The Lynchburg Ferry across from the Houston Ship Channel connects North and South Independence Parkway and the San Jacinto Battleground Monument. Since 1888, Harris County has provided the ferry service free of charge.
Todd Shipyard built the William P. Hobby and Ross S. Sterling ferryboats in 1964. Both ferries are 61’8" x 40’5" in length and 8’9" in depth. Their weight is 85 gross registered tonnage, and a capacity of 10 vehicles. Depending on the wind, currents and traffic the ferry can take up to 5-10 minutes to cross the ship channel.
Ferry Operating Hours
4:30 AM - 8:00 PM Monday - Friday
11:00 AM - 6:30 PM Saturday and Sunday
*Note: Two Ferries are scheduled to operate from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM Monday through Friday.
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7:00 AM - 3:30 PM Monday - Friday
Closed on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day
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Passenger Safety Rules
- Drivers cellular phone usage is prohibited while being loaded or unloaded from the ferry
- Passengers are required to remain in their vehicles at all time Per USCG
- All vehicles must shut off their engines and set parking brake
- Motorcycle riders will remain on their bikes at all times
- No more than 50 passengers or 10 vehicles are allowed
- Walk-on passengers are allowed but only after the ferry is loaded
- Speed limit while loading and unloading from ferry is 5mph
No loaded 2-axle dump trucks or trailers over 50 feet, or any single vehicle over 20,000 pounds.
The first ferry to operate in Texas waters, the Lynchburg Ferry, ranks among the oldest continually running, free-of-charge ferries in the Nation, being founded in 1822.
In 1920, the first diesel-powered, cable-free ferry boat, the Chester H. Bryan, was put in service at Lynchburg by Harris County.
In 1945, Lynchburg became the first two-ferry system in Texas with the addition of the Tex Dreyfus.
The William P. Hobby and the Ross S. Sterling that are in operation as of 2011 replaced the older ferryboats in 1964.
In 1930, the two-boat system ferried about 145,000 cars per year, while in 2004 the boats ferried, on the average, over 800,000 cars or 2,200 vehicles per day.