Merrimac Ferry (Colsac III)

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The Merrimac Ferry will complete its final crossing of the 2019 season at 9 a.m. on Monday, November 18. 

NOTE: Between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Wednesdays, the Merrimac Ferry will be closed for refueling. This closure is weather-permitting and subject to change.

Merrimac Ferry crosses the Wisconsin River between Sauk and Columbia counties. The ferry generally operates April to November. The Merrimac Ferry, Wisconsin's only FREE ferry:

  • Shuttles WIS 113 traffic 24 hours a day, seven days a week, between Okee on the east bank and Merrimac on the west.
  • Holds 15 vehicles at a time, in addition to bicycles and pedestrians, and in 2018 ferried over 239,783 vehicles across the river.
  • Takes about seven minutes for a single crossing.

Note: Hazardous materials, including but not limited to, agricultural nitrogen, propane in excess of 100 pounds, and fuel in excess of 100 gallons, are NOT allowed on the vessel.

Emergency and/or planned maintenance closures of the ferry will be posted on the 511 Wisconsin Travel Information website. Learn how to receive closure alerts directly to your email.

​​​Questions about the content of this page:

Merrimac Ferry Project Team
(608) 246-3872
DOTDTSDSWMerrimacFerry@dot.wi.gov