These images, courtesy of the Washington Department of Transportation, will help you gauge the prospects for an on-time boat with room for you or your guests.
Holding

The holding area in Anacortes. The two lanes to the far right are the Lopez Island lanes, both called Lane 1–go figure. On busy days, cars for Lopez may be in other lanes as well. If the holding area looks full you may not be on the next boat.

Terminal

The Anacortes terminal, with traffic loading and unloading.

Lopez Ferry Schedule

Wait Times

Road

The road before you get to the toll both in Anacortes, looking back from the toll booth. If you see cars parked in the road itself (not in the parking lot at left in this shot), then things are a little bit behind. Remember: The inconvenience is part of the charm. Think “Island Time.”

From Other Islands

Friday Harbor

Friday Harbor

Orcas

Orcas Island

Where the Boats Are (WSDOT beta)