Passenger & Vehicle Service to Put-in-Bay & Middle Bass Island, Ohio

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

What’s New, Events & Story Ideas 2019

What’s New

  • NEW Miller Boat Line Ferry arriving in 2019: Miller Boat Line will adds a fifth new passenger/vehicle ferry to their fleet that will supplement their operations to the Lake Erie Islands of Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass. The ferry will be approximately 140′ in length & able to carry up to 600 passengers & 26 standard vehicles. The vessel is being designed by Elliot Bay Ship yard of Seattle, Washington and in summer 2018 Miller Boat Line will announce the ferry construction details. The new vessel will be put into service fall 2019. For new vessel details contact Jake Market, jake@millerferry.com.

New Miller Ferry 2019 design draft

  • NEW Live Put-in-Bay Harbor Camera: Mounted from Miller Marina, the newly launched live cam gives an overview of the Put-in-Bay harbor toward Perry’s Monument. Take in the view of the sunrise, moon rise and bay boat traffic.

Live PutinBay Harbor Webcam

  • NEW Lake Erie Islands Naturalist: There is a growing number of visitors enjoying the more natural side of Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass Island. With several State Parks and Nature Preserves to explore, the new Park Naturalist, Renee Market, will help visitors learn about wildlife and history on the islands. From Historic Lonz Winery tours, to night hikes and wildlife programs, our Islands Naturalist will create a whole new island experience.

Lonz Middle Bass Island

    • NEW in 2019 Put-in-Bay will commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Hotel Victory Burning: The Victory was a sensation for the time, boasting 600 guest rooms and a dining hall to feed 1200 people. The hotel had extensive grounds and gardens with an electric trolley that ran directly to downtown Put-in-Bay. It had the nations first co-ed swimming pool and was a modern marvel with running water in the guest rooms. Hotel Victory stood on the south shore of Put-in-Bay for a glorious 27 years before the fateful night when burning to the ground. For a century people have been fascinated by the hotel and its mysterious end. Put-in-Bay’s Island Green Week theme will be Rekindling Victory, in honor of Hotel Victory. For more details contact island historian, Renee Market at 419-708-5798.

Hotel Victory

      • NEW in 2019 Skydiving comes to Put-in-Bay: There will be skydiving available at the Put-in-Bay Airport. Their experienced team includes chief tandem instructor, JR Piosek with 20 years experience and over 19,000 jumps. Their pilot, Dustin Shaffer, has 20 years experience flying and has been flying the Lake Erie Islands for 8 years as Island Air Taxi, an island based air service providing winter flights to the island, air charters to larger cities and scenic tours in the summer. Contact Skydive Put-in-Bay at 419-573-2960 for an island experience of a lifetime.

Skydiving at the Put-in-Bay Airport Ohio

      • New in 2019 The Cheers Trail: A trail of wineries and breweries located within Lake Erie Shores & Islands. Pick up a trail map at any of the participating locations, present it when you visit, make a qualifying purchase and receive a sticker. Don’t forget to visit The Put-in-Bay Brewery & Distillery, Heineman’s Winery & Crystal Cave & the Put-in-Bay Winery, which are all located on Put-in-Bay. After visiting 5 locations, you will receive a gift. After visiting all 18 locations, you will be entered into a drawing for a Lake Erie Shore & Islands getaway. Cheers!

Lake Erie Shores & Islands Cheers Trail

Put-in-Bay & Middle Bass Island Events

      • Put-in-Bay & Middle Bass Island Music Fests: Back by popular demand these two free festivals will include and eclectic mix of performers plus food, refreshments & kid’s music classes. Put-in-Bay Music Festival at Perry’s Memorial on Sat., June 8 and Middle Bass Island Music Festival Sat., July 13 at the historic Lonz Winery.
      • Vintage Sports Car Racing: Put-in-Bay hosted sports car races that were conducted by the Cleveland Sport Car Club and the Northeast Ohio Region of the Sports Car Club of America from 1952 to 1959. Every year car enthusiasts gather at Put-in-Bay to race their favorite vintage sports cars in remembrance of these historic island street races. This unique event attracts racers and people from all around the world. Public viewing at the Put-in-Bay Road Race Reunion is free.
      • Nature & Wildlife Celebration: Island Green Week will be August 3-14 on the Lake Erie Islands of Put-in-Bay, Middle Bass and Kelley’s. A celebration of Ecotourism, Adventure Travel, Agritourism, and History. Events include Poker Kayak Day, Lonz Winery Tours, an Eco-Tour, Miller Ferry Stargazing Cruise, Lantern Tour of the historic Hotel Victory Grounds at South Bass Island State Park & more culminating with Rekindling Victory: A Historic Celebration.

Put-in-Bay & Middle Bass Island Events

Story Ideas

Heineman’s Winery and Crystal Cave: Opened in 1888, the oldest family owned winery in Ohio celebrated its 130th Anniversary in 2018. Today, the third, fourth & fifth generations of the Heineman family share the wine making tradition. Heineman’s Winery

Lonz Winery, Middle Bass Island: Reopened for tours in 2017, this historic structure underwent an $88 million capital improvement as part of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Middle Bass Island State Park development. Note: Wines not sold or made here, but the grounds are open to the public for group outings. NEW on Middle Bass Island, the ODNR introduces Renee Market, Naturalist, leading family events.

Birding: The Lake Erie Islands are centered along a major North American migratory path, making for excellent spring and fall birding. Many bird species have been identified on South Bass Island. For information on events, bird banding and tours contact Lake Erie Islands Conservancy.

Freshwater Studies: In the harbor of Put-in-Bay stands sentry the six acre Gibraltar Island, home of Stone Lab. Operated by The 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 Programs: The Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center works with The Ohio State’s Stone Lab and the Lake Erie Islands 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.

Explore Green Spaces & Walking Trails: The Put-in-Bay Township Park District and Lake Erie Islands Conservancy offer a number of locations to get out and stretch your legs, look for birds, enjoy the wildflowers or just take a walk in the woods. On your island visit, check out the Scheeff East Point Preserve shoreline, the Dutchman’s breeches in spring at the Jane Coates Wildflower Trail and Ladd Carr Wildlife Woods, The Storybook Trail and sit and enjoy the cliffside sunset view at the Massie Cliffside Preserve.

Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial: At 352 feet high, Perry’s Memorial is the fourth tallest man made National Park Monument. The Memorial is dedicated to the pivotal September 10, 1813 Battle of Lake Erie fought between the United States and Great Britain, America wrested control of the American Midwest from Britain. Perry’s Memorial also stands sentry over the United States and Canada, the longest undefended border between any nations in the world.

The Benson Ford Ship Home: Featured on Home & Garden TV’s Extreme Homes, Travel Channel, The British Daily Mirror, MTV Extreme Cribs, the Ship Home stands out as one of the most unusual dwellings in the Midwest. Fashioned from the bow of a former Great Lakes freighter, the home-to-be was barged to the island. Perched on the western shoreline of Put-in-Bay, South Bass Island, the ship home is easily viewed from aboard the Miller Ferry to Middle Bass Island or from a private vessel. For more info visit shiponthebay.com.

Ohio Craft Beer: Put-in-Bay, Ohio has enthusiastically embraced craft beer. This trend has flowed from a nationwide movement as craft beer sales grow at a record rate. The island’s only microbrewery, The Put-in-Bay Brewing Company, offers a selection of handcrafted, island-brewed beers. Their neighbor, The Reel Bar, will also be serving a wide range of Ohio local craft beers on tap this season. Also serving up many options of craft beer is Frosty’s, with 30 different kinds of craft in the can/bottle and 20 draft handles.

Other Ideas: Explore ruins of the historic Hotel Victory in the South Bass Island State Park, Put-in-Bay School (currently with 70 students), 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 and sailing classes, Bay Paddleboarding and more. There are over 1,700 shipwrecks in Lake Erie with over 60 being around Ohio’s Lake Erie Islands.

Personalized Media Visits: We’ll help arrange your island visit to Put-in-Bay, Middle Bass Island or Gibraltar Island. Contact Katrina Reed (Communications and Public Relations), or Caitlin Market. We can arrange transport, contacts and suggest venues. Ideas include History, Breweries and Wine, Recreation and Outdoors, Caves, Family Fun, Perry’s Monument, Entertainers, Church Tours, Food, Nature and Eco Tours, Arts and Music, Kayaking, Put-in-Bay School, Winter Island Life and more.

For all press inquiries or personalized media visits, please contact
Katrina Reed Miller Boat LineKatrina M. Reed
Miller Boat Line
P.O. Box 239
Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456
Email: katrina@millerferry.com
Telephone: 440-823-1230

Julene Market
Miller Boat Line
Email: lakeeffects@gmail.com
If you would like to be added to our media list, please email your contact information to lakeeffects@gmail.com

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’s the only scheduled ferry service to Middle Bass Island. We also provide freight charters to North Bass Island and Rattlesnake 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 Mary Ann 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 100 people during peak season. Several employees have been working for the company for more than thirty years.
      • 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.
      • 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).
      • 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 (2018-2019) with 16 teachers. Five students from Middle Bass Island commute via motorboat or plane daily to Put-in-Bay for classes. The Senior class consists of 4 students that will graduate in 2019.

For all press inquiries or personalized media visits, please contact
Katrina M. Reed
Miller Boat Line
P.O. Box 239
Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456
Email: katrina@millerferry.com
Telephone: 440-823-1230
Julene Market
Miller Boat Line
Email: lakeeffects@gmail.com
If you would like to be added to our media list, please email your contact information to lakeeffects@gmail.com

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