Kayak Lake Erie Water Trails

Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) water trail program promotes awareness of public paddling

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access while increasing safety by partnering with local communities to develop designated water trails on Ohio’s waterways.

The Lake Erie Islands Trail has become a favorite for local and visiting kayakers.  Incredible on-the-water views, convenient access points, and a rewarding proximity to island landscapes await those who don’t need to rely on a motorized vessel to experience Lake Erie.Lake Erie kayak

Kayak rentals are available on South Bass Island at Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rentals and Kayak the Bay.Kayak Put in Bay




View the PDF ODNR Water Trails Guide for complete details!

Great Live Performers for 4th July Weekend at Put-in-Bay

What better way to enhance a holiday weekend at Put-in-Bay than taking in great live performers?  This week’s featured venues include:

The Round House  —  Killer Flamingos



Mr. Ed’s  —  Dumm Band





Mojito Bay  —  The Gryphons




Boat House  —  Velcro Pygmies



Beer Barrel  —  Mustang Sally


Performance times and other music venues at Put-in-Bay Music!

Make Put-in-Bay Plans for 4th July Weekend

The 4th of July weekend Independence Day celebration is sure to deliver a great holiday at Put-in-Bay.  The fireworks display, scheduled for Monday at dusk, always ranks among the best in Ohio.  Moreover, Put in Bay golf cart rentalthe opportunities for excellent activities abound.  Here’s PiBDaily’s list of five must-do suggestions:

First, secure a golf cart for the most convenient and fun way to get around South Bass Island.  Carts are available in the Village, a short walk from the Jet Express Ferry, as well as up the hill from the Miller Boat Line Lime Kiln Dock.  Visit Island Bike & Cart Rental or E’s Golf Carts for rental details.  Review Miller Boat Line’s on-line interactive map for a great geographical overview.

Put in BaySecond, plan a tour of the Island’s great historical venues.  Perry’s Monument and Peace Memorial offers exceptional views of Put-in-Bay and informative perspectives on South Bass Island’s development.   Couple Put in Bay historythat with a stop at Lake Erie Islands Historical Society to learn about “the wine making industry, Put-in-Bay’s many Victorian hotels, the ice industry, the island road races, and Ford’s “Tin Goose” airplane.”

When you are hungry and thirsty, you will find the multitude of dining Put in Bay Keysestablishments at Put-in-Bay caters to all tastes.  We highly recommend The Keys at Park Place Boat Club, Pasquales Cafe, Hooligan’s Irish Pub, Topsy Turvey’s Bar & Grill, and The Goat Soup & Whiskey Tavern.  For sweets you can visit the scrumptious items at The Chocolate Cafe and PiB Candy Bar!

Third on our list is the suggestion to visit the beautiful nature trails sprinkled all around South Bass Island.  Scheef East Point Preserve, Massie Cliffside Preserve, and the Nature & Wildlife Center are most rewarding.  Scheef East Point Preserve combines a peaceful combination of inland flora and wildlife with the dynamic presence of Lake Erie shoreline.  Massie Cliffside trail winds through a serene island forest and opens up to a marvelous field with benches and outstanding views of Put-in-Bay, Gibraltar Island, and Middle Bass Island.  These spectacular places have come about through the efforts of Lake Erie Islands Conservancy.

DeRivera Park Put-in-BayNext you will want to make time to stroll along the Put-in-Bay waterfront and DeRivera Park.  The setting remains one of the most pleasant places for relaxation and people-watching.  Picnic tables and benches offer a nice arena in which to appreciate the island atmosphere.

South Bass Island LighthousePiBDaily’s fifth item is a visit to South Bass Island Lighthouse.  Here you will learn about environmental issues affecting the Bass Islands before climbing to the top of the lighthouse tower to see an expansive view of Lake Erie’s South Channel.

We hope your visit will become one of your favorite memories and give you the urge to come again and again.  Be sure to visit Put-in-Bay Daily regularly to keep up with Island news, events, and attractions.

Miller Ferry Passenger Rates to Go Up

Miller Ferry to Put in BayDue to unprecedented fuel spikes and costs to transport fuel to our ferries, please note Miller Boat Line Put-in-Bay & Middle Bass Island Adult Passenger Fares change effective July 1, 2022.

Put-in-Bay Adult: $8.50 One Way/$17 Round Trip

Middle Bass Adult: $11 One Way/$22 Round Trip

Group discounts such as Frequent Floater booklets and Group Rates are Not affected at this point.

Miller Ferry Schedule Brochures are linked below:

PIB Brochure updated 7-1-22          MBI Brochure updated 7-1-22


OCCF Awards Grants; Presents Little Tiger Award

The Ottawa County Community Foundation (OCCF) awarded $79,350 in community grants and special awards at its annual Awards Presentation on June 15. Thirty-three local nonprofit organizations received funding in addition to the second annual presentation of the Joy Roth Little Tiger award.

“We are pleased to partner with these fine organizations to enable the remarkable services they provide to the people of Ottawa County. We congratulate them!” remarked OCCF Executive Director Shea McGrew.

The 2022 grant recipients honored include:

Arc of Ottawa County                                       Summer enrichment camp for students with disabilities

Cancer Services                                                Services and resources for cancer patients in Ottawa Co.

