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Crossing the Willamette River on the Buena Vista Ferry

“Based in 1852, the Buena Vista Ferry is among the oldest constantly operated ferries in Oregon. Actually, two of the three remaining Willamette River ferries in operation are the Buena Vista and Wheatland ferries in Marion County.” 

This assertion, taken from a trifold pamphlet on the deck of the Buena Vista ferry as we crossed a swelling Willamette River in mid-April of this 12 months, was adopted by a proof of the ferry’s historical past:

“The group of Buena Vista was established in 1847 by Cause B. Corridor who settled there by means of a donation land declare. Independence, the small city on the western terminal of the BVF, was the ultimate vacation spot of early wagon trains taking the southern path to Oregon. Cause began ferry service within the space to supplied pioneers and guests with a straightforward technique to cross the Willamette River. He obtained the  Ferry’s first official license from the Marion County Commissioners Court docket on July 5, 1865.”

Out for a Sunday drive, we checked the Buena Vista Ferry web site to verify river situations have been favorable for a Saturday afternoon crossing. Planning forward with $3 money for our one-way river crossing, we made our method by means of Albany (stopping on the Carousel Museum) in the direction of the sleep city of Buena Vista, Oregon.

Inexperienced indicators led us in the direction of the ferry touchdown and we parked on the finish of the ramp. The ferry made its technique to the west financial institution and stopped for us to board.

A comparatively quick crossing, the youngsters had enjoyable posing for photographs, exploring the deck, and throwing sticks into the water. Linking Marino and Polk Counties, common patrons journey the ferry for straightforward entry to I-5 and the Salem and Portland metro areas.

An entry level for the Ankeny Wildlife Refuge, Baskett Slough Nationwide Wildlife Refuge, wineries, scenic bike trails, and canoe and kayak water trails, the Buena Vista Ferry detour is a novel technique to get off the crushed path and discover the backroads and byways of the Willamette Valley.

Glad trails! (Facet be aware: my purse was stolen throughout our hike on the Ankeny Wildlife Refuge and serves as a reminder to not depart valuables in your automotive in rural components of the state of Oregon.)

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