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 COVID-19 Update: Vaccinations begin at the Bay

Put-in-Bay COVID-19 Update: Vaccinations begin at the Bay 08 Jan, 21

Put-in-Bay COVID-19 Vaccinations Begin This week’s big news out of Put-in-Bay is on a topic that’s big news all around the world. The first Put-in-Bay COVID-19 vaccinations have begun to roll out on the island. This past Tuesday saw the first island residents receiving vaccines. They were, of course, Put-in-Bay’s first responders. Members of the Fire Department, Police Department, EMS and a handful of teachers received their vaccines. Updates From Fire Department and EMS Kelly Mohn, of Put-in-Bay EMS, told... more information
Perry’s Family Fun Center – Kid Approved!

Perry’s Family Fun Center – Kid Approved! 22 Dec, 20

Considered by most visitors as one of the main family-friendly and kid approved attractions in Put-In-Bay, Perry’s Family Fun Center features a variety of fun and exciting things to do: Perry’s Cave, the Butterfly House, War of 18 Holes mini-golf, gemstone mining, a rock climbing wall, a fort maze and a small antique car museum. There’s even a snack stand to get refreshments and take a quick break from all the fun. Families can easily spend half of a day... more information
Guided Tour of Put-in-Bay in a Classic 1966 Pink El Dorado Convertible

Guided Tour of Put-in-Bay in a Classic 1966 Pink El Dorado Convertible 26 Nov, 20

Join us on a beautiful sunny day at Put-in-Bay in a Classic 1966 Pink El Dorado Convertible. Below is one of our many island videos to enjoy before you come for a visit! Enjoy the ride! more information
Hotel Victory:  Put-in-Bay’s “Grandest” Memory

Hotel Victory: Put-in-Bay’s “Grandest” Memory 11 Nov, 20

The crown jewel of the Lake Erie Islands is Put-in-Bay (South Bass Island). The island offers a rich history, and tourists have been visiting Put-in-Bay for more than 200 years. The Hotel Victory is one of many stops that guests have made. It was from Put-in-Bay that Commodore Perry and his fleet found victory over the British in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. And ever since then, Put-in-Bay has come to represent freedom, joy, and... more information
Saying Goodbye to the 2020 Put-in-Bay Season

Saying Goodbye to the 2020 Put-in-Bay Season 04 Nov, 20

During the peak season on South Bass Island, more than 750,000 tourists visit between May and September! This number was threatened due to the restrictions on tourism in Put-in-Bay. Ohioans stuck together and stayed at home to stop the spread of COVID-19. When it was safe, leaders of this Lake Erie Island came together to see if opening up was a possibility. In 2020, Put-in-Bay, Ohio saw challenges that no one could’ve imagined. To keep guests safe and make this... more information
Work From Home on Put-in-Bay, Ohio: High-Speed Internet at Island Club and Waterfront Condos
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Work From Home on Put-in-Bay, Ohio: High-Speed Internet at Island Club and Waterfront Condos 30 Oct, 20

The Challenge of Wi-Fi on Put-in-Bay Island While Lake Erie is beautiful and surrounds our island, it has made bringing high-speed Wi-Fi to Put-in-Bay a challenge. It has been difficult to give guests the speed of the internet needed to work, stream, and more for years. If guests wanted to work from the island, WiFi was spotty and unreliable. After many years and attempts, our cable and internet company has brought high-speed capability to The Waterfront Condos and The Island... more information
Put-in-Bay Upcoming Summer Events You Should Attend

Put-in-Bay Upcoming Summer Events You Should Attend 23 Oct, 20

In the Southwest corner of the Lake Erie Basin, there is a little island called South Bass Island, with a little village called Put-in-Bay, which has a plethora of Put-in-Bay upcoming summer events. This island is home to the famous, some may say infamous, summer boating town of Put-in-Bay, Ohio. Visitors come from near and far to enjoy the summer activities both on and off the water from April 1st through October 31st. (The island is usually ice-locked with no... more information
Put-in-Bay Island Diary September 2020

Put-in-Bay Island Diary September 2020 02 Oct, 20

The following piece is published in the August Put-in-Bay Gazette.The Gazette has been producing incredible independent Put-in-Bay island news for over 40 years. If you have any interest at all in what is happening on South Bass Island, we urge you strongly to subscribe to the Put-in-Bay Gazette. One-year online subscriptions are only $15, and print subscriptions are available as well. To subscribe please click the button below. Click Here to Subscribe Island Diary September 2020 Tue., Sept. 1st –... more information
Why You Need to Visit This Fantastic Put-in-Bay National Park

Why You Need to Visit This Fantastic Put-in-Bay National Park 14 Sep, 20

There’s something so awe-inspiring about visiting a piece of our nation’s history. You learn something new, and you come away from the experience with an enhanced appreciation for the United States. Many people don’t know that there is a significant national monument in the small island town of Put-in-Bay, Ohio. Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial is the only Put-in-Bay national park. Read on to learn more about this impressive monument’s historical significance. There’s so much to discover on Put-in-Bay.... 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.

There are a few golf cart rental agencies we recommend when visiting Put-in-Bay. Learn more about the Island Club Golf Carts, Put-in-Bay Condo Golf Carts, and the Put-in-Bay Golf Cart Depot.


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.