Island Green Week Returns!

Island Green Week celebrates natural beauty, ecology, and history.  From August 7th – August 15th 2021, Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center, Lake Erie Islands Conservancy, Stone Laboratory, and Put-in-Bay Township Park District produce an array of events to support and highlight island natural, historical, and cultural resources. These events educate and interpret our resources so that they may be used and loved for many years to come.

For complete details, click Special Edition Green Week Flyer.

Lake Erie Islands a Treasure for History Buffs

Put in Bay historyLake Erie Islands give history buffs the opportunity to immerse themselves in multiple historical arenas.  Whether ice-age geology, marine shipping development, naval battles, or Mid-West settlement/culture, there is much to learn and experience on the Bass Islands and Kelleys Island.

Perry's MonumentPerhaps most popular is Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial at Put-in-Bay.  The 352-foot (107m) Doric column with observation deck and the visitor’s center celebrate the long-lasting peace among Britain, Canada and the U.S. The Memorial column sits only five miles from the US-Canadian border.Put in Bay history

Also in the village of Put-in-Bay, the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society museum has artifacts on display about local history and culture, as well Centennial and Bicentennial celebrations of the Battle of Lake Erie.  A visit to South Bass Island Lighthouse, a National Historic Register Landmark, informs one about the significant shipping industry of bygone days.

Middle Bass Island offers a glimpse of business interests which shaped the character of the Lake Erie Islands.  Lonz Winery, formerly a bustling production and entertainment facility, now preserves the unique flavor of wine-making history in a restored plaza and state park.  Travel between Middle Bass Island and The Boardwalk at Put-in-Bay comes courtesy of the Sonny-S Boat Line.  The Sonny-S, a NOLAN 50.5-foot passenger ferry built in 1948, started as a gill-net fishing vessel and continues in the family-owned and operated service.

Road ScholarsNot least in importance is the cultural history at Kelleys Island.  A visit to the Kelleys Island Historical Association reveals more than a boatload of information about glacial grooves, Indian tribal heritage, island fishing and limestone mining, as well as grape-growing.


Lake Erie Barge a Testament to Maritime Business

Lake Erie, well-known for marine sporting activities, fierce storms, and gigantic lake freighters, continues to present a dynamic environment on all three fronts.

This week, the barge CROW rests inside Put-in-Bay Harbor at night after a full day’s work along South Bass Island’s west shore.  Nestled in-between the mooring field and Gibraltar Island, CROW floats massive equipment with the somber stillness of a sleeping giant. One must imagine the crane’s dinosaur-like growl . . .

Gale Winds Bring Drama to Shoreline

Gale winds careen around the Bass Islands today as the National Weather Service continues the Gale Warning until 4am Saturday, 29 May 2021.

* WHAT…Northeast gales 35 to 40 knots with gusts up to 50 knots
and waves 4 to 7 feet.

* WHERE…The nearshore waters of Lake Erie from Maumee Bay to
The Islands OH, and the open waters of Lake Erie from Maumee
Bay to The Islands OH.

Photography by Amanda Downey

Put-in-Bay School Graduation Moved Up!

Put in Bay School

Put-in-Bay School Graduation Special Notice:


Graduation Practice:  Thursday, May 27 at 2:00 p.m. at Perry’s Victory Monument

Graduation:  Thursday, May 27,  6:30 p.m. at Perry’s International Victory & Peace Memorial (previously scheduled for Friday)

Congratulations Class of 2021!