the Cedar Island and Swan Quarter routes can be found on the Twitter feed @NCFerryPamSound.