The fare is $3 for cars & motorcycles and
$6 for a car with a trailer not over 16 feet long. Pedestrians are $.50
and bicycles are $1 including the rider. Cash only with no bills larger
than a $20.
The Ironton Ferry is operated by the Charlevoix County
Transportation Authority. Ferry service is provided from mid April until
the day before Thanksgiving. The ferry provides a shortcut that saves about
24 miles of driving. The ride across the Ironton Narrows is only 610 feet
and takes less than 5 minutes, including loading and unloading.
The ferry is located just off M-66, approximately 6 miles
southeast of Charlevoix and 9 miles north of East Jordan. From the east
side, it is approximately 9 miles west of Boyne City at the end of Ferry
Captain Sam Alexander, who operated the ferry from the
1880s to the 1940s and lived nearby, was listed by Ripley's Believe It
or Not for having traveled a distance equal to the circumference of the
earth without ever being more than 1/4 mile from his home.