Merrimac Ferry (Colsac III)

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The Merrimac Ferry is open for the 2019 season!

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 will remain open until ice forms on the Wisconsin River. 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