LINCOLN COUNTY, Wash. -- Department of Transportation leaders launched the Washington State’s newest ferry on Wednesday on the Columbia River. DOT and Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation leaders christened the Sanpoil the same day.
PHOTOS: Sanpoil construction
Tribal leaders blessed the boat at the Keller Ferry south shore terminal. The ceremony also featured the traditional vessel bottle breaking by Sanpoil Tribal Elder Jarred.
The 116-foot boat can carry 20 vehicles at a time along the State Route 21 ferry route along the Columbia River. The south shore terminal is located 16 miles north of Wilbur.
The ferry will be in operation seven days a week, from 6 a.m. until midnight.
Construction of the new $12 million ferry vessel was made possible through a funding partnership between WSDOT and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation.
The Sanpoil is the fifth state-operated vessel to serve the route that WSDOT took over in 1931.