And the First Ferry Contest Winner is . . .

The winner of the 2023 PiBDaily™ First Ferry contest is Beth Turvey.

Ms. Turvey correctly foretold the date of Miller Boat Line’s first-ferry run of the 2023 season–1 March.  Congratulations!

Ms. Turvey wins two passenger round-trip tickets and one round-trip vehicle ticket to Put-in-Bay on Miller Ferries.


Miller Boat LinePut-in-Bay Daily received 150 entries, five of whom selected 1 March.  However, Ms. Turvey was the first to send in the correct date.  The lucky winner should send an email to pibdaily “at” with her mailing address to receive the prize.

Miller Boat Line announced today that the first operations for the 2023 season will start on 1 March 2023.  See the limited schedule below.Miller Boat Line

Win 2023 Miller Ferry Tickets from PiBDaily

Win Miller Ferry TicketsThe time and air pressure are just right for you to win 2023 Miller Ferry tickets from Put-in-Bay Daily!

Miller Boat Line’s 2023 schedules are out, with an official start date for Put-in-Bay trips on 23 March, and 30 March for Middle Bass Island.

This year, Put-in-Bay Daily™ awards round-trip tickets for two passengers and one car to the individual who submits the actual first day of operations to Put-in-Bay in 2023.

Entrants must submit a specific date via e-mail to pibdaily “at” or via a reply to our Facebook page at

The first correct entry received takes the prize, in case of duplicates.  The entry deadline is midnight, 19 February 2023.  One entry date per person.

View the Miller Boat Line 2023 brochures below:

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Winter Preparation via Miller Boat Line

Preparation for winter on the Bass Islands includes transferring one’s vehicle to the mainland via Miller Boat Line rather than keeping it at home.

When Lake Erie freezes, the most typical way to complete off-island missions is to fly to Port Clinton and then drive to one’s appointment, shopping, or vacation destination.  Deciding when to take the island car over to Catawba depends significantly on weather forecasts, and even more importantly upon the subtle but clear hints posted by Captain Billy Market.

As a point of reference, the water temperature recorded at Marblehead, Ohio, was 38°F (3°c) this morning, the boat line is on an “extended schedule” with abrupt cancellations not out of the question, and “word around town” indicates Billy Market’s car will go over this week.

Consequently, “the day” for many Put-in-Bay residents arrived.  The first run on the Miller Ferry at 8:30am was jam-packed with vehicles, according to Ticket Booth Manager Connie Drake.  PiBDaily chose to follow suit on the 9:30am boat.  The video below chronicles this adventure–arrival at the Lime Kiln Dock, boarding, departure, arrival at Catawba, parking the car, and returning to South Bass Island on the 10am run.

Though not all attempt to do this in one hour, the transfer remains a well-known experience for islanders and part of the grand island-life!