Destination Guide

Put-in-Bay (South Bass Island) and Middle Bass Island, Ohio
The Lake Erie Shores and Island Region

Miller Ferry Lime Kiln Dock Put-in-BayFamily Fun on Miller FerriesMiller Ferry to Put-in-Bay

Put-in-Bay (South Bass Island), Ohio

The Miller Ferry trip to Put-in-Bay is a leisurely 20 minute trip and you will land at the Lime Kiln Dock at the southern end of Put-in-Bay, two miles from town. If you choose to visit the island for just the day, you may wish to leave your vehicle parked in a free lot on the mainland and come aboard as a foot passenger. Near the dock on Put-in-Bay you will find several means of transportation for rent including golf carts, bicycles, cabs and buses. There is a two mile bike path between the dock and the town. Put-in-Bay is 3.5 miles long and has flat, scenic roads. Miller Ferry also transports cars, motorcycles, motor homes, boats and trailers to Put-in-Bay and to Middle Bass Island.


Middle Bass FerryBenson Ford Put-in-BaySouth Bass Island Lighthouse

Middle Bass Island, Ohio

The Miller Ferry trip to Middle Bass Island takes 40 minutes and along the way you can view several Lake Erie islands including Kelleys Island; Mouse; Green; Starve; Rattlesnake; Ballast; Middle Island; Canada; Pelee Island; Canada. You will closely follow the west shore of Put-in-Bay (South Bass) for a close up view of the "Benson Ford" - a privately owned home that was the bow of a Great Lakes freighter and was featured on the Travel Channel. Some Middle Bass lodgings will provide transportation, contact them in advance. Miller Ferry also transports cars to Middle Bass. Middle Bass is two miles long with flat roads and minimal traffic. For more Middle Bass information visit

Miller Ferries from CatawbaAll aboard Miller FerryMiller Ferry Island Sunset

Leave Your Worries Behind in the Wake of the Ferry....

"Once I board the boat, I feel my tensions roll off my shoulders..." This is what visitors tell us time and again. The lake breeze, surrounding islands, the traditional ferry trip - there is something about an escape to an island that makes us feel a bit more removed from every day stress. So here's an important tip: Once you board a Miller Ferry to Put-in-Bay or Middle Bass, take a deep breath....relax.... You're on "Island Time".


Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass Island are open year round and are accessible by ferry, private boats, public and private plane. On Put-in-Bay most attractions and lodgings open for the season in the spring and remain open through October. If you plan to visit Put-in-Bay or Middle Bass during the spring or fall, we recommend that you contact attractions and accommodations for hours, locations, admission fees, policies etc. More information about Put-in-Bay can be found on the Put-in-Bay Chamber web site and visit for Put-in-Bay News & Information. Details about Middle Bass can be found at For more area travel choices, visit Lake Erie Shores and Islands at


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Information Sources

Put-in-Bay Chamber
Lake Erie Shores and Islands
Put-in-Bay Daily
Discover Ohio
Toledo Visitors Bureau
Port Clinton Chamber of Commerce
Marblehead Peninsula Chamber of Commerce
Cleveland Visitors Bureau
Lorain Visitors Bureau
Sandusky County Visitors Bureau
Ohio Travel Association

Put-in-Bay Schedule & Fares

One Way Fares:

Child (6-11yrs.)
Child (under 6yrs.)

$ 7.00
$ 1.50
$ 2.00
$ 15.00

*Does not include passengers

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Middle Bass Schedule & Fares

One Way Fares:

Child (6-11yrs.)
Child (under 6yrs.)

$ 9.50
$ 3.00
$ 3.00
$ 21.50

*Does not include passengers

Middle Bass Vehicles require reservations View Departure Schedule

Island Events

Astronomy Program

Friday, March 6

Arts Council Play

March 25 - 27

Blessing of the Fleet

Tuesday, May 12 Put-in-Bay Middle Bass Island
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