Miller Ferry Updates Travel Protocols

MBL RecommendsThese Safety Protocols when Traveling July 2020

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  July 6, 2020 — COVID-19 Update

Miller Ferries operates at reduced capacity to allow better social distancing aboard the vessels.

You may experience longer wait times.

Some Put-in-Bay businesses may be:
– Operating at reduced capacity
– Operating on reduced hours
– Closed at this time

Please contact individual businesses for updated information.

Saturdays:

–NO same-day round-trip passenger tickets from Catawba are sold after 5pm to accommodate return passengers from Put-in-Bay.

–Proof of accommodation is required when bringing a vehicle on weekends and holidays.

–Weekend Golf Cart rentals may be sold out at the island where we drop off (unless you have an existing reservation).

 


Miller Boat Line Travel Policies Updated

Miller FerryResponse to COVID-19:  Announcements from Miller Boat Line

April 29, 2020 Updates on Travel Policies

This is the list of policies Miller Boat Line continues to implement along with schedule changes. We take our responsibility for the transportation of needed goods and services seriously and will continue to do so. Miller Boat Line will do everything in its power to fulfill its obligation as “Lifeline to the Islands.” We hope to be able to welcome everyone back to the islands soon. Updates will be posted to MillerFerry.com and Facebook.

Peace and Health to everyone.

Essential Travel (Find a copy of Ohio’s Stay at Home Order at coronavirus.ohio.gov)

  • Miller Boat Line will only transport essential travel to Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass Island as long as Ohio’s Stay at Home Order is in effect. This includes residents, property owners, workers, and essential services. Tourism visits to the islands are not permitted at this time, including recreational fishermen with boats and trailers.
  • Restaurants, bars, shops, public restrooms and attractions are temporarily closed. Some restaurants are open for carry-out only. Some retail shops may open beginning May 12.
  • Essential businesses that remain open to island residents at this time: Island General Store, Post Office, Gas Station, Island Hardware, and a few restaurants (carry-out only).

Health and Safety

  • We ask everyone to follow all recommendations set forth by the CDC (cdc.gov) on the ferries as well as on the islands.
  • High contact areas (i.e. handrails, door knobs, etc) on the vessels, ticket booths, and waiting areas will be sanitized after every trip.
  • Passengers shall remain in their vehicles for the duration of the trip.
  • No more than ten people at a time allowed in the passenger cabin aboard the vessel.
  • Walk on passengers practice social distancing (6 feet minimum) aboard vessels and docks.
  • Upon return to the islands from winter travel/vacation PLEASE self-quarantine for a minimum of 14 days as recommended by the CDC.
  • Our main office is closed to the public. Phones will be answered Monday-Friday 8am to 4pm.

Miller Boat LIneFerry Schedules:  Schedules subject to change at any time. Updates can be found on MillerFerry.com

Put-in-Bay Schedule (Through May 17)
Sunday-Friday
NO Saturday Trips
Leave Put-in-Bay       Leave Catawba
8:00 am                           8:30 am
9:00 am                           9:30 am
10:00 am                         10:30 am
11:00 am                         11:30 am
1:30 pm                           2:00 pm
2:30 pm                           3:00 pm
3:30 pm                           4:00 pm
4:30 pm                           5:00 pm

Middle Bass Island Schedule (Through May 19)
Call Main Office (419-285-2421) for vehicle reservations
Leave Middle Bass                  Leave Catawba
8:15 am             Mon & Tues              9:15 am
10:45 am                                              11:45 am
3:15 pm                                                 4:15 pm

8:15 am                Friday                    9:15 am
3:15 pm                                               4:15 pm
5:15 pm                                               6:15 pm

9:15 am               Sunday                 10:15 am
1:15 pm                                              2:15 pm
3:15 pm                                              4:15 pm

Please note that these schedules are subject to change at any time. Updates can be found on MillerFerry.com.

