Oak Point State Park is the smallest park in Ohio’s state park system. Clocking in at 1.5 acres, this little oasis is a lovely spot to visit while on Put-in-Bay. Despite its size, it offers a range of facilities for boaters and picnickers alike. Come down and enjoy the panoramic views of Put-in-Bay and beautiful Lake Erie. This is also a spectacular place to watch the sunrise, if you can get up that early!
Oak Point State Park Details
Oak Point State Park is located about a half a mile from downtown Put-in-Bay on Bayview Avenue. It is one the northwest side of the island The short walk is really pleasant taking you right along the shoreline. Its nearest neighbors include Kayak the Bay, the Aquatic Visitors Center, and the Put-in-Bay Yacht Club.
There is a loop through the park for boaters to use. An island favorite, the Skip Duggan’s Antique Car Club drives this route on Sundays during the summer season. Boaters can catch a glimpse of this spectacle from the docks while spectators line up on the streets of downtown to cheer on the parade. They even throw candy to waiting kids.
Oak Point State Park Activities
Twenty docks are available for either daily or overnight rentals. Whenever you are boating on Lake Erie, it is imperative to follow the Ohio Boating Laws to make sure everyone in your boat and others are safe. The docks are accessed via a U-shaped driveway.
It is also advisable to make reservations in advance. This is an affordable option for those wishing to be close to downtown. These docks are known for a welcoming, low-key atmosphere.
A narrow sidewalk on the north side of park allows for some pretty nice fishing. Families love stopping here to cast their lines as it is easily accessible and pretty quiet. Enjoy the views while trying your luck with the fish of Lake Erie. Planning on picnicking? Oak State Park provides a small picnic area along with restrooms and water close by. There are plenty of options on the island for the best in picnic food. The Island General Store is very close to the park. The island’s only full-service grocery store, select from cheeses, cured meats, and a variety of beverages. Or stop by Village Bakery to stock up on pastries and hearty sandwiches.
South Bass Island State Park
The parent park to Oak Park is South Bass Island State Park. Located about a mile away, this park is certainly bigger, but that’s not very hard. The state park includes a beach, docks, playgrounds, and picnic areas.
For those looking for overnight accommodations, it also includes various campsites. Four cabins located within the park are cozy and located on a hill. Gaze out onto the island and lake every morning while you sip your coffee. Good stargazing too! They sleep up to six and include a kitchen.
Put-in-Bay offers visitors so many wonderful things to enjoy. There is so much green space on this small but mighty island. Take advantage of parks, from large to tiny, while vacationing on South Bass Island.