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Address: Buena Vista Road, Independence, OR

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It's a ferry, it's scenic, reasonbly cheap, and a short cut if you happen to be going that way!

Great for your country drive, or bicycling/motorcycling Rogue Hop Farms is somewhat close so there is that for a destination (food/wine/beer) Hours are 7-7 unless there is high... read more

Reviewed 19 October 2016
Monmouth, OR
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Monmouth, OR
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Reviewed 19 October 2016

Great for your country drive, or bicycling/motorcycling Rogue Hop Farms is somewhat close so there is that for a destination (food/wine/beer) Hours are 7-7 unless there is high or very low water.

Thank Jaybo700R
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80 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2016

With family on both sides of the river, the ferry makes going from one place to the other much more convenient. Without it, we add 30 minutes to our travel time by having to go all the way around to the bridge! The staff are friendly & my kids always enjoy looking for the Osprey!

1 Thank Heather P
Independence, Oregon
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13 reviews
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Reviewed 28 July 2016

The Buena Vista Ferry is like something out of the past. $3 gets you and your car a ride across the Willamette River. $1 for bikes. Be sure to look for the ospreys. There are active nesting platforms on both sides of the river.

1 Thank banderson2016
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

A Must Do! We ( Joan & I ) always enjoy a leasurely drive in the country. A ferry ride is always an enjoyable experience, especially when its free. An evening trip is the best time especially when on a date. We heartedly reccomend the Buena Vista Ferry for a beautiful relaxing trip.

Thank kennyLitzy
Salem, Oregon
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138 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 May 2016

This is an historic ferry that I have taken since childhood over 50 years total. It is scenic and inexpensive ($3 for autos less for bikes) It connects with a loop to Independence where you can enjoy a wonderful breakfast, lunch, or dinner at the Independence grill where the food and service are excellent.

Thank twobuttes
Salem, Oregon
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118 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2016

We enjoy taking our grandchildren on the short jaunt across the river on the ferry. They love to get out of the car and see the ferry and river up close. Before boarding on the east side, be sure to look up at the platform built for the egrets to nest. They come and go with fish they catch in... More 

Thank Anne K
Monmouth, Oregon
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 February 2016

I just love the ride over and back across the Willamette, at any time of year! I prefer to go to and from the west side, leaving my car there , and just riding the waves.

Thank hhowel_896441
Dallas, Oregon
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Reviewed 5 February 2016

Use it to cross the river. Younger kids think it's fun because it is small. It's nexpensive and quick.

Thank Dallas_Beerman
Anchorage, Alaska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2016 via mobile

I have to say, we love visiting Salem as it always means we get to go look at property out around independence. I have been a ferry goer for the last three years and always enjoy it! The river is beautiful and the trees lush. Prices fair.

Thank matt8993
Independence, Oregon
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 November 2015

If you haven't traveled the Buena Vista Ferry yet, you should. It has been serving travelers for much longer than I've been in the area, and that's most of 40 years. I used to commute from Monmouth to Scio, teaching in the 80's. Unfortunately, since the new ferry was installed, it is LESS reliable, not more, than it was back... More 

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