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 go.osu.edu/tours.

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 ohioseagrant.osu.edu.

Text courtesy of Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab

Put-in-Bay School Board Announces Hiring of New Superintendent

Jill & Scott Mangas

Put-in-Bay School Board confirms the hiring of a new school superintendent for 2022-2023 at a board meeting held on Tuesday, 17 May 2022.  Mr. Scott Mangas, currently the Ottoville, Ohio, Local School District Superintendent, was in attendance at the meeting.  He was joined by his wife, Jill.  Mr. Mangas holds a Bachelor of Special Education and Teaching from Toledo University, and a Master of Educational Leadership from the University of Findlay.

Board L-R: Kostura, Goaziou, Market, Hill, Domer; Treasurer Cooper above Market





Mr. Mangas released the following statement:

Put-in-Bay School and Community:

I am so excited to be a part of the Put-in-Bay community and school system.  This is a position I first dreamed about four years ago when my family, along with our foreign exchange student from Sweden, visited the island.  Mr. Poe was very generous and gave my family a tour of the school.  When we left the building, I told my wife this is the only place I would ever leave Ottoville to go to–and here I am.

I want the Put-in-Bay staff to know that I am not a change agent.  I have heard many good things about the students and staff here, and I just want to be a part of it.  I am here to work WITH all of you.  I am eager to meet all the students and staff, and to start memorizing all those names.  My door will always be open.

I come to this community from Ottoville, Ohio, a small town in Putnam County.  I have been an administrator at Ottoville for 23 years.  I have been both the principal and superintendent at Ottoville for 14 years, so this position is vary familiar to me.

My wife, Jill, of 27 years, will join me on the island.  Jill is a registered nurse and presently works at Lima Mercy Health.  I also have two daughters; Brooke, 23, is a special education teacher at Pandora-Gilboa Schools.  Taylor, 26, is an occupational therapist for Wapak, Waynesfield-Goshen and Memorial St. Mary’s Schools.  She is married and has a 7-week-old daughter.

I look forward to meeting all the residents and settling down in our new community.

Educationally yours,

Scott Mangas, Put-in-Bay Schools Superintendent



Put-in-Bay School Senior Trip 2022

Put-in-Bay School senior Kate Byrnes presented a video documentary to Put-in-Bay School Board today.  Ms. Byrnes and Jacob King, accompanied by chaperone Mr. Green, visited San Francisco, California.  The images below do not reflect the high quality and professionalism of the video, but offer a mere glimpse into the senior trip adventure.  The video itself may be released by Put-in-Bay School in the near future.

Park Hotel is the Essential Stay at Put-in-Bay

The Park Hotel offers guests affordable lodging and is centrally located to entertainment and shopping attractions.  Experience the Victorian age of Put-in-Bay right by the picnic at Put in Bayserenity of DeRivera Park and the beautiful docks along the waterfront.  Only footsteps away are the Chicken Patio, Red Moon Speakeasy, and the famous Round House Bar.


Hall to Bath

Celebrating 150 years, the historic building is like a period museum with the modern comforts of an island resort hotel: a perfect place for couples who seek a quaint and quiet retreat!  The McCann Family has owned and operated the Park Hotel since before 1960.

Reservations are being taken now for opening day on May 20th.

For an impressive video tour, click here!

Book a room at the PARK HOTEL for the 2022 season, call 419-285-3581.