Note: The Fort Gates Ferry is not currently in service.
WELAKA, Florida — Sometimes it’s worth taking the long way home just to enjoy an interesting shortcut. True, in that rare instance when you need to make the drive from Salt Springs to Welaka, the Fort Gates Ferry will save you about forty miles and a pointless journey up through Palatka and back. But that’s merely practical. What’s fun and impractical is driving miles out of the way to float your car across the top of Lake George at the St. John’s River.
Fort Gates Ferry Info:
- Operates 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily except Tuesdays. But expect to wait a while for service, even during normal operating hours. We waited nearly an hour, honking regularly, until the proprietor even acknowledged our presence.
- The ferry can hold two cars and the cost is $10 per car, each way. The trip is about a mile and takes 10 minutes.
- For info, contact the Gateway Fish Camp, 229 Fort Gates Ferry Road, Crescent City, FL 32112. Phone: (386) 467-2411.
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We heard that the Fort Gates Ferry is no longer open for business ????
Colin Dampier says
The ferry is seldom used anymore. If you want a fun little cabin to stay in and avoid the high hotel prices of the area then you should still swing by and have a look. They don’t call it Fort Gates Ferry Fish Camp for nothing. We go there because it’s a short commute to St Augustine and the river is beautiful. We even fish occasionally. The cabins are small with a fully stocked kitchen and cost about 50$ a night. You’ll enjoy it.
Dean Ab-Hugh says
it used to cost $1 for the car and driver, and 25 cents for each passenger. Cabins were rented for about $18 per week for a double, and $12 per week for a single.
The water was Sulphur water, and people came from all over to drink it for it’s purported health benefits.
How do I know? My family owned Gateway Fishing Camp (named Gateway by my mother,) from 1947 to 1952.
If you live in the area it allows me to work in Ocala I love it my mother worked for hospice took the ferry often at all hours of the night and waited for her to come back I am grateful and will never forget the service or the kindness my moms name is pat radtke. Thank you. God bless!