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Canby Ferry (M.J. Lee II) Retrofit

Transportation Engineering Ferry Project

Project Description: This project will convert the existing heavily worn electric-over-hydraulic propulsion system to a new electric system. This will improve efficiency, eliminate the need for frequent hydraulic fluid leak repairs and reduce the risk of an oil spill. Sandblasting and painting of the entire ferry is also included.

Updated: 07/29/13

Status: Ferry is OPEN for service!

Schedule: Project is complete.

Contact: Darrel Burnum, Project Manager:  503-650-3210 or

Contractor: Diversified Marine, Inc.

Funding: $1.4 million grant from the Federal 2010 and 2012 Ferry Boat Discretionary Grant funds.

Current Activities:

  • Normal operations.

You may be interested to know:

  • The MJ Lee II went through the Willamette Falls Locks headed down river on 01/08/13. For safety reasons, the US Army Corps of Engineers would not allow operators on board while navigating the locks so the ferry had to be hand lined.
  • The Canby Ferry has been operating at this site and providing an important link in the Clackamas County transportation system, facilitating regional movement of people and products, since 1914.
  • The M.J. Lee II was first commissioned on June 20th, 1997.  Since that time, records show it has transported over a million vehicles and made more than 300,000 round trips across the river.
  • When the Ferry returns to service on July 19, 2013, it will have a quieter, more environmentally friendly propulsion system and additional deck space for pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • For more information about the Canby Ferry, click here

 Project Exhibits: Click on an image below to see a larger version.

Canby Ferry

Canby Ferry Returning Through The Locks

 Canby Ferry at Willamette Locks

Canby Ferry Returning Through The Locks

Canby Ferry Returning Through The Locks

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