Ed Scott writes: “Back in the early 1950’s, the ferry crew installed and maintained two long “floats” beside the Lummi Island ferry dock. They had a long ramp, going down from the dock, with wheels on the ends, so the ramp could raise and fall with the tides. They weren’t for long-term moorage, and were mostly used by fishing boats to load and unload. There weren’t many “pleasure boaters” back then, like there are now, but some would tie up, and run up the dock to the Beach Store, to buy supplies. Seldom would boats remain overnight. As you can see, it was a perfect spot for island kids to catch “Bullheads”, and I spent many summer days sitting on the floats. Behind us are the old ferries “Acorn” (still in WWII gray) and the Chief Kwina.
Eventually, the floats were removed, and someone told me the reason was due to liability concerns the County had about someone being injured and suing. I suspect there has always been a concern by some islanders, about making the island too accessible to outsiders. It seems like the time may be coming when more access may become appropriate.”