Shoreline Ice A Real Tease

Shore iceShore iceTwenty-three knot southwest wind gusts push mighty ice floes into and around South Bass Island.  The shoreline ice creates a real tease for ice-lovers on the Bass Islands.

Shore ice

Ice swells at Miller Boat Line’s Lime Kiln Dock

West Shore looking toward Green Island

Shore ice

Village ramp closed!

Shore ice

West Shore ramp



U.S. Coast Guard Light List Available for 2020

Coast Guard Light Lists are a means for communicating aids to navigation information to the maritime public. The last government printed Light Lists were the 2014 editions.

While the Light Lists will no longer be available in government printed form, commercial reproductions may be available for purchase from maritime service providers.  Local Notice to Mariners will continue to advise Light List corrections and NAVCEN will continue to publish a compilation of corrections.

Complete versions of the 2020 Light Lists are updated weekly on the NAVCEN website and mariners should download applicable copies and updates as needed at:

A summary of 2020 Light List corrections are available at:

Guidance for use of electronic navigation publications onboard U.S. vessels can be found at:

Milder Temperature Brings Out Water Fowl & Fishermen

Lake ErieSouth Bass Island Lighthouse weather station recorded a mild temperature of 39.7°F at 3pm.  Out on Lake Erie, fishermen and water fowl absorbed the bright sunshine.  The remainder of the week, according to NOAA, does not suggest anything like “wintry.”
National Weather Service Cleveland
338 PM EST Sun Dec 22 2019

Lake Erie

Looking toward Kelleys Island

High pressure will remain over the eastern United States
through the middle of the week.Lake Erie





A strong upper ridge over the central CONUS continues east for
Christmas Eve and Day and will support surface high pressure. This will keep the area dry. The main weather concern through the period will be a warm front that moves through the area by Wednesday. The forecast area will be in the warm sector for Christmas Day and temperatures will warm significantly. The recent trend in the medium range guidance is warmer with 850 mb temperatures trying to reach 10 degrees Celsius by midday Wednesday. With that, have slightly warmer temperatures on Tuesday and Wednesday with highs in the low to mid-50s for Wednesday.

Lake Erie Islands Conservancy Keeps Momentum Going

Lake Erie Islands Conservancy continues to successfully promote the beautiful natural environment in Lake Erie’s Western Basin.  Their winter newsletter addresses such incredible items as land donation, new geocaches, Clean Ohio Conservation Fund Grants, Wildlife Diversity Partners, island birding surprises, and Great Lakes Alliance developments.  If you want an example of heroic and devoted community service, look no further than our very own Conservancy!

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Canadian Coast Guard Cutter Limnos Visits Put-in-Bay

Canadian Coast Guard Cutter Limnos arrives in Put-in-Bay at 12:26pm on Thursday.  It departs at 12:49pm, after appearing to take a sounding and CCG Limnossharing a brief communication with Miller Boat Line ferry, Islander, on VHF channels 16 and 8.

The vessel’s name originates from “limnology,” the study of inland waters with emphasis on biological, chemical, physical, and geological attributes, according to the CCG.  It is Canada’s principal research ship in the Great Lakes.  CCG LimnosThe 1968 ship is classified as “Mid Shore Science Vessel” and has Burlington, Ontario (Lake Ontario), as home port.