While it is still a bit early to cross the river, we decided to check the status of the McLure and Little Fort ferries. We captured aerial photos and video at both ferry locations using our unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s). Weather conditions were quite warm this past weekend, with highs ranging from 10 to 12 Celsius in the day time. It was a beautiful, warm, calm spring afternoon; very comfortable to be out and about.
Little Fort Ferry
Saturday: The Little Fort ferry crossing on the North Thompson River is currently wide open, with virtually no ice on this section of the river, except for a little on the banks. This section of the river has very little shade from trees and topography, and receives a lot of sun. It was the perfect time of day to capture a few aerial photos and video of the ferry crossing.
Little Fort Ferry Schedule
The Little Fort ferry is open from 7:00 am to 12:00 am, then from 1:00 pm to 6:20 pm, 7 days a week including holidays. This is a first come, first serve ferry service. Specific dates are not set for when the ferry service opens in the spring or closes in the fall.
UAV aerial video of the Little Fort ferry North Thompson River crossing
Sunday: The McLure ferry crossing is currently 95% frozen; covered in ice. Slow moving water and shade from the mountains make for a slower ice melt on this section of the North Thompson River. There is still quite a bit of snow on the banks.
McLure Ferry Schedule
The McLure ferry is open from 7:00 am to 11:50 am, then from 1:00 pm to 6:30 pm, 7 days a week including holidays. This is a first come, first serve ferry service.
UAV aerial video of the McLure ferry North Thompson River crossing
More About the North Thompson River Crossings
Operation of the ferries is based on when winter freeze-up is over, and major ice flows have passed. We will be checking back in the next few weeks to see if the ferries are in operation.
Both Little Fort and McLure ferries are known as reaction ferries. A reaction ferry is a cable ferry that uses the reaction of the current of a river against a fixed tether to propel the vessel across the water. Such ferries operate faster and more effectively in rivers with strong currents. Wikipedia contributors (2017).
Wikipedia contributors. (2017, November 13). Reaction ferry. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 17:00, March 18, 2018, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Reaction_ferry&oldid=810039628