Welcome aboard! Miller Ferries carry passengers & vehicles to the Lake Erie Islands Put-in-Bay & also to Middle Bass Island, Ohio. Ferryboats depart from the tip of *Catawba & the Put-in-Bay (aka South Bass Island) cruise is under 20 minutes & the ferry ride to Middle Bass Island is a scenic 40 minutes. Put-in-Bay reservations not needed because Miller runs frequent trips, including every half hour during peak travel months June through early September between the Miller Ferry Dock on Catawba (mainland) & the Miller Ferry Lime Kiln Put-in-Bay Dock. June 15 through August 19, 2018, additional evening trips to & from Put-in-Bay are added; ferries leave Put-in-Bay as late as 9 PM & leave Catawba as late as 9:30 PM. Each of the Miller Ferries has a capacity of 500 to 600 passengers & we do not sell out of passenger tickets. Please see www.millerferry.com ferry schedules, RV & trailer fares & parking.
Put-in-Bay Each Way Fare: Adult (12 years & older) $7.50, Child 6-11 years $1.50, Child 5 years & younger ride free, Car $17, Motorcycle $16, Bicycle $2. Dogs are welcome aboard & ride free of charge (please keep on leash, in vehicle, or in a crate.) Put-in-Bay Vehicle & Passenger reservations are NOT required, passage is first- come, first-served.
Planning on visiting Put-in-Bay or Middle Bass for a day trip? Consider leaving your car parked in one of five free Miller Ferry parking areas or in one of the pay lots& come aboard as a walk-on passenger. Driver Tip: Drop off your passengers across the street from the dock, they can go to the Ticket Booth for tickets (or redeem online passenger tickets) while the driver parks the car. Most day trippers explore Put-in-Bay Island style; Golf carts, bicycles, cabs & buses to town are available for rent near the ferry dock. Reserve your golf cart up to 24 hours in advance at http://www.esputinbaygolfcarts.com, two, four, six & eight seater golf available.
If you are planning a group vacation, reunion, wedding, adult or student tour group, Miller Ferry offers weekday & weekend fare discounts. Phone our group coordinator at 800.500.2421 to help arrange island travel plans. Miller also sells convenient Frequent Floater booklets & season passes for Put-in-Bay & Middle Bass Island passengers. Wheelchair access is available on lower deck of ferry, but if you prefer to bring a wheelchair in your vehicle, please call our office 800.500.2421 to help plan your transport. Passengers with mobility issues or heavy luggage, please ask a crew member or information person for golf cart assistance on the ferry docks. Restrooms, ATMs, island & area maps & information, retail gifts, clothing & snacks, & restrooms are on each of the ferry docks. Stop by the Information Kiosk on the Miller Lime Kiln Dock for ideas on what to do & how to save with our online coupons at www.millerferry.com. In the spring & fall attractions & shops may not be open, please phone ahead to establishments to check their hours.
A Brief History: Miller Boat Line was started by William M. Miller in 1905 as a ice harvesting, fishing charter & water taxi service on the harbor of Put-in-Bay. During the 1940’s William’s son Lee Miller bought the dock Catawba point (where we presently leave from) & four all- steel passenger/vehicles ferries were added to the fleet during the 1940’s through the 1960’s. In the early 1970’s Miller’s developed the Lime Kiln Dock on the south tip of Put-in-Bay & this shortened the ferry trip between mainland & Put-in-Bay to under a half hour & Miller Ferries began the “short route” service, which not only shaved off transit time, but allowed Millers to add scheduled trips. In 1978 William (Bill) E. Market & his wife Mary Ann Market bought the Miller Boat Line from Mary C. Miller & over the years four all-steel, drive on/ drive off passenger & vehicle ferