You know how new ships get a bottle of champagne broken across their bow? Well, that’s what’s going to happen for the inaugural run of the new Keller Ferry next week, and you’re invited to be there. The 116 foot long boat, named the Sanpoil, will go into service crossing the Columbia River next Wednesday, August 14.
Everyone is invited to join the Confederated Tribes of
the Colville Reservation and Washington State Department Of Transportation representatives as they formally Christen
the new 20-car ferry. In addition, members of the Confederated Tribes of the
Colville Reservation will provide a blessing for the new boat.

The event is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 14 at the Keller Ferry south shore terminal (16 miles north of Wilbur, WA on SR 21). If you go,  carpooling is strongly encouraged as parking at the terminal
is extremely limited.

Following the ceremony and public viewing of the new
boat, the Sanpoil will begin her regular service, crossing the Columbia River
(Lake Roosevelt) between Lincoln County and Ferry
County on SR 21. The ferry will be in operation seven days a week, from 6 a.m.
until midnight.

Construction of this new ferry vessel was made possible
through a funding partnership between WSDOT and the Confederated Tribes of the
Colville Reservation.

The Sanpoil will replace the Martha S., which
has served the route since September 1948. The

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