A review of the controversial Windermere Ferry ticket machines will go before Cumbria County Council later this month.
The onshore devices have proved unpopular with drivers.
The authority says revenues need to be protected.
Campaigners want people to be able to pay on board again, with card or cash.
An internal review will be considered by the council's Cabinet on the 21st of December.
Councillor Ben Berry said that campaigners were set to continue the fight if they didn't get waht they want: “I would like to praise everyone who has helped get the campaign this far, especially Jennifer Slee, Tim Hardy and Alex Brody.
"We stand ready to continue to fight the Council and these ridiculous machines if the Council still won’t listen. If we have been successful, and the Council are willing to put in a simple solution, then this is a fantastic victory for common sense.”
Campaigner Tim Hardy added: "This review was long overdue but very welcome. I thank those involved for having an open mind and willingness to look at the issues that myself, and many others, now face on a daily basis. Given the conversations and input that I, and my fellow activists, have had, we are hopeful that the Council will finally see sense."