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Very Beautiful Scenery on the Willamette River

I've taken this ferry before and it's really kool, plus it's right on the Willamette River. It used... read more

Reviewed July 26, 2018
Chris B
via mobile
What a grand adventure.

Taking a small country ferry across a Marion County river was a wonderful experience. So many... read more

Reviewed March 31, 2018
Gary A
Sweet Home, Oregon
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Reviewed July 26, 2018 via mobile

I've taken this ferry before and it's really kool, plus it's right on the Willamette River. It used to be that pedestrians could ride for free but I'm not 100% sure; if it's still that way any more, but regardless; it's always Kool to take...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed March 31, 2018

Taking a small country ferry across a Marion County river was a wonderful experience. So many people miss this chance to see a different type of adventure. The ride isn't all that long but just being able to traverse the river on a small ferry...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Gary A
Reviewed February 17, 2018 via mobile

We love the Ferry 💕 we used it while moving, during the our move it’s operators are awesome too. It’s a couple minutes of relaxation 😎❤️

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank JJHartzell
Reviewed September 6, 2017

A great way to cross the river. You can use it to complete a bike loop from Salem, Independence or Corvallis. Just up the hill in Buena Vista is a nice place for lunch or dinner (check the open hours and days.)There is a good...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank BRuce M
Reviewed June 22, 2017

This is a great way to get across the river. Nice, smooth ride even tho the water was high. Great view down the river too!

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank thompsonbrenk
Reviewed June 16, 2017 via mobile

Friendly service and great views of the Willamette river. A great short cut to I-5 and Salem from Buena Vista Road! $3.00 fare for passenger cars one way.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank 898oliverp
Reviewed October 19, 2016

Great for your country drive, or bicycling/motorcycling Rogue Hop Farms is somewhat close so there is that for a destination (food/wine/beer) Hours are 7-7 unless there is high or very low water.

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank Jaybo700R
Reviewed August 4, 2016

With family on both sides of the river, the ferry makes going from one place to the other much more convenient. Without it, we add 30 minutes to our travel time by having to go all the way around to the bridge! The staff are...More

Date of experience: June 2016
1  Thank Heather P
Reviewed July 27, 2016

The Buena Vista Ferry is like something out of the past. $3 gets you and your car a ride across the Willamette River. $1 for bikes. Be sure to look for the ospreys. There are active nesting platforms on both sides of the river.

Date of experience: July 2016
1  Thank banderson2016
Reviewed July 1, 2016 via mobile

A Must Do! We ( Joan & I ) always enjoy a leasurely drive in the country. A ferry ride is always an enjoyable experience, especially when its free. An evening trip is the best time especially when on a date. We heartedly reccomend the...More

Date of experience: July 2016
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June 26, 2016|
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Response from Anne K | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it will be in service then. Have fun, and maybe cherries will be for sale on the other side, uphill from the park.
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May 17, 2016|
Response from Anne K | Reviewed this property |
The Buena Vista Ferry is open 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., barring unusually high waters, which rarely occur in May. The cost is $3.00 one way for a 22 ft. long vehicle. Have fun!