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.

July 2021 Put-in-Bay Gazette – Middle Bass’s Olympian Aquilla Heading to Tokyo!

July 2021 Put-in-Bay Gazette – Middle Bass’s Olympian Aquilla Heading to Tokyo! 02 Jul, 21

The following post is the lead article from the July 2021 Put-in-Bay Gazette, published here with their permission. To support the Put-in-Bay Gazette and all of the great work that they do, visit putinbay.news! Middle Bass’s Olympian Aquilla Heading to Tokyo! Adelaide Aquilla placed third in the shot put at the USA Olympic Trials at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon on Thurs-day June 24th, 2021. The Ohio State University Junior is headed to the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.She will... more information
Put-in-Bay’s Benson Ford…House?

Put-in-Bay’s Benson Ford…House? 18 Jun, 21

Virtual Tour of Put-in-Bay Ohio’s Incredible Benson Ford Ship House Hundreds of thousands of Put-in-Bay visitors have gazed in wonder at the outside of the Benson Ford Ship House, but very few have seen inside. Now you can! Walk through the amazing interior of one of the most unique homes in America with our InsideMaps virtual tour below! The YouTube channel Doc Bites recently featured Put-in-Bay’s famous Benson Ford house in one of their videos, and it’s fantastic. Enjoy the... more information
June 2021 Gazette – Five New Webcams Coming to Put-in-Bay

June 2021 Gazette – Five New Webcams Coming to Put-in-Bay 07 Jun, 21

putinbay.com is proud to present the Put-in-Bay Gazette’s Island Diary. For the best South Bass Island journalism, visit putinbay.news and subscribe to the Gazette today!   Five New Web Cams Coming to Put-in-Bay The Putinbay.com team of Paul Jeris, Ed Fitzgerald, and Brad Ohlemacher is bringing together public and private enterprises to deliver high end web cams to the island. Barbara Rowles, Superintendent of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, the Booker family and the Boardwalk Family of Restaurants, Bryan... more information
The Legend of Pat Dailey

The Legend of Pat Dailey 25 May, 21

Pat Dailey is a legend on Put-in-Bay, Ohio – the famous Lake Erie Island which is also known to many as South Bass Island.  If this the first time you’ve ever heard of him, allow me to provide some back story. He’s a musician who dedicated his whole life to performing in cities all across the USA. Here’s the story of how he ended up in Put-in-Bay, Ohio: Life Before Put-in-Bay Pat is a very famous island musician who originally... more information
Where to Stay for Put-in-Bay Bachelorette Parties

Where to Stay for Put-in-Bay Bachelorette Parties 10 May, 21

Tis the time to get ready for bachelor and bachelorette parties at Put-In-Bay for 2021! We see this question quite a bit and it brings back fond memories of past party weekends. Some information to get you started can be found on the Put-in-Bay Bachelorette Party website where you will find info on lodging, bars, entertainment, what to bring, drinks, etiquette, etc. It’s a good starter resource. A second source for more specific lodging would be the Put-in-Bay reservations site at... more information
Put-In-Bay History, Mystery, and Scandal!

Put-In-Bay History, Mystery, and Scandal! 12 Apr, 21

The Hotel Victory at Put-in-Bay, once gained fame as the largest hotel in the world (or at least the largest in America at the time). Today it is nothing more than a few sad ruins tucked away behind an Ohio State Park campground on South Bass Island, plus memorabilia scattered throughout places like the Lake Erie Islands historical museum and the forgotten corners of various attics spread throughout the region. What happened? Ottawa and Huron tribes lived in the Lake... more information
Upcoming Put-in-Bay Events in May and June 2021

Upcoming Put-in-Bay Events in May and June 2021 08 Apr, 21

There is always something entertaining at Put-In-Bay during the summer. Here is a list of some fun family-friendly Put-in-Bay Events in May and June. Plan your island getaway today, bring the kids, and have a great relaxed week on the Bay! Island Wide Garage Sale When: May 15th @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Where: 148 Delaware Ave, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456 Info: Islanders and island business owners are cleaning out what they no longer need and offering to shoppers for... more information

3/12/21: THE FERRY IS RUNNING! 12 Mar, 21

PIB NEWS ALERT: THE FERRY IS RUNNING! It’s one of our favorite days of the year here at putinbay.com, as the Miller Ferry made its first trip to Put-in-Bay in 2021 this morning. A sign that Spring has officially sprung, it also means that the 2021 Put-in-Bay season is right around the corner! Pretty soon the sidewalks of downtown Put-in-Bay will be filled with family vacations, bachelorette parties, sightseers and daytrippers, and WE CAN’T WAIT! In honor of the occasion... more information
Put-in-Bay COVID-19 Update: Second Round Of Vaccinations Complete

Put-in-Bay COVID-19 Update: Second Round Of Vaccinations Complete 03 Feb, 21

Put-in-Bay COVID Response We spoke to Patrick and Tina Rodgers to get an update on the island’s vaccination efforts, which are going very well. Tina currently serves as the Event Coordinator for the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce, as well as a volunteer EMT. Patrick is the manager of the island’s Emergency Medical Services. Updates On Put-in-Bay Vaccination Efforts In our last COVID-19 update we mentioned that the first round of vaccinations for EMS, police and fire, and select other high-exposure... 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.