Miller Ferry Expertise Revealed in Gale Conditions

Put in Bay storm

Lime Kiln Dock, South Bass Island

Miller Boat LineMiller Ferry brought the last run of the day from Catawba to Put-in-Bay at 5:47pm, just as the lighthouse wind speed was recorded from the southwest at 40 knots (46mph).  The gusts reached 51mph, and the air temperature read 42.8°F.   A Gale Warning remains in effect until 11am Friday.  Two vehicles and no foot-passengers arrived on the M/V Put-in-Bay.  WindAlert indicates improved conditions do not arrive until Friday afternoon. Kudos to the crew for managing truly difficult seas!   Click images for enlarged views.Miller Ferry in stormMiller Ferry in stormMiller Ferry in stormMiller Ferry in stormMiller Ferry in storm

Stormy Lake Erie

View to the southwest from Put-in-Bay Lightouse on Halloween 2019.



Last Labor Day Ferry Bids Summer Bon Voyage

Last FerryLast FerryOn Monday evening, Island residents gathered at Miller Boat Line Lime Kiln Dock to say, unofficially, “Goodbye to summer.”  After bicyclists, pedestrians, and a few vehicles boarded the ferry, fireworks and cheering accompanied the departure of the 8pm boat to Catawba.  Coach Shuffenecker and members of the Put-in-Bay School Volleyball team collected donations for the suicide prevention fund as the community celebrated another dynamic tourist season.

Heat Wave Coming to Put-in-Bay

Click to monitor webcam!

National Weather Service Cleveland OH 406 PM EDT Tue Jul 16 2019

The main story for the short term forecast period will be the extreme temperatures. A heat dome over the SE CONUS . . . will nudge north into the lower Great Lakes region bringing moist and abnormally hot air. As of now, the extended guidance is in fairly good agreement on 850 mb temperatures reaching the 18 to 21 degrees Celsius range on Thursday and warming to 21 to 24 degrees Celsius on Friday. This will translate to upper 80s to low 90sfor highs on Thursday and low to upper 90s on Friday. Dew points in the 60s and 70s will allow for heat indices over 100 degrees, especially on Friday. Heat headlines will likely be needed for the end of the week, but it is never too early to  begin making heat preparations.

Weather Changes on Horizon, Again

Weather reports from NOAA suggest another round of soggy conditions for the Bass Islands and north shores of Ohio:

East to northeast winds will increase late tonight and lead to rising
water levels on the western basin of Lake Erie. Lakeshore flooding is
possible along the western shoreline of Lake Erie and the Lake Erie
Islands late tonight. High water levels and the potential for Lakeshore
Flooding will continue on the western basin of Lake Erie on Sunday.

Saturday morning white caps in Put-in-Bay harbor: “The sheep are grazing!”

Miller Boat Line Weather Awareness for Sunday, 5/12/19 ~ Strong NE winds are predicted that can affect the Miller Ferry schedules.

Great Lakes water levels information HERE!

Nor’Easter Hurls Lake Erie Ashore

Nor’Easter becomes an all too familiar expression as another round of fierce winds raises Lake Erie water levels.  Steady readings in the upper teens, and Put in Bay Nor'Eastergusts approaching 30 knots, are in the South Bass Island Lighthouse weather record for Wednesday.  As night falls around the Bass Islands, the Put in Bay Nor'Easterbarometer drops and ENE wind continues to batter the eastern shoreline.  A Lakeshore Flood Warning is in effect until 8am Thursday, 9 May 2019.

Due to water spilling violently over the island’s shores, Miller Boat Line docked the Put-in-Bay at South Bass Island State Park as a precautionary measure.  Afternoon operations were curtailed; as of this writing no report on ferry service for Thursday.  Check with Miller Ferry for updates.Put in Bay Nor'Easter

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Put-in-Bay Unwraps for Business

Miller FerryMiller Boat Line, in addition to its fundamental role as conveyor of cars and people to the Bass Islands, provides a healthy selection of information for summer visitors.  Below is a listing of businesses which have opened or scheduled opening during April and May.  Additional information resources, such as an interactive visitor’s map, are at Miller Ferry!

Put-in-Bay Open Dates

Opening in April

Boathouse Bar and Grill – Open Weekends, Daily 5/17 (419) 285-5665

Brewery – 4/26 Weekends (419) 285-4677

Butterfly House – 4/27 Daily (419) 285-2446

Cameo Pizza – Open Weekends (419) 285-4444

E’s Golf Carts – Open Weekends, Daily 4/13 (419) 285-5553

Erie Islands Petroleum/Pit Stop – Daily (419) 285-7041

Erie Island Carts – Daily (419) 285-5278

Frosty’s – Open Weekends (419) 285-3278

Heineman’s Winery Sales Room – 4/19 Daily (419) 285-2811

Island Beverage Center – Open Daily (419) 285-2337

Island Bike and Cart Rental – Open Weekends (419) 285-2016

Island General Store – Open Daily (419) 285-4091

Island Hardware Store – Open Daily (419) 285-6887

Lime Kiln Bus – 4/20 Weekends, 4/27 Daily (419) 285-4855

Mariner’s Locker – Open Weekends (419) 285-7005

Misty Bay – Open Daily (419) 285-7925

Mr. Ed’s Bar and Grille – Open Weekends (419) 285-5042

Pasquales – Open Daily (419) 285-8600

Perry’s Cave and Family Fun Center – 4/27 Daily (419) 285-2283

Put-in-Bay T-Shirt Shop – Open Weekends (419) 285-7006

Put-in-Bay Taxi – Daily (419) 285-6161

Put-in-Bay Township Parks – Daily
Massie Cliffside Preserve, Scheeff East Point Nature Preserve, Jane Coates Wild Flower Trail

Put-in-Bay Winery – Open Saturdays only (419) 285-3343

Red Moon – Open Friday/Saturday 7pm

Reel Bar – Open Weds thru Sun (419) 285-1318

Round House Bar – Open Weekends (419) 285-2323

Tipper’s – Open Daily (419) 285-8477

Topsy Turvey – Open Daily (419) 285-4511

Wharfside – Open Daily (419) 285-4511

Opening in May

Beer Barrel – 5/3 Weekends (419) 285-2337

Boardwalk Main Deck – 5/17 Weekends (419) 285-3695

Boardwalk Upper Deck – 5/3 Weekends, 5/23 Daily (419) 285-3695

Boathouse Biergarten – 5/16 Daily (419) 285-5665

Fishbowl – 5/2 Daily (419) 285-3833

Goat Soup & Whiskey – 5/17 Daily (419) 285-4628

Heineman Winery Tours – 5/4 Daily (419) 285-2811

Hooligans – 5/3 Daily (419) 285-3695

Joe’s Bar -5/1 Daily (419) 285-5637

The Keys -5/17 Weekends (419) 285-3695

Mojito Bay – 5/3 Weekends (Weather Depending)

Mossbacks – 5/2 Daily (419) 285-8888

Old Forge – 5/11 Daily (419) 285-0022

Perry’s Monument  & Visitor’s Center – 5/18 Daily (419) 285-2184

Tour Train – 5/25 Daily (419) 285-4855