Put-in-Bay (South Bass Island) and Middle Bass Island, Ohio
- St. Paul's Episcopal Church: This historic congregation will celebrate their 150th anniversary of establishment of the Episcopal Church at Put-in-Bay and inclusion in the Diocese beginning in fall, 2014. The celebration will continue until October, 2015 when they celebrate the completion of the church which has been in continuous use for the past 150 years. St. Paul's offers a History Tour and Labyrinth Workshop to groups and individuals by appointment throughtout the week. History tours are also offered every Tueday at 9:00 am. The Labyrinth is available for walking from dawn to dusk daily. On October 17 - 19, 2014 they will also host a spiritual retreat titled, "Meet the Sacred: Thin Places Retreat." For details visit stpaulpib.com.
- Birding: The Lake Erie Islands are centered along a major North American migratory path, making for excellent spring and fall birding. More than 492 bird species have been identified on South Bass Island, including a pair of bald eagles nesting on Middle Bass Island. For information on events and tours contact Lake Erie Islands Black Swamp Conservancy, Put-in-Bay.
- Freshwater Studies: In the harbor of Put-in-Bay stands sentry the six acre Gibraltar Island, home of Stone Lab. Operated by Ohio State University, this lab is the nation's oldest freshwater biological field station and each year welcomes hundreds of students and educators for credited biology courses. During summer, the public is invited to tour.
- Nature & Wildlife Program: The Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center works with Ohio State's Stone Lab and the Lake Erie Islands Chapter of the Black Swamp Conservancy to bring Wild Tuesdays to Put-in-Bay. This is a family-friendly event with hands-on experience with nature and wildlife. It takes place at the Nature & Wildlife Center on Meechen Road on Tuesdays during the summer months. For details visit lakeerieislandswildlife.com.
- The War of 1812 & Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial: "We have met the enemy and they are ours..." So wrote Commander Oliver H. Perry after his decisive naval victory over Great Britain during the War of 1812. The battle was fought near West Sister Island, about twelve miles northwest of Put-in-Bay, and helped secure the Northwest Territory for the United States. The year 2013 marked the Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial, we commemorated the Bicentennial of the battle with dozens of public events, including: tall ships, military and battle ship reenactments, Perry's Memorial events, live entertainment, and more. Miller Boat Line was the proud sponsor of the Niagara Tall Ship on it's visit to Put-in-Bay during the Bicentennial Celebration.
- What's in a Name: The name "Put-in-Bay" is probably derived from our secure harbor, a place where a ship can "put into the bay" for refuge from temperamental Lake Erie storms. Also, a 1700's map created by the British, names the harbor "Pudding Bay" perhaps because it is shaped like a pudding bag, commonly used in the ship's galley (kitchen).
- Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial: The world's most massive Doric column and the country's fourth tallest National Monument, stands 352 feet high. Operated by the National Park Service, you can take an elevator to the top for a 360 degree view - on a clear day you can see about 55 miles with views of the islands, Cleveland, Detroit, Toledo and Ontario, Canada. The Monument celebrated100 years since its construction including a ceremony on July 4, 2013 where the Masons recreated the laying of the cornerstone.
- 2014 Corsair Nationals and Rendezvous at I-LYA Bay Week Regatta - Bay Week is one of the largest fresh-water events in the United States with boats hailing from all over the Great Lakes and Canada. In 2014 the Corsair National Championships and Rendezvous will be part of this Annual Event at Put-in-Bay.
- More Ideas: Explore ruins of the historic Hotel Victory in the South Bass Island State Park, Put-in-Bay School (currently with 88 students), Lake Erie Islands Historical Museum's new collection: 1864: Rebels on Lake Erie, Ohio's oldest family owned winery: Heineman's, Saint Paul's Episcopal Church history tours, Put-in-Bay Yacht Club home of the annual Inter-Lake Yachting Association sailing races, classes for kids including: art, bible camp, eco camps, Wild Tuesdays, swimming sailing and more. There are over 1,700 shipwrecks in Lake Erie with over 60 being around Ohio's Lake Erie Islands.
- Put-in-Bay Events
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Miller Boat Line and Islands - Quick Facts
- Of Ohio's 262 miles of Lake Erie Shoreline, 43.2 miles are island shoreline. (Source; "Resources of the Lake Eire island Region. Cooper / Herdendorf).
- Miller Boat Line is the only scheduled means of transporting freight, cars and commercial vehicles to the islands of Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass. It is the only scheduled service to Middle Bass Island.
- Since its beginning, Miller Boat Line has been family owned. Started in 1905 as a fishing charter, water taxi and ice harvesting business, the company has grown to become the largest ferry service on Lake Erie.
- William (Bill) and MaryAnn Market bought the boat line from Mary Miller in 1978. As a tribute to the founders and the company's long standing reputation in the ferry service, the name "Miller" remains today.
- Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass Island, Ohio are located halfway between Cleveland and Toledo in the western basin of Lake Erie.
- Miller Boat Line employs 95 people during peak season. Several employees have been working for the company for more than twenty years.
- In 2010 the Miller Boat Line began using a more environmentally friendly biofuel in its passenger vessel, the William Market. They are one of the only passenger ferry services in the nation using this type of alternative fuel.
- Put-in-Bay is three and a half miles long, about a mile and a half wide.
- Year round Put-in-Bay population is about 450 and Middle Bass is 45.
- Approximately 750,000 people visit the islands of Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass Island, Ohio each year.
- Put-in-Bay School on Catawba Avenue is home to 70 students (2014-2015) with fourteen full time and two part time teachers. Students from Middle Bass Island commute via motorboat or plane daily to Put-in-Bay for classes. The Senior class consists of two students that will be graduating in 2015.
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Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456
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