Catawba Island Historical Society                     Laser printer/portable sound system

Courageous Community Services                      Costs of camp for people with developmental disabilities

Cultivate the Clover of Ottawa County              Camp counselor expenses, supplies, training

Family & Child Abuse Prevention Center           50 Shades of Purple outdoor painted awareness mural

Firelands Symphony Orchestra                          Free concerts in Port Clinton and Marblehead

Friends of Ottawa County Parks                         Support projects to promote Catawba Islander Bike Trail

Goodwill Industries                                           Wellness program for employees with disabilities

Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council             Construct beached fish for recycling bottles

Habitat for Humanity of Ottawa County           Home repairs and ramps for people in need

Jacob’s Joy                                                         Hospital care packages for those experiencing infant loss

Joyful Connections                                            Supplies to build and maintain a raised garden bed

Lake Erie Foundation                                        Interactive plastics and microplastics museum display

Lake Erie Islands Conservancy                          Great Lakes Island Alliance conference support

Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center       Supplies for nature camp – South Bass & Middle Bass Is.

Lakeside Heritage Society                                 Rehouse collections using preservation-quality materials

Light House Sober Living                                  Sober recreational activities and healthy living activities

Luther Home of Mercy                                      Disability-friendly book collection at Genoa Library

Marblehead Lighthouse Bicentennial Comm     Concerts as part of Bicentennial at the Lighthouse

Musical Art Series                                             Senior concerts and grandparents concerts

Oak Harbor Development Group                      “Oak Harbor Barkyard” – dog park materials

Oak House                                                        Create butterfly garden and expand existing garden

Ottawa Co. Ag. Society                                     Animal & Me Showmanship for youth with disabilities

Ottawa Co. Family Advocacy Center                 Expand community garden and construct fruit stand

Ottawa Co. Museum                                         Frame two prints and purchase printer

Ottawa Co. Transitional Housing                       Construct garden for Ruth Ann’s House families

Otterbein SeniorLife Marblehead                      Pickleball and shuffleboard courts and putting green

Port Clinton Firefighters Assoc.                         Thermal imaging camera for firefighters

Project Noelle                                                    Kids’ support group materials/training, clothing

PIB Chamber of Commerce & Tourism              Signage for new brand “An Everyday Island Getaway”

Salvation Army                                                   5-day overnight Camp NEOSA for 31 at-risk children

United Way in Ottawa County                           Dolly Parton Imagination Library for children 0-5 yrs.

Community Grant Award Recipients.  Click to enlarge.

Funding for these grants was made possible from earnings from several unrestricted Community Funds and Donor Advised Funds held by OCCF, including the Kenneth and Naomi Akins Family Fund, Bob and Grace Armbruster Fund, Beck Family Fund, Earl J. Johnson Fund, Jane Ellen Gulau Fund, Joseph and Eleanor Kokinda Fund, OCCF Fund, Lenore Peterson-Blackburn Fund, Dr. James I. and Priscilla Rhiel Fund, Paul H. Rofkar Fund, Harry Stensen Memorial Fund and Dave and Jeanne Thierwechter Fund.

Numerous 2022 donations also supported the community grants program assisting a variety of county efforts in the fields of health, safety, human services, education, the environment and the arts.

Kathy Barbee accepts the Joy Roth Little Tiger Award from Jeff Roth

In addition to distributing the annual community grant awards, OCCF presented the Little Tiger Award to Christy’s Corner Café in Elmore to honor the legacy of Joy Roth, founder and long-time President of OCCF. Joy passed away unexpectedly in July 2020, and the OCCF Board sought to establish a special recognition in her memory.

According to OCCF Past President Jan Preston, “Joy was an avid fan of the Auburn University Tigers football team, and she was known by her family and friends to be somewhat of a “little tiger” herself.  Thus, the Joy Roth Little Tiger Award was created to recognize similar champions who go above and beyond to give back to the community.”

Christy’s Corner Café helps pave the way to long-term employment through job training while inspiring a culture of acceptance and awareness within the community. Kathy Barbee, the founder of Engaging Opportunities Foundation which operates the café, accepted the award on behalf of the nonprofit organization.

“Joy loved to visit Christy’s Corner Café and wanted to see them succeed. We often would take a trip to Elmore for coffee or breakfast and to see how they were doing,” said Mr. Jeff Roth, Joy’s husband and the donor of the $500 cash award given to an honored nonprofit annually.

Established in 1999, Ottawa County Community Foundation is a public charitable organization created to enrich the quality of life throughout Ottawa County. With more than 100 funds and assets of more than $12 million, the Foundation provides annual community grants and scholarships, while offering philanthropic services for individuals, businesses and organizations.


Pyrates Conquer Put-in-Bay

“Avast, ye sea dogs!  Pyrates abound!  Savvy?”

Pyrate Fest XIV, “I REGRET NOTHING,” is in full swing this weekend at Put-in-Bay. A multitude of festival participants reveal their true colors as they swarm the streets and waterfront on South Bass Island.  Cannon fire and entertaining activities for the whole family deliver considerable amusement in DeRivera Park.  The world’s tallest “ArrVee” is on display at Heineman’s Winery!   Click an image for enlarged view.