Put-in-Bay News

Located on Lake Erie’s South Bass Island, Put-in-Bay village is a short ferry ride from Port Clinton or Catawba Island, Ohio. From Cleveland, the 65-mile drive via the Ohio Turnpike or Route 2 takes about an hour. Keep updated on the latest news about Put-in-Bay to pre-plan your trip.

The History of Joe’s Bar – Put-in-Bay, Ohio  

The History of Joe’s Bar – Put-in-Bay, Ohio   07 Apr, 20

The History of Joe’s Bar The building where Joe’s Bar stands today was built to be a press house to press grapes in the winemaking business. It is believed to have been built in the late 1860’s or early 1870’s making it one of the oldest buildings, still standing on the island (older than Round House) and truly an integral part of the Put-in-Bay history. The history of Joe’s Bar in unique as it transformed with each generation. From a... more information
Ohio State Marching Band COVID-19 Tribute & Put-in-Bay

Ohio State Marching Band COVID-19 Tribute & Put-in-Bay 06 Apr, 20

The Ohio State University Marching and Athletic Bands places the highest priority on the safety of its community, so they have postponed all their practice and events for the rest of the semester. However, that doesn’t stop the band’s creativity. The Ohio State University Marching Band, aka the Best Damn Band In The Land (TBDBITL), is ready to get out of quarantine and visitputinbay, just like you! Shelter in Place with some of our band members and enjoy this… TBDBITL... more information
Put-in-Bay Transit Canal Approved!

Put-in-Bay Transit Canal Approved! 31 Mar, 20

Construction of Transit Canal to be Completed in 2022 It’s official! The long-discussed and debated “transit canal” transversing the east-side lawn at Perry’s Monument will become a reality in 2022. Planners from the Village of Put-in-Bay, the National Park System, Homeland Security, the Put-in-Bay Port Authority, the Ohio Highway Department and Army Corps of Engineers recently approved $8 million in funding for the project. According to www.putinbay.news, construction will start at the end of the 2020 season and will coincide... more information
The Put-in-Bay Nightlife Experience

The Put-in-Bay Nightlife Experience 23 Mar, 20

Put-in-Bay Bars and Nightlife What if I told you there is an island in the middle of Lake Erie full of local bars and restaurants and has a booming nightlife scene? Put-in-Bay Ohio is the place to be all summer long. The island is only accessible by ferry and is often nicknamed “The Key West of the North” for its Caribbean feel. The Put-in-Bay restaurants and bars are all local small businesses that entertain thousands of fun-seeking visitors every day!... more information
Put-in-Bay Restaurants Fave 5

Put-in-Bay Restaurants Fave 5 11 Mar, 20

Put in Bay Restaurants and Bars Fave 5 of South Bass Island. With so many to choose from and such a diversity of options, this list is merely an attempt to pick just five. Pull up a bar stool and let’s take a food and drink journey through some of the very best island dining options and places to have a drink. Here are our favorite Put-in-Bay Restaurants in no particular order. 5. Hooligan’s Irish Pub Belly up to a... more information
Put-in-Bay Ohio News – The Ferry is Running!

Put-in-Bay Ohio News – The Ferry is Running! 06 Mar, 20

PUT-IN-BAY FERRY STARTS SUNDAY – SPRING IS HERE! 01 | The Ferry Is Running The moment everyone has been waiting for has arrived! The Miller Ferry is making its first trips to and from Put-in-Bay on Sunday, March 8th, and everyone can finally head back to our island paradise. Give us a call at 216-898-9951 to book today! PUT-IN-BAY FERRY > 02 | New 2020 Island Guide Before you visit the island, you can download and/or print out our 10... more information
Your Put-in-Bay Shopping Experience Made Simple

Your Put-in-Bay Shopping Experience Made Simple 04 Mar, 20

Shopping on Put-in-Bay The Lake Erie Islands are well known for their laid back feel, local restaurants, fun nightlife, must-see attractions, and shopping. From Cleveland, our island is roughly an hour drive to the Put-in-Bay Island ferries. Once off the either the Miller ferry or Jet Express, its time to head to downtown Put-in-Bay and explore. Our little island makes you feel far away from Ohio so make sure you set your watch to island time. Rent a golf cart... more information
Bay To Z: The Definitive Alphabetical Guide to Put-in-Bay

Bay To Z: The Definitive Alphabetical Guide to Put-in-Bay 28 Feb, 20

We’re so excited that winter is almost on its way out. In just a few weeks Put-in-Bay will be welcoming its first visitors of 2020. We believe that this is going to be the best year ever for our little island, and we can’t wait to get started. So in honor of the upcoming 2020 season, here’s a little peek at incredible Put-in-Bay, Ohio, Sesame Street style! A is for Airport This may not seem like the most exciting place... more information
Put-in-Bay Birding Bliss

Put-in-Bay Birding Bliss 18 Feb, 20

Birding on Put-In-Bay is an excellent way to see the incredible wildlife that visits and calls the island home.  The varied flora and fauna is ever-changing.  Many migratory birds stop by South Bass Island and the other Lake Erie Islands.  Furthermore, the abundance of parks and greenspace on Put in Bay provides many places to take it all in. Biggest Week in American Birding 2020 The Biggest Week in American Birding location is the wonderful Northwest Ohio region.  This year... more information


From the dock, it’s a short trip across Lake Erie via two ferries: Jet Express (jet-express.com, 1-800-245-1538) costs $17.50 one way (or $19.75 from Sandusky) and $4.50 per bike. Parking is $12/day to park in the main lot or $10 (one time in/out) in a lot one block away. Miller Ferry from Catawba Island (millerferry.com) costs $7 one way, $2 per bike and $15 for cars. Limited free parking; if it’s full, an auxiliary lot costs $5/day. If you absolutely must bring your car (while permitted, it’s not encouraged because parking is so limited), you can use the Miller Ferry for an extra $15.

Golf Carts

Once on island, golf carts are the preferred method of transportation. Prices range from $11-$17/hour for a 2-, 4- or 6-passenger cart, or $70-$90 per day. An overnight, weekend or holiday rental adds $10 to the bill. Reservations are recommended, especially on weekends. You also can rent bikes ($5/hour or $15/day) and mopeds ($15/hour or $60/day). For those not in a hurry, buses run all over the island late into the evening ($2.50 per ride), and there are also taxis, which charge a flat rate of $3 per person.


Do you want to be right in the middle of the action or somewhere quiet? Relaxing in luxury or happy just with the basics? Put-in-Bay has everything from economy hotels and full-service resorts to charming B&Bs and rustic state campgrounds. During the season (April through late October), there also are more than 100 homes available to rent. Note: Hotel rooms and rental homes can be nearly impossible to find on weekends without a reservation, so plan accordingly.


Put-in-Bay Ohio offers a full listing of information for visitors to explore. Our Put-in-Bay News and Blog Posts are meant to explore the history, events, and passions of our Lake Erie island. We welcome guest posts and would be happy to discuss opportunities.

Historically, Put-in-Bay has been involved with the largest naval battles in the Lake Erie region between Britain, Canada, and the USA. While there are multiple Lake Erie Islands, Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island stands out as the most visited, most historic, and most noted.

Put-in-Bay is a popular vacation spot just a couple miles offshore of mainland Northwest Ohio in Lake Erie. While “Put-in-Bay” is technically the name of the village on South Bass Island, the name commonly is often used to refer to the entire island. A summer resort since the mid-1800’s, the village can be considered the hub of tourism among the Lake Erie Islands and busier than any surrounding island. With its numerous taverns, wineries, restaurants, waterfront condos, rental homes, and hotels it is a staycation mecca.