The Miller Ferry is the most affordable way to travel to both South Bass and Middle Bass Island. Leaving from Catawba OH every half an hour from June 15 to August 19, the Miller Ferry is capable of transporting large groups and vehicles.
Reservations are not required. The last trip back to the mainland is 7pm and 9pm on the weekends. There are a reduced schedules beginning March 30 and after August 19 with service suspended between November 21.
Miller Ferry Fares (one way)
Child (6-11 yrs): $1.50
Child (under 6 yrs): Free
There are additional fees for trailers.
Miller Ferry Details
The Miller Ferry docks at the Miller Ferry Lime Kiln Dock, which greets thousands of visitors to Put-in-Bay every year. Located at the southern end of the island, the Lime Kiln Dock also includes Dockside Gifts.
Dockside Gifts sells a variety of goods, from souvenirs to a much-needed snack after your trip on the ferry. Cold beverages and coffee are also available on-site as well as home decor, trinkets, and apparel.
The Miller Ferry also provides various discounts and coupons to make your trip even more affordable. With group discounts, season passes, and Frequent Floater tickets save big on your next trip to the island.
Frequent Floaters are convenient travel sized packs which make it easy for families, friends, and businesses to “Share the Island Fun”. Twenty one-way tickets come in each discounted packet. Buy Frequent Floater packets at the Miller Ferry Catawba ticket booth, the Lime Kiln Dock ticket booth on Put-in-Bay, or at the Miller Ferry office, Bayview Ave., Put-in-Bay.
Purchase a Miller Ferry Gift card at the the ticket boat for friends planning to travel to Put-in-Bay. They are even reloadable.
The Miller Ferry also works directly with large groups to offer special package deals on their trips. For school groups, bridal parties, and business retreats, contact the Miller Ferry to hear about their specials.
Their packages include dockside luggage drop off, complimentary passes for motorcoach driver and tour guides, and coupons to many Put-in-Bay attractions.
Island Transportation Options
Once you arrive to South Bass Island, there are plenty of options to get you where you’re heading. If you come without a vehicle, call the Island Club Taxi Service, the preferred island transportation provider. Always on time, the drivers for this taxi service know where they’re going.
There are also several bike and golf cart rentals close to the dock. Island Bike Rental and E’s Golf Cart Rental are two great options. The island is also pretty small, so no matter where you’re staying, it is always close by!
Lodging on Put-in-Bay
The general rule for Put-in-Bay is make your reservations far in advance. This is a very popular summertime destinations and things often book up very quickly. There are great hotels, vacation homes, and condos located throughout the island. Some favorites include:
● Commodore Resort
● Island Club Condos
● Victory Station Hotel
● Bay Lodging Resort
● Peace and Quiet