Middle Bass Island Information
How do I get to Middle Bass Island?
Miller Ferries run passenger/vehicle ferries between Catawba and the island of Middle Bass in spring, summer, and fall. Vehicle reservations for Middle Bass are required, and can be made up to two weeks in advance by calling the ferry office at 800-500-2421. Passengers heading to Middle Bass however, do not need to make reservations. Here's the link to Middle Bass Island Ferry schedule. The Miller Ferry trip to Middle Bass is a traditional ferry trip of 40 minutes, giving you ample time to enjoy the views of several Lake Erie islands and a close up view of the famed Ship House residence on the West Shore of Put-in-Bay.
Or, if you are on Put-in-Bay, you can also hop aboard the water taxi the Sonny S for trips between The Boardwalk Dock on Put-in-Bay to Middle Bass Island.
What is there to do on Middle Bass Island?
Middle Bass Island is a hidden gem in the western basin of Lake Erie. Just a two miles north of its more popular island neighbor, Put-in-Bay, Middle Bass offers a refreshing island escape with no hint of mainland frenzy.
Middle Bass Island Highlights include:
JF Walleyes Bar & Restaurant ~ Plus pool, live entertainment, golf cart rentals, Tiki Boutique 419-285-2739.
Middle Bass Island General Store ~ Groceries, carry out, gifts, and a new restaurant and pizzeria 419-285-2608.
Lodging ~ Including condos, camping, Bed & Breakfasts, cottages, historic inns.
Middle Bass Island State Park Campground ~ Primitive camping and kayaking on the shores of Lake Erie. Contact 1-866-OHIOPARKS to reserve sites.
Walking trails & green space ~ Peterson Woods, Kuehnle Wildlife Refuge, East Point Preserve, Costello Nature Preserve, wetlands, eagles' nest, kayaking, birding, fishing charters, and ideal bicycling.
Lonz Winery ~ Now owned by the Ohio Department Natural Resources. Walk the grounds of the famed former winery, view the frog pond and glacial grooves. In June, 2014, the ODNR announced plans to invest $6 million of upgrades into the structures and grounds.
"Away for a Few Days" Mom and daughters' summer getaway to Middle Bass Island. Via 6riddles blog.