Sincerely,
Miller Boat Line
Put-in-Bay
800-500-2421
419-285-2421 local
mblinfo “at” millerferry.com


Miller Boat Line Anticipates Gale Winds, Adjusts Schedule

Gale Warning

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On Sunday, 12 April 2020, Miller Boat Line will run one trip to/from the islands since the forecast for running trips on Monday looks questionable. Boats will leave Put-in-Bay 1pm/Leave Catawba 1:30pm, and Leave Middle Bass 1:15pm/Leave Catawba 2:15pm.

URGENT - MARINE WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Cleveland OH
955 AM EDT Sat Apr 11 2020

Lake Erie nearshore waters from Maumee Bay to Reno Beach OH-
Lake Erie nearshore waters from Reno Beach to The Islands OH-
Lake Erie nearshore waters from The Islands to Vermilion OH-
Lake Erie open waters from Maumee Bay to Reno Beach OH-
Lake Erie open waters from Reno Beach to The Islands OH-
Lake Erie open waters from The Islands to Vermilion OH-
955 AM EDT Sat Apr 11 2020

GALE WATCH IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY MORNING THROUGH LATE MONDAY NIGHT
* WHAT...West gales to 40 knots with gusts up to 55 knots and
  waves 3 to 6 feet possible.

* WHERE...Portions of central and western Lake Erie.

* WHEN...From Monday morning through late Monday night.

* IMPACTS...Strong winds can cause hazardous waves which could
  capsize or damage vessels and reduce visibility.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Water levels across the western basin will
  likely fall below the critical mark for safe navigation during
  the period of gale force winds.

Miller Ferry Updates Service Schedule

Miller Ferry to Put in Bay

millerferry.com

Effective: Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

Miller Boat Line will be operating on a reduced schedule to both Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass Islands. This is an action that has not been taken lightly and has been given considerable thought.

Put in Bay

We take our responsibility for the transportation of needed goods and services very seriously and will continue to do so. Vital, necessary, and required supplies for the residents of these islands will be our top priority during these trying times and for the immediate future. Miller Boat Line will do everything in its power to fulfill its obligation as the “Lifeline to the islands”.

Schedules are subject to change and updates will post at MillerFerry.com.

Put-in-Bay Schedule
Monday through Friday Only
No Saturday/Sunday trips

Leave Put-in-Bay             Leave Catawba
8:30 am                             9:00 am
9:30 am                            10:00 am
10:30 am                          11:00 am
2:00 pm                            2:30 pm
3:00 pm                            3:30 pm
4:00 pm                            4:30 pm

Middle Bass Island Schedule
Monday, Tuesday, & Friday Only

Leave Middle Bass                  Leave Catawba
8:15 am      Mon, Tues, Fri     9:15 am
1:15 pm      Mon, Tues, Fri     2:15 pm
3:15 pm   Monday & Friday   4:15 pm

Peace and health to everyone.

Sincerely,
Miller Boat Line
Put-in-Bay
800-500-2421
419-285-2421 local
mblinfo “at” millerferry.com


Miller Ferry Response to Covid-19

Ferry to Put in BayMiller Ferry

To Our Customers, Visitors, Employees, and Community:

These are unusual times that require strong actions. Our priorities focus on the health of our families, employees, residents, customers, and health of our small island communities. The islands are not a place to escape, nor a safe haven from events the world is experiencing. We are a community of senior citizens, families, and children who live here. Those returning from vacations and winter residences please refer to government recommendations about self-quarantine to help reduce the risk of exposure on the islands. Miller Boat Line will follow federal and state guidelines and mandates to help ensure everyone’s safety and well-being in this evolving situation. We ask everyone to take these events seriously and take ALL precautions recommended.

Many people will be returning to the islands after spending time at their winter homes and travels. Like everyone, we hope for a return to normalcy as smoothly as possible.

We recommend the following Guidelines:

  • If you board the ferry in a vehicle, please remain in the vehicle aboard the ferry.
  • Follow health precautions and limit interactions with others.
  • Practice safe handling of your tickets when passing to crew members.

We will update everyone as needed throughout this ongoing health situation. Updates will post on MillerFerry.com.

Peace and health to everyone during these challenging times.

Sincerely,
Miller Boat Line
Put-in-Bay
800-500-2421
419-285-2421 local
mblinfo@millerferry.com