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2023 Season
April 1 through November 30
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.
Closed: Thanksgiving Day
$5.00 Per Vehicle weekdays(Car,SUV,Truck,Motorcycle or Similar)

$6.00 Per Vehicle weekends
$3.00 Commuter Rate
(Requires Pre-Purchased Commuter Coupons priced at a book of 20 for $60.00)
$2.00 Walk on Rate for Pedestrians and Bicyclist
all days
Weather conditions, water levels, or mechanical issues can
sometimes impact the operation of the ferry
If the ferry is closed for any reason during the regular operating season, it will be listed on CTroads.



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 Gillette’s 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 it’s a real distance-saver to take the ferry when driving from Chester to Lyme: it’s 20.3 miles overland via the East Haddam bridge, but only 8.3 miles via the ferry and then some.


For Additional Information Contact:

Connecticut Department of Transportation
Bureau of Public Transportation
Ferry Operations at


Master Captain
John Kennedy

Ferry Administrator
Gregory Tower


In Hadlyme
From the East Side of the Connecticut River
Route 148 off Route 82
Follow Signs to Ferry landing

In Chester
From the West Side of the Connecticut River
Route 9 South or North
To Exit 6, Route 148
Follow signs to Ferry landing