Middle Bass Music Fest Cancelled

After a lot of thought the Lake Erie Islands Conservancy has elected to cancel the Middle Bass Music Fest set for July 18, 2020.  We were continuing to count on things getting back to normal, but what is “normal” anymore?  So in order to be prudent and safe we are going to just plan on 2021 for our next event.

Lake Erie Islands ConservancyWe’d like to thank our sponsors for their support The Middle Bass Island State Park,  The Middle Bass Dock Company, Lake Erie Shores and Islands, Ohio Arts Council, and of course all our food and beverage providers Jimmy G’s BBQ, the Port Clinton Rotary Perch Wagon, Stan Gebhart, Heinemann’s Winery and Catawba island Brewing.

Our music this year – Cat’s on Holiday, Sam Hooper Blues, The Island Band, The North Coast Goats and Sonic Blast.  We are going to miss seeing everyone at the winery property.  Count on us being there in July 2021.  Go to our web site for additional info on this and next year’s event:   www.mbimusicfest.com

Bruce Miles, Chair

Audubon Christmas Bird Count on Sunday

AudubonWalk the island from dawn to dusk listening, watching, counting. Enjoy the quiet time of year. Or sit in your recliner and watch colorful winter birds visit your bird feeder for a portion of the day. It all adds up with statistics from other birders around the country and participation is a lot of fun!

The Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count in the Lake Erie Islands Count Circle is on Sunday, December 15, 2019. Participants are needed on Kelleys, Pelee, and the Bass Islands that day. On South Bass, we need volunteers to listen for owls in the early morning, to travel the island bird watching during the day, and to watch their feeders at home. We are also looking for birders or feeder-watchers to help with Middle Bass and North Bass.

If you are interested in watching your feeders or traveling the island for all or part of the day, call Lisa Brohl at 419.366.2087 or e-mail at leiconservancy “at” gmail.com. Those on South Bass can meet at the Brohl residence (441 Mitchell Rd.) at 7:00 AM for coffee and strategy. We will get together for pizza and to share results after the count. Participation in the Christmas Bird Count is free and a lot of fun!

Contact Nancy Welter (nkw2329 “at” yahoo.com) or 419.341.5806 to participate on Middle Bass.  John Pogacnik, the official Count Circle Compiler, will coordinate the efforts on Kelleys Island. Please correspond with him at jpogacnik “at” hotmail.com or with Tom Bartlett at hthomas.bartlett “at” gmail.com if you wish to help at Kelleys.

Island Green Week Holds Extraordinary Series of Attractions

Lake Explorer IILake Erie Islands Conservancy pulls together an amazing bank of resources to present another enriching Island Green Week:  Twelve captivating days of Ecotourism, Adventure Travel, Agritourism, and History. Full event details and schedules are in the special edition of Green Scene. Special recognition goes to Renee Market and Michelle Pennington for the nice job on the newsletter!

Click the banner below to read all about it!

Make special note that the LEIHS Auction is Thursday, August 8–not on Friday, August 9, as on a few posters.  The Dedication of the Footbridge at the Middle Bass East Point Preserve scheduled originally for Sunday August 4 has been canceled due to high water–the ducks, birds and bugs don’t mind, but it is not people-friendly yet!  Also, LEIC adds the Dedication of the Lake Erie Islands Water Trail as a State Water Trail to the schedule during EcoTour on Tuesday August 6 at 10:30am at the Oak Point Picnic Area.  Island Green Week events start Saturday with the Middle Bass Island Kayak Poker Day.

Put in Bay


I-LYA Sail Regatta August 2-4, Put-in-Bay

Inter-Lake Yachting Association and Put-in-Bay Yacht Club present the 2019 I-LYA Bayweek Regatta August 2-4.

Put in Bay BayweekThis event is open to members of US SAILING or other National Authorities, members of recognized yacht clubs, members of recognized class associations, and others as designated by the Organizing Authority. Classes include: PHRF, JAM, Off Shore Multi-hull, Cruising Class, T-10, Interlake, Hobie Wave and Beach Cats.

A Bayweek Promo Powerpoint presentation is available here!


Poker Kayak Day on Saturday

Middle Bass Island Poker Kayak Day, Middle Bass Island

Saturday August 3 @ 12:00p.m. on Middle Bass Island; Cost – $20 pre-registration $25 on site.

Kayakers start and finish at the Middle Bass Island State Park west beach (No starts later than 1:00 pm).  The paddle around the island includes three additional stops (the State Park Marina, the MBI East Point Preserve, and the Kuehnle State Wildlife Area/Petersen Woods Preserve).  A welcome packet at the start has a description of the course and information about the stops.  Stops are staffed with volunteers for safety and to distribute poker cards and snacks.  The finish has a cook-out with hot-dogs, chips, and bottle of water while 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners are determined. Proceeds from the event will benefit signage for the Put-in-Bay Township Park District’s newest preserves on Middle Bass Island. (Rain Date August 4) Registration is available at:  

MBI-Poker-Kayak-Day-2019   Questions?  Call Tina Larson at 248.320.4529

Erie Islands Water Trail Celebration Comes to Oak Point State Park

Ohio water trailsThe Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) invites you to Oak Point State Park on South Bass Island Tuesday, 6 August 2019 at 10:30am, to attend the designation of Ohio’s newest state water trail. The Lake Erie Islands Water Trail guides paddlers to the public access sites on the waters of the Lake Erie Islands region.

The ceremony will feature remarks by ODNR Director Mary Mertz as well as the Lake Erie Water Trail Partners including Put-in-Bay Township Park District, National Park Service, U.S Fish and Wildlife Service and The Ohio State University Sea Grant.

Following the designation ceremony, participants are invited to join ODNR Director Mertz on a 45-minute kayak float from Put-In-Bay to Gibraltar Island. Kayaks will be provided to those who need one.

Please let us know if you require transport on the shuttle and if you will need a kayak by sending email to heidi.evans”at”dnr.ohio.gov 

Interested attendees are encouraged to depart from Catawba on the Miller Ferry at 9 a.m. (cost is 7.50 per adult one-way or $15 per adult roundtrip). For more information on ferry tickets, please visit www.millerferry.com. Because parking is limited at Oak Point State Park, attendees should park their car at Miller Ferry. A shuttle will bring transport attendees to the event upon arrival of the 9 a.m. ferry at Put-In-Bay. After the ceremony and canoe float, a shuttle will return participants to the ferry dock in time to board the 1 p.m. ferry back to Catawba.