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.

Last Minute Deal For A Beautiful Weekend!

Last Minute Deal For A Beautiful Weekend! 03 Jun, 20

We’re expecting great weather this weekend at the Bay, and while many people have taken advantage and booked up their places to stay, we’ve still got room for a few lucky groups to come have an amazing time at Put-in-Bay! Our island lodging partners below are offering some great specials and last minute deals to fill up their final rooms, houses, and condos. So don’t spend your weekend at home indoors, get to Put-in-Bay Ohio with some people you care... more information
Enjoy a Guided Tour of Put-in-Bay in a Classic 1966 Pink El Dorado Convertible

Enjoy a Guided Tour of Put-in-Bay in a Classic 1966 Pink El Dorado Convertible 01 Jun, 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
Bash on the Bay 2020 Cancelled

Bash on the Bay 2020 Cancelled 29 May, 20

Put-in-Bay Bash on the Bay 2020 is Cancelled Unfortunately, event organizers for Bash on the Bay 2020 have made the difficult decision to cancel the event. This year’s Put-in-Bay Ohio’s country music festival was awaiting headlining acts to be released. Instead the island must cancel its biggest upcoming event. Given the unprecedented turn of events, the island felt it was necessary to cancel due to covid-19. Put-in-Bay lodging, hotels & resorts were preparing to be at full capacity for this... more information
A Special Day at Put-in-Bay with the Ohio State University Marching Band!

A Special Day at Put-in-Bay with the Ohio State University Marching Band! 20 May, 20

Ohio State Marching Band's Big Day at Put-in-Bay! ‘The Best Damn Band In The Land’ Spends a Day at the Bay! 9/1/2013 Today we’re going to take a look back at one of the most exciting days at Put-in-Bay in recent memory. The Ohio State Marching Band, or as it’s known around these parts, ‘The Best Damn Band In The Land’, joined us up on the island to help us with our bicentennial celebrations. Now, if you’re from Ohio, no... more information
May Madness Specials
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May Madness Specials 12 May, 20

May Madness Lodging Specials!! We are back underway at Put-in-Bay! And while it may not be exactly the Put-in-Bay you’re used to, there’s still plenty of fun to be had during a quick getaway to the Bay during May Madness. In honor of that, we’re listing a couple of the best specials on the island, so that you can find your place to stay and enjoy a close to home vacation that you deserve! Click here to book online! Great... more information
Put-in-Bay Ohio News: We Are Open!

Put-in-Bay Ohio News: We Are Open! 08 May, 20

Put-in-Bay Ohio News: We Are Open! Today is the day that we can finally deliver the big news that you’ve all been waiting for. Put-in-Bay Ohio is finally ready to receive visitors in 2020! That’s right, as of May 11th, the Miller Ferry will no longer be limited to essential travel and will be taking all travelers to this Lake Erie island. For up-to-date info on all things Put-in-Bay, please call the Put-in-Bay reservation center at 216-898-9951 (open midweek 9-6,... more information
Put-in-Bay’s Path Forward: We are opening!

Put-in-Bay’s Path Forward: We are opening! 07 May, 20

Big News Came on May 8th, WE ARE OPENING! We are getting ready to welcome you back to the Bay! Yes, we are opening! There is a group of dedicated community leaders who met on the island Friday, May 8th to interpret the Governor’s most recent decrees, how they affect Put-in-Bay specifically, and what our path forward is. What we can tell you now is that we assure you that Put-in-Bay businesses WILL be open, following best practices designed to... more information
Miller Ferry Schedule Expanding May 11th

Miller Ferry Schedule Expanding May 11th 06 May, 20

As Put-in-Bay prepares for an eventual reopening to the public on May 11th, the Miller Ferry has announced upcoming changes to their service schedule. As well as opening to visitors for the first time in 2020, the island is seeing an increase in arrivals of both island workers and property owners. The new level of demand is beginning to necessitate getting to and from the island later on in the day. As such, the Miller Ferry is beginning to ramp... more information
Ten Things You May Not Know About the Lake Erie Islands

Ten Things You May Not Know About the Lake Erie Islands 04 May, 20

Brought to you by The Put-in-Bay Gazette PUT-IN-BAY, OHIO – May’s edition is now available, both in print and electronically. Learn about Put-in-Bay and the Lake Erie Islands and keep informed. Check out the Put-in-Bay Gazette May issue at www.putinbay.news to stay up to date on the latest happenings on South Bass Island. Now only $15 for a year subscription! 1. South Bass Island was once known as Ross Island. 2. Indian burial sites have been found on the islands.... 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.