(Columbia County) The Merrimac ferry will be closing for the season Monday at 7 am. It has been in operation since 1848 and was taken over by Sauk and Columbia counties in 1924. The state’s Department of Transportation took charge in 1933.
It began as a wooden ferry but evolved over time and currently operates as the Colsac III, a 15-car ferry. The Merrimac Ferry crosses the Wisconsin River between Sauk and Columbia counties and is the state’s only free ferry. It shuttles State Highway 113 traffic between Okee on the east bank and Merrimac on the west.
The ferry is open for service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, normally from April 15th through November 30th. The ferry’s 2022 season began March 31st. To date this year, the ferry has carried 164,894 vehicles, 860 bicycles, 650 pedestrians, 32 buses, and 4466 motorcycles. The ferry made 55,758 crossings in that same period.
–Photo courtesy of the Columbia County Facebook page