The Grafton Ferry will officially begin bringing travelers across the Mississippi River from St. Charles County to Grafton today.
Similar to last year, the ferry will operate three days per week: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Use of the ferry cuts travel time between Missouri and Illinois by approximately 30 minutes. The ferry can accommodate buses and vans. People are allowed to get out of their vehicles during the trek across the river.
The Illinois side of the landing is located near the Grafton Lighthouse and the public boat ramp off Market Street in Grafton. On the Missouri side, the landing is located at the end of Grafton Ferry Road, just off of Highway 94.
Travelers can use the ferry between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The ferry will operate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays.
“The business community and the residents of Grafton are excited to have the bridge to Missouri open,” Grafton Mayor Tom Thompson said. “It’ll increase the number of tourists to the area and make it easier to travel back and forth to Missouri.”
Ferry fees include:
Vehicles (passenger cars and small trucks)
$8 one way
$15 round trip
$4 one way
$3 one way
$5 one way
$9 round trip
Dual over one ton
$9 one way
$1 per axle one way
The Grafton Ferry is operated by the Calhoun Ferry Co., which also operates the Golden Eagle Ferry in Calhoun County.
For more information, contact the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau at (618) 465-6676 or (800) 258-6645.