Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) water trail program promotes awareness of public paddling
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.
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.
HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM TO 9 PM EDT WEDNESDAY…
* 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.