What is there to do at Middle Bass Island?

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Middle Bass Island is a hidden gem in the western basin of Lake Erie. About forty five year round residents call Middle Bass Island "home",  and many summer islanders name Middle Bass as their island choice for their summer retreat. "Middle Bass is what Put-in-Bay was like forty years ago" some residents and visitors will tell you. Gentle, unpaved roads lead to beaches, historic and resort lodgings, and past gingerbread - trimmed Victorian cottages. Middle Bass is a refreshing island with no hint of any mainland frenzy.

Bicycles and golf carts are the perfect travel mode - the island is only about a mile and half long with gently rolling roads and hardly any vehicle traffic. Middle Bass is the home of the historic Lonz Winery (now closed), Glacial Grooves dating back 300,000 years, a historic school house, and the Petersen Woods. The Petersen Woods provide 98 feet of shoreline for birders, wildlife enthusiasts, and visitors. You also can take time to explore the Middle Bass Kuehnle Wildlife Refuge and the Costello Tract Nature Preserve. You may see a snapping turtle-filled swamp, eagle nesting area, migratory birds, water snakes and wetlands. This is a birder's destination in spring and fall - Middle Bass is centered on one of North Americas's main bird migratory paths, as well as on a migratory path for the Monarch butterfly. Twice a year, especially visible in late August/September, the Monarch traces the route between Canada and Mexico. On Middle Bass you also can find an eclectic gift shop, the Middle Bass General Store, J.F. Walleyes Microbrewery & Eatery, live entertainment, fishing charters and bed and breakfasts.

Miller Ferries from Catawba operate passenger and auto ferry trips to Middle Bass spring, summer and fall. Passengers need not make reservations, however vehicle reservations are required. Call our office if you would like more details 800-500-2421. See our Coupons page for savings on Middle Bass Island.

The new Middle Bass Island State Park campground is now open. It has a beach with kayak access. Call 1-866-644-6727 for more information and camping reservations. Along with J.F. Walleye's Bar and Restaurant is their Tiki Boutique, which is a very unique shopping experience! Contact them at: 419-285-2739. Also visit the new Wooden Spoon Restaurant on Middle Bass Island.


"Away for a Few Days" Mom and daughters' summer getaway to Middle Bass Island. Via 6riddles blog. 

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Middle Bass Island Map (Printable PDF)

Middle Bass Island Map

Put-in-Bay Schedule & Fares

One Way Fares:

Adult
Child (6-11yrs.)
Child (under 6yrs.)
Bicycle
Car*

$ 7.00
$ 1.50
Free
$ 2.00
$ 15.00

*Does not include passengers

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Middle Bass Schedule & Fares

One Way Fares:

Adult
Child (6-11yrs.)
Child (under 6yrs.)
Bicycle
Car*

$ 9.50
$ 3.00
Free
$ 3.00
$ 21.50

*Does not include passengers

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