“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


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!

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


First Summer Heat Wave Strikes Wednesday

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Yes, the intense summer heat coming on Wednesday is all the talk of Put-in-Bay.  However, we’re posting information to underscore the dangers associated with oppressive humidity and high air temperature.  First and foremost, be aware of conditions and how to endure.



* WHAT…Heat index values up to 107 expected.

* WHERE…Portions of north central, northeast and northwest
Ohio and northwest Pennsylvania.

* WHEN…From 10 AM to 9 PM EDT Wednesday.

* IMPACTS…Hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses to occur. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside.

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When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 9 1 1.

Visit Ohio State Parks in Lake Erie!

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Ohio State Parks provide inspiring views, fantastic adventure features, and rewarding recreational opportunities.  Among the best locations in the state are four unique environments in Lake Erie:  Oak Point State Park, South Bass Island State Park, Middle Bass Island State Park, and North Bass Island State Park.

A great starting point is with a visit to Put-in-Bay (South Bass Island) via the Miller Ferry.  Arrival at the Lime Kiln Dock gives you the opportunity to rent a golf cart or catch the bus into the village.  Just a short jaunt around a few corners and you will find South Bass Island State Park with water access for boaters, kayak rental, as well as picnic and camping options.  This is a real family-friendly spot!

South Bass Island camping Lake Erie fun camping at Put-in-Bay

Your next attraction is along the west end of Put-in-Bay Harbor–Oak Point State Park is the smallest one in Ohio and features a lovely gazebo where a relaxing, peaceful atmosphere awaits. Another feature here is the proximity to other attractions like Stone Lab on Gibraltar Island and the Aquatics Visitor Center.  Both venues offer interesting and captivating environmental insights.

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While the next two locales require a boat ride, either via the Sonny-S ferry to Middle Bass Island, or a private vessel to North Bass Island, both deserve your attention.  Middle Bass Island State Park is home to the old Lonz Winery as well as a marina for boaters who prefer a less active setting than Put-in-Bay.  A grand pavilion and an outdoor plaza offer a fantastic gathering place.  It is also home to the annual Middle Bass Music Festival held mid-July.

Vidal grapes for ice wine linger at North Bass Island Vineyard. Photo by Dale Burris

North Bass Island State Park is a world unto itself.  Isolated, calm, and steeped in the history of Lake Erie Island grape-growing, this remote setting was once home to a small community which included a school and church.  The shores offer pleasant swimming spots, and the landscape beckons walking exploration.Put in Bay helicopter tour