Passenger & Vehicle Service to Put-in-Bay & Middle Bass Island, Ohio
Revised Put-in-Bay & Middle Bass schedules are in effect & will update as Ohio's State Guidelines & Travel Restrictions change.
Important Travel & Ferry Updates Regarding COVID-19 Read More.

Response to COVID-19

Announcements from Miller Boat Line

Public Safety Poster

Miller Boat Line Safety Poster

May 8, 2020 Travel Update

Miller Boat Line continues to closely monitor travel guidelines set forth by the State of Ohio and CDC.
Beginning Monday, May 11 passenger and travel restrictions aboard Miller Ferries will be lifted. At this time we are still running a reduced schedules for Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass, please visit MillerFerry.com for current schedules.

*Please check with individual island businesses for opening dates and hours of operations.

Miller Boat Line continues to do everything we can to ensure the health and safety of our customers and employees. This includes but is not limited to:

  • High contact areas (hand rails, door knobs, etc) on vessels, tickets booths and waiting areas will be sanitized after each trip.
  • Employees who are in direct contact with customers are required to wear face masks, and those collecting tickets will also wear gloves.
  • Employees will undergo daily self-health assessments
  • An employee will apply sanitizer on walk on passengers’ hands (except small children) after ticket collection and before boarding the vessel.
  • Restrooms aboard the ferry remain closed, however dock restrooms are open.
  • Miller Boat Line reserves the right to limit the amount of passengers aboard the ferry to help ensure social distancing guidelines.

We emphasize that our customers do their part in precautions
for proper hygiene etiquette. Help us help you:

  • Continue to follow all recommendations set forth by the CDC and State of Ohio.
  • Maintain 6 feet social distancing on docks and aboard ferry (except those in your immediate group).
  • Utilize hand sanitizer provided by Miller Boat Line at various locations on the docks.
  • Masks are recommended but not required.
  • Remain in your vehicle for the duration of the trip.
  • No more than 10 people in the passenger cabin are permitted at a time.

Peace and Health to Everyone.

 

Sincerely,
Miller Boat Line
Put-in-Bay
800-500-2421
419-285-2421 local
mblinfo@millerferry.com

April 29, 2020 Updates on Travel Policies

This is the list of policies Miller Boat Line continues to implement along with schedule changes. We take our responsibility for the transportation of needed goods and services seriously and will continue to do so. Miller Boat Line will do everything in its power to fulfill its obligation as “Lifeline to the Islands.” We hope to be able to welcome everyone back to the islands soon. Updates will be posted to MillerFerry.com and Facebook.

Peace and Health to everyone.

Essential Travel (Find a copy of Ohio’s Stay at Home Order at coronavirus.ohio.gov)

  • Miller Boat Line will only transport essential travel to Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass Island as long as Ohio’s Stay at Home Order is in effect. This includes residents, property owners, workers, and essential services. Tourism visits to the islands are not permitted at this time, including recreational fishermen with boats and trailers.
  • Restaurants, bars, shops, public restrooms and attractions are temporarily closed. Some restaurants are open for carry-out only. Some retail shops may open beginning May 12.
  • Essential businesses that remain open to island residents at this time: Island General Store, Post Office, Gas Station, Island Hardware, and a few restaurants (carry-out only).

Health and Safety

  • We ask everyone to follow all recommendations set forth by the CDC (cdc.gov) on the ferries as well as on the islands.
  • High contact areas (i.e. handrails, door knobs, etc) on the vessels, ticket booths, and waiting areas will be sanitized after every trip.
  • Passengers shall remain in their vehicles for the duration of the trip.
  • No more than ten people at a time allowed in the passenger cabin aboard the vessel.
  • Walk on passengers practice social distancing (6 feet minimum) aboard vessels and docks.
  • Upon return to the islands from winter travel/vacation PLEASE self-quarantine for a minimum of 14 days as recommended by the CDC.
  • Our main office is closed to the public. Phones will be answered Monday-Friday 8am to 4pm.

Ferry Schedules:  Schedules subject to change at any time. Updates can be found on MillerFerry.com

Put-in-Bay Schedule (Through May 10)
Sunday-Friday
NO Saturday Trips
Leave Put-in-Bay       Leave Catawba
8:00 am                           8:30 am
9:00 am                           9:30 am
10:00 am                         10:30 am
11:00 am                         11:30 am
1:30 pm                           2:00 pm
2:30 pm                           3:00 pm
3:30 pm                           4:00 pm
4:30 pm                           5:00 pm

Middle Bass Island Schedule (Through May 13)
Call Main Office (419-285-2421) for vehicle reservations
Leave Middle Bass                  Leave Catawba
8:15 am             Mon & Tues              9:15 am
10:45 am                                              11:45 am
3:15 pm                                                 4:15 pm

8:15 am                Friday                    9:15 am
3:15 pm                                               4:15 pm
5:15 pm                                               6:15 pm

9:15 am               Sunday                 10:15 am
1:15 pm                                              2:15 pm
3:15 pm                                              4:15 pm

Please note that these schedules are subject to change at any time. Updates can be found on MillerFerry.com.

Season Pass Update for Current Pass Holders

We understand your travel this season may be impacted by COVID-19. Miller Boat Line is offering  refunds on 2020 season passes if the pass holder feels the pass will not be used to its full extent.

  • Refund Requests must be made by Friday, May 15th at 4pm.
  • To request a season pass refund, call our main office: 419-285-2421.
  • Season passes will be refunded for the value that was paid at the time of purchase, minus a $20 handling fee.

Sincerely,
Miller Boat Line
Put-in-Bay
800-500-2421
419-285-2421 local
mblinfo@millerferry.com

Thursday, March 26, 2020 Updates

Miller Boat Line would like to provide a list of policies that have been implemented along with changes to schedules. We take our responsibility for the transportation of needed goods and services very seriously and will continue to do so. Miller Boat Line will do everything in its power to fulfill its obligation as “Lifeline to the islands.” We hope to be able to welcome everyone back to the islands soon. Any updates will be posted to MillerFerry.com and Facebook. Peace and Health to everyone.

Essential Travel (Find a complete copy of the Order at www.coronavirus.ohio.gov)
• At this time we are permitting residents, workers, and essential services aboard the ferry.
• Miller Boat Line will NOT be hauling non-essential travel to Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass Island. This includes, but is not limited to, recreational fishermen with boats and trailers.
• All restaurants, bars, shops, public restrooms, and attractions are temporarily closed.
• Essential businesses that remain open to island residents at this time: Island General Store, Post Office, Gas Station, Island Hardware, and Topsy Turvey (carry-out only).

Health and Safety
• We ask everyone to follow all recommendations set forth by the CDC (www.cdc.gov) on the ferries as well as on the islands.
• Sanitizing high contact areas (i.e. handrails, door knobs, etc) of the vessel, ticket booths, and waiting areas. These areas will be sanitized after every trip.
• Passengers shall remain in their vehicles for the duration of the trip.
• No more than ten people are allowed in the passenger cabin aboard the vessel at a time.
• Walk on passengers practice social distancing (6 feet minimum) aboard vessels and docks.
• Upon return to the islands from winter travels/vacations PLEASE self-quarantine for a minimum of 14 days as recommended by the CDC.
• Our main office is closed to the public. Phones will be answered Monday-Friday 8am to 3pm.

Ferry Schedules Until Further Notice
Put-in-Bay Schedule
Monday through Friday Only
No Saturday/Sunday trips

Leave Put-in-Bay             Leave Catawba
8:30 am                             9:00 am
9:30 am                            10:00 am
10:30 am                          11:00 am
2:00 pm                            2:30 pm
3:00 pm                            3:30 pm
4:00 pm                            4:30 pm

Middle Bass Island Schedule
Monday, Tuesday, & Friday Only

Leave Middle Bass                  Leave Catawba
8:15 am      Mon, Tues, Fri     9:15 am
1:15 pm      Mon, Tues, Fri     2:15 pm
3:15 pm   Monday & Friday   4:15 pm

Please note that these schedules are subject to change at any time. Updates can be found on MillerFerry.com.

Sincerely,
Miller Boat Line
Put-in-Bay
800-500-2421
419-285-2421 local
mblinfo@millerferry.com

Monday, March 23, 2020

To Our Customers, Visitors, Employees, and Community:

Effective: Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

Miller Boat Line will be operating on a reduced schedule to both Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass Islands. This is an action that has not been taken lightly and has been given considerable thought.

We take our responsibility for the transportation of needed goods and services very seriously and will continue to do so. Vital, necessary, and required supplies for the residents of these islands will be our top priority during these trying times and for the immediate future. Miller Boat Line will do everything in its power to fulfill its obligation as the “Lifeline to the islands”.

Schedules are subject to change and updates will post at MillerFerry.com.

Put-in-Bay Schedule
Monday through Friday Only
No Saturday/Sunday trips

Leave Put-in-Bay             Leave Catawba
8:30 am                             9:00 am
9:30 am                            10:00 am
10:30 am                          11:00 am
2:00 pm                            2:30 pm
3:00 pm                            3:30 pm
4:00 pm                            4:30 pm

Middle Bass Island Schedule
Monday, Tuesday, & Friday Only

Leave Middle Bass                  Leave Catawba
8:15 am      Mon, Tues, Fri     9:15 am
1:15 pm      Mon, Tues, Fri     2:15 pm
3:15 pm   Monday & Friday   4:15 pm

Peace and health to everyone.

Sincerely,
Miller Boat Line
Put-in-Bay
800-500-2421
419-285-2421 local
mblinfo@millerferry.com

Notice
March 23, 2020

At this time, Miller Boat Line will NOT be hauling non-essential travel to Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass Island. This includes but is not limited to recreational fishermen with boats and trailers. We hope we can accommodate your trip to the islands after the travel restrictions are lifted in the state of Ohio.

Effective as of midnight March 23, 2020, and pursuant to the March 22, 2020 Order of the Department of Health, Miller Boat Line, Inc. (MBL) will limit its transportation services to ESSENTIAL TRAVEL ONLY.

Ohio Department of Health’s Stay at Home Order

  1. Essential Travel. For the purposes of this Order, Essential Travel includes travel for any of the following purposes. Individuals engaged in any Essential Travel must comply with all Social Distancing Requirements a defined in this Section.a. Any travel related to the provision of or access to Essential Activities, Essential Governmental Functions, Essential Businesses and Operations, or Minimum Basic Operations.b. Travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons.c. Travel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related services.d. Travel to return to a place of residence from outside the jurisdiction.e. Travel required by law enforcement or court order, including to transport children pursuant to a custody agreement.f. Travel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside the State. Individuals are strongly encouraged to verify that their transportation out of the State remains available and functional prior to commencing such travel.

For more information, or for the definition of the terms set forth above, see a copy of the Order at www.coronavirus.ohio.gov

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Temporary Notice to all Customers:

Due to the Covid-19 situation, we STRONGLY DISCOURAGE traveling to the islands unless you are a resident, employee, or doing business.

All restaurants, bars, shops, public restrooms, and attractions are temporarily closed. We hope to welcome you to our beautiful islands in the near future.

Essential businesses that remain open to island residents at this time:
Island General Store, Post Office, Gas Station, Island Hardware, and Topsy Turvey (carry-out only).

Peace and health to everyone.

Sincerely,
Miller Boat Line
Put-in-Bay
800-500-2421
419-285-2421 local
mblinfo@millerferry.com

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

To Our Customers, Visitors, Employees, and Community:

These are unusual times that require strong actions. Our priorities focus on the health of our families, employees, residents, customers, and health of our small island communities. The islands are not a place to escape to, nor a safe haven from events the world is experiencing. We are a community of senior citizens, families, and children who live here. Those returning from vacations and winter residences please refer to government recommendations about self-quarantine to help reduce the risk of exposure on the islands. Miller Boat Line will follow federal and state guidelines and mandates to help ensure everyone’s safety and well-being in this evolving situation. We ask everyone to take these events seriously and take ALL precautions recommended.

Many people will be returning to the islands after spending time at their winter homes and travels. Like everyone, we hope for a return to normalcy as soon as possible.

We recommend the following Guidelines:

  • If you board the ferry in a vehicle, please remain in the vehicle aboard the ferry.
  • Follow health precautions and limit interactions with others.
  • Practice safe handling of your tickets when passing to crew members.

We will update everyone as needed throughout this ongoing health situation. Updates will post on MillerFerry.com.

Peace and health to everyone during these challenging times.

Sincerely,
Miller Boat Line
Put-in-Bay
800-500-2421
419-285-2421 local
mblinfo@millerferry.com

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

To Our Customers, Visitors, Employees, and Community:

In light of changes circling around us, an update from Miller Boat Line and Miller Put-in-Bay Office.

Miller Ferries are currently running, however please check our website MillerFerry.com for Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass Island ferry trip changes. Ferry Schedules are subject to further changes.

The Miller Ferry Office, 535 Bayview, Put-in-Bay, is currently open 8 am- 3 pm Monday through Saturday. However we ask that instead of a personal office visit, customers do their part in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and use online resources or call us 800-500-2421 or 419-285-2421. The health and well being of our Customers, Employees and their Families is our top priority, please share this information with your Community friends.

Miller Boat Line
Put-in-Bay
800-500-2421
419-285-2421 local
mblinfo@millerferry.com

Friday, March 13, 2020

To Our Customers, Visitors, Employees, and Community:

Miller Boat Line is open and currently running our normal schedule, which can be found at MillerFerry.com.

Keeping our customers and employees safe and healthy is a top priority during this time. In accordance with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) we have implemented additional preventative measures to maintain a clean, healthy environment.

These efforts include:

  • Ensuring employees who are ill or displaying signs of illness (fever, cough) do not come to work.
  • Sanitizing high contact areas (i.e. handrails, door knobs, etc) of the vessel, ticket booths, and waiting areas. These areas will be sanitized after every trip.
  • Mandating that all employees frequently wash their hands according to recommended procedures.

We are doing everything in our power to provide a safe transportation experience for our customers and a healthy environment for our employees and community. If you have any questions you can call our office at 800-500-2421.

William C. Market, President
Miller Boat Line