Lynchburg Ferry

Superintendent: David Starett
Phone: (281) 424-3521
1001 Independence Pkwy N., Baytown, Texas 77520

Ferry Operation Hours:
4:30 AM - 8:00 PM Monday - Friday
11:00 AM - 6:30 PM Saturday and Sunday

Ferry Office Hours:
7:00 AM – 3:30PM Monday – Friday

From 1888 to today, Harris County has operated the Lynchburg Ferry Service. There is no charge for the ferries. Todd Shipyard built the William P. Hobby and Ross S. Sterling ferryboats in 1964. Both ferries are 61’8" x 40’5" in length and 8’9" in depth. Their gross weight is 85GRT, and a capacity of 10 vehicles. Depending on the wind, currents, and traffic the ferry takes 7-10 minutes to cross the ship channel.

No loaded 2-axle dump trucks or trailers over 60 feet, or any single vehicle over 20,000 pounds.

For the south-bound trip from Houston, take IH-10 East (approximately 12 miles from loop 610 to Baytown). Exit at Crosby-Lynchburg Road (787), drive south to the north ferry landing. For the north-bound trip from Houston, take State Highway 225 East (approximately 10 miles from Loop 610). Turn left (north) on State Road 134 (Independence Parkway) to the San Jacinto State Park, and to the south ferry landing.

The ferry will be closed on the following holidays:

New Year’s Day 
Memorial Day 
Independence Day 
Labor Day 
Thanksgiving Day 
Christmas Day

In 1822, Nathaniel Lynch began the Lynchburg Ferry Service (known at the time as Lynch’s Ferry). When Sam Houston defeated Santa Anna’s Army (The Battle of San Jacinto- April 21, 1836) there were two ferries, Lynch that crossed the San Jacinto River and Lorenzo DeZavalla’s ferry that crossed Buffalo Bayou. Wounded soldiers were carried from the battlefield aboard Lynch’s Ferry to the town of Lynchburg. Lynch was often accused of overcharging for his ferry service. He died in 1839. 

This historic ferry service played a vital role in Texas’ fight for independence, in 1836. Today, the ferry service provides transportation for this area known as the "Birthplace of Texas."