Grafton Mayor Tom Thompson says the city is just about ready to re-open the Grafton Ferry. Dredging a portion of the rivers to open up the channel for the ferry has been ongoing for about a week. Next Friday, July 26 is the date the ferry will re-open for business after a nearly three-year hiatus. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11am at the Grafton Ferry Landing, and the public is invited to attend.
Grafton Ferry Landing is near the Grafton Lighthouse and public boat ramp off Market Street. Last summer, some businesses reported as much as a 20% drop in receipts compared to years when the Grafton Ferry was in operation. The cost to take the ferry is tentatively set at $8 for a one-way trip and $15 round-trip. Hours of operation will be Monday-Friday 6am-6pm, and Saturday-Sunday from 10am-10pm. The ferry shortens the trip from Grafton to the St. Louis and St. Charles area by about 30-minutes.