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.

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
The 10 Most Romantic Things To Do At Put-in-Bay

The 10 Most Romantic Things To Do At Put-in-Bay 13 Feb, 20

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we thought we’d share some of what Put-in-Bay has to offer couples. Now obviously you can’t enjoy any of these things on Valentine’s Day, since right now the ferries aren’t running and the island isn’t hosting visitors, but when you book your couple’s getaway on Valentine’s Day for this summer, you can take a look at this list and start to plan all the romantic things you can do together! For couples looking to celebrate... more information
Golf Cart Rental 101

Golf Cart Rental 101 11 Feb, 20

Golf Cart Rental Put-In-Bay BOOK NOW! Golf Cart Rental Put-In-Bay is the way to see the island.  In fact, getting a golf cart to explore and see all of the great sights is the a must for most.  The demand for rental golf carts is so high that they often sell out!  Read on to learn about where to Rent a Put-In-Bay Golf Cart, how to Reserve a Cart and All Things about Renting a Golf Cart. Top 3 Put-in-Bay... more information
Swim Up Bar: Mist

Swim Up Bar: Mist 06 Feb, 20

Swim up bars on Put-In-Bay are sort of a right of passage.  A pilgrimage if you will, to a place like none other.  A place where the cold drinks abound, the music blares and the crowd goes nuts, all in a their swimming suits.  There is something that is just plain cool about swimming up and ordering a drink in the water.   Mist Pool Bar at Mr. Ed’s is the best place to do just that and much, much... more information
Top 7 Reasons to Stay at the Put-in-Bay Condos

Top 7 Reasons to Stay at the Put-in-Bay Condos 04 Feb, 20

Why stay at the Put-In-Bay Waterfront Condos? The brand-new Put-In-Bay Waterfront Condos have been in high demand ever since construction of the facility was finished in June of 2016. We are often asked what makes the Condos so great, so here are the Top 7 Reasons to Stay at the Put-in-Bay Condos. They boast arguably the best views of Lake Erie and the surrounding islands, a fantastic swimming pool and so much more. There are many things to love about... more information
Jet Ski Rental

Jet Ski Rental 25 Jan, 20

Jet Ski Rental Put-In-Bay to see the island from an excellent perspective.  Splash in the waters of Lake Erie and see the beautiful rocky shoreline of South Bass Island.  Also, there are chances to see other Lake Erie Islands like Kelleys Island and our sister island Middle Bass Island. Jet Ski Put-In-Bay Rental Providers   Put-in-Bay Jet Ski Rental Put-In-Bay Watercraft Rentals offers more than just jet ski rentals on the island.  There are stand-up paddleboards, lake worthy power boats... more information
Boat Show Put-in-Bay Day: 2020 Cleveland Boat Show

Boat Show Put-in-Bay Day: 2020 Cleveland Boat Show 12 Jan, 20

Boat Show Put-In-Bay Day at the 2020 Cleveland Boat Show and Fishing Expo sponsored by Progressive Insurance Thursday January 16th, 2020. The expo kicks off with the Lake Erie Islands in the forefront.  The mood is festive as the theme is all things Put-In-Bay.  There is never a bad time to put an Island in Your Life! Grab some of the famous Lobster Bisque prepared by the masters at The Boardwalk Restaurant.  The succulent lobster and creamy base will leave... more information
Things You May Not Know About Put-in-Bay: It’s Home to People like You and Me

Things You May Not Know About Put-in-Bay: It’s Home to People like You and Me 06 Nov, 19

First things first, Put-in-Bay is a village located on South Bass Island who’s population is just under 150 people. That is one of the first Things You May Not Know About Put-in-Bay. The majority of those 150 people are full-time residents who remain on the island year-round. Yes, that includes the winter! There is one school on the Island: Put-in-Bay School. The Put-in-Bay Local School District teaches classes from Preschool to the 12th Grade from South Bass Island, Middle Bass... more information
Put-in-Bay’s Most Frequently Asked Questions

Put-in-Bay’s Most Frequently Asked Questions 14 Oct, 19

People often call us with random Put-in-Bay questions so we decided to make a list of Put-in-Bay’s Most Frequently Asked Questions. These range from topics such as what is the name of the monument, when do the ferries run, how much is a house rental, are golf carts allowed, is it ok for kids… ? We’ve come up with a few lists of questions and answers to help you! Here is the first: Q- What does Put-in-Bay mean? A- Several... 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.