Erie Islands Conservancy Publishes Summer Newsletter

In this summer’s LEIC newsletter you will enjoy reading about the upcoming Middle Bass Music Festival, Island Green Week activities, as well as reports on the conservancy’s busy spring.  Great live music, wonderful food, and a perfect island setting is what awaits you at the Middle Bass Music Festival on July 16th.  Additional events surrounding Island Green Week are sure to provide excellent activities for all in the family!

View the Lake Erie Islands Conservancy Summer Newsletter


Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab Offer Summer Tours at Put-in-Bay

Put-in-Bay, Ohio–Visitors to South Bass Island once again have the chance to explore Lake Erie science and history summer tours at the South Bass Island Lighthouse, the Aquatic Visitors Center and on Gibraltar Island.

The South Bass Island Lighthouse, which was completed in 1897, is located at the southwest tip of the island and was in operation until 1962. The lighthouse grounds are open to the public dawn to dusk free of charge unless otherwise posted. Free tours will be offered from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10 and October 8, 2022. Visitors can climb the lighthouse stairs to take in the view from the top of the tower. Tours for groups of 10 or more may be scheduled April through November by calling 419-285-1800.

The Aquatic Visitors Center on South Bass Island

Put in BayThe Aquatic Visitors Center is an educational facility, giving visitors of all ages the chance to explore Lake Erie’s complex ecosystem through hands-on activities and aquaria containing live Lake Erie fish. Children ages 15 and younger can borrow fishing gear and fish for free off the 100-foot pier. A limited number of free life jackets, provided by the BoatUs Foundation, are available for loan.  AVC tours are free and open to the public from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays June 15 through August 20, 2022. Group tour reservations are available mid-May through October at a cost of $5 per person by calling 419-285-1800.

Stone LaboratoryTwo science and history tours of Gibraltar Island are offered each Thursday from June 16 through August 18, 2022 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Groups tour the island, including Perry’s Lookout and the glacial Gibraltar Island, Ohiogrooves and see the outside of Cooke Castle before learning more about Stone Lab research. Tours can accommodate up to 70 people and are first-come, first-served. To attend, meet at 9:45 a.m. or 12:45 p.m. at the Boardwalk Restaurant dock, 341 Bayview Ave. in Put-in-Bay. Tours are $10 per person, $5 for children, plus $8 for round-trip fare to Gibraltar Island, payable to the water taxi driver.

Gibraltar Island and the South Bass Island Lighthouse are owned by The Ohio State University, and all three attractions are managed by Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory. For more information on scheduling your trip, visit

Located on the 6.5-acre Gibraltar Island in Put-in-Bay harbor, Stone Laboratory is Ohio State’s island campus on Lake Erie and the research, education, and outreach facility of the Ohio Sea Grant College Program. The Ohio Sea Grant College Program is part of The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and NOAA Sea Grant, a network of 34 Sea Grant programs dedicated to the protection and sustainable use of marine and Great Lakes resources. For information on Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab, visit

Text courtesy of Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab

Perry Group Presents Informative Put-in-Bay History

Put in Bay Blessing of the Fleet
Perry’s Longboat

The Perry Group Web pages offer interesting and informative articles about Put-in-Bay history, as well as contemporary developments relevant to Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial.  Special events are frequently offered, too.  Recent news articles by Peter Huston, Perry Group Board Member, and Barbara Rowles, Superintendent, Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, are good examples of timely presentations.  You can see these and gain additional insights, including membership information, at THE PERRY GROUP.

“The Friends of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, also known as The Perry Group, is a 501 (c)3 volunteer, nonprofit organization working with the National Park Service and the local, national and international community to commemorate the Battle of Lake Erie and celebrate the long-lasting peace between Britain, Canada and the United States.”

“Batter Up!” for Island Softball

Put-in-Bay Softball resumes play on Wednesday, 6 July 2022.

This year’s teams include players from Put-in-Bay, Middle Bass Island, and Kelleys Island.  They are identified on the schedule as follows:

KI — Kelleys Island     MB — Middle Bass      RH — Round House

HW   — Heineman’s Winery     BW — Boardwalk     SB  — Sand Bar


Brilliant Weather for Holiday Weekend

Put-in-Bay Mooring Field on Saturday afternoon, 2 July 2022

This is a perfect summer’s day at Put-in-Bay!

National Weather Service Cleveland
143 PM EDT Jul 2 2022

High pressure will settle across the eastern Great Lakes region through the rest of the weekend. This high will slide east on Monday and allow a warm front to lift north through the area.  The cold front has cleared the forecast area and high pressure is settling in nicely this afternoon. Some mid level clouds will enter from the southwest tonight and perhaps keep temperatures up a little bit with more lower 60s for lows than if the area were completely clear. The clouds will move out of the region late tonight and Sunday will be dry and mostly clear with winds out of the northeast to east. High temperatures will be akin to today with upper 70s east to upper 80s west.