Local Motion
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The Local Motion Bike Ferry is a unique way to travel across the gap in the Colchester Causeway along the Island Line Trail. The 45-foot long pontoon boat has been equipped with bike racks and comfortable seats to carry bikers and walkers between Colchester and the Hero Islands. The 200-foot wide gap in the Causeway is bridged by the Bike Ferry, turning the ride into a novel and beautiful biking experience. From downtown Burlington, you can travel by foot or by bike along the 13-mile Island Line Trail. The final three miles are on the Colchester Causeway, a strip of raised land extending into Lake Champlain that is bridged by the Local Motion Bike Ferry and surrounded by water and mountain views. The experienced crew will direct you to load your bike onto the boat and will share some fun facts about the mountain views.
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Ox1990
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Sep 2021 • Solo
What a creative way to replace a bridge! The ferry was well-run and even on a windy day felt safe a secure. The loading and unloading process was easy and the suggested donation of $5 each way was reasonable. The crew was friendly and didn't pressure those who didn't pay about their failure to make a donation.
Written September 5, 2021
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witus2018
Detroit, MI2 contributions
Aug 2022
A most incredible bike ride! Good for all levels for sure. Be aware that the trail is gravel, and that most of the ride to the ferry is the ride! Ferry is a boat that ferries you about 200 yards! Fun and GORGEOUS views but I had a different vision when starting out, so wanted to let y'all know... the causeway was much longer than I had been aware.
Written September 8, 2022
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Roger F
Cortland, NY134 contributions
Aug 2018 • Friends
Follow an old causeway rail-trail out into Lake Champlain for three miles, with water on both sides, toward an island. Then take a specially equipped pontoon boat that will accommodate both you and your bike for only about 200 feet around a gap in the causeway trail. Learn the history that goes along with this adventure. It's a great little mini-adventure that is unique. The ferry boat costs about $8.00 round trip per person/bike..
Great fun and Vermont maple ice cream on the trip is optional for an additional mile or so. Really? Why not?
Do it for a fun afternoon.
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Written August 18, 2018
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Laurie
Colchester, VT5 contributions
Oct 2020
We're blessed to have this amazing resource right in our back yard! Throughout the season, we ride our bikes north from Colchester, up the breathtaking causeway, across the cut via the jaunty bike ferry, and on to favorite activities in the islands l like a wine tasting, ice cream cones, and markets.
Written March 8, 2021
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21stCenturyPatriot
Westborough, MA16 contributions
Oct 2019
Please be advised that the Colchester Causeway over Lake Champlain is closed for major repairs until May 24, 2020. A considerable section of the trail before the causeway is also closed, so you can't even see the causeway from the bike trail.

It would have been nice if signs noting the closure had been posted way earlier on the trail up from Burlington.
Written October 21, 2019
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Richard C
Knoxville, TN99 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
One of the best bike rides ever. Island Line Trail in Burlington Vermont. Bike ferry takes bikes from one side of causeway to the other. Just adds to a great 28 or so round trip ride. Ferry runs 10-6 during summer working hours.
Written July 16, 2019
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Kerry S
19 contributions
Aug 2018 • Solo
Taking a ride on the ferry is a neat experience for serious cyclists, families with kids and so many in between. I saw so many types of cyclists (and plenty of walkers) on the causeway. The volunteers on the ferry are friendly and helpful. Woth the time for the views alone!
Written August 15, 2018
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Inspire763397
2 contributions
Aug 2021
Such a fun and unique experience while riding the trail from Burlington to South Hero. The views on the causeway can not be beat; NY on one side of you and VT mountains on the other.
Written August 22, 2021
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Adan_Lerma
Austin, TX442 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
Sometimes a local entity creates a public service at minimal cost to those using it and it then becomes first an area then state then national treasure worth maintaining - this is the case with the Island Line Bike Ferry. Sometimes very busy, sometimes waiting a bit, more often in between, the Bike Ferry is more than a service but, like a national or state park, provides access for regular people like myself and my wife to be a part of nature we would otherwise have little to no way to experience. Crossing Lake Champlain easily fits into that description. You don’t have to be riding a bicycle to use the ferry, one can also be one foot. There is a small charge, about $8 round trip for adults, but easily worth the charm of walking or biking across Lake Champlain (smiles).
Written August 30, 2018
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Parke M
Norfolk, VA70 contributions
Aug 2017 • Family
We were 4 adults and 2 small children on our way from Montreal to Saranac Lake. I had read about the Island Line Trail and thought it sounded good and is was not much of a detour. We turned off of 15 just before the border and ended crossing the border on a side road with just one agent on duty which caused a 1/2 delay. From there we rolled down Route 2 through Grand Isle to the town of South Hero. We rented bikes at Allenholn Farm and rode to the bike ferry which was not too far but the 2 year old was being fussy. the 2 kids were in a buggy which their mom pulled. the ride out on to the causeway was amazing. it's a rails to trails and definitely worth the trip!
Written August 31, 2017
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