April 1 through November 30
*** Weather conditions, water levels, or mechanical issues can sometimes impact the operation of the ferry ***
|Ferry Service Schedule|
|Monday Thru Friday
||7:00 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.|
|Saturday & Sunday
||10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.|
$4.00 Per Vehicle weekdays(Car,SUV,Truck,Motorcycle or Similar)
$5.00 Per Vehicle weekends
$2.50 Commuter Rate
(Requires Pre-Purchased Commuter Coupons)
$2.00 Walk on Rate for Pedestrians and Bicyclist
|Frequent ferry user discount fare books available|
If the ferry is closed for any reason during the regular operating season, it will be listed on our "Traffic Incidents" webpage, located here: Traffic Incidents
The Chester - Hadlyme Ferry, which began service in 1769, was orginally operated by Jonathan Warner who owned the land on both sides of the Connecticut River. Warner's Ferry, as it was called back then, connected King's Highway in Fort Hill, Parish of Chester to Norwich Road in Lyme. The ferry was often used throughout the Revolutionary War to transport needed supplies across the river.
The Original ferry was pushed across the river using long poles. A steam-powered barge began to serve the ferry crossing in 1879. The ferry was named the Chester-Hadlyme Ferry in 1882 while it was operated by the Town of Chester.
In 1917, the ferry was turned over to Connecticut Department of Transportation. The present ferry, the Selden III,was built in 1949. It is an open, self-propelled craft, 65 feet long and 30 feet wide. The vessel can accommodate 8 to 9 cars and 49 passengers. The Selden III provides a convenient, direct link between Chester and Hadlyme at Route 148.
The 65-foot-long diesel-run ferry is a quaint wonder and a convenience for business and pleasure conducted across the river. For tourists, attractions include Gilletteís Castle in Hadlyme on the east side, and, on the west side of the river, the Essex Steam Train. The ferry ride is actually a continuation of scenic Route 148, from Chester to Hadlyme. Traveling east itís a real distance-saver to take the ferry when driving from Chester to Lyme: itís 20.3 miles overland via the East Haddam bridge, but only 8.3 miles via the ferry and then some. Continued...
For Additional Information Contact:
Connecticut Department of Transportation
Bureau of Aviation & Ports
Office of Port Operations - State Pier
New London, CT 06320
From the East Side of the Connecticut River
Route 148 off Route 82
Follow Signs to Ferry landing
From the West Side of the Connecticut River
Route 9 South or North
To Exit 6, Route 148
Follow signs to Ferry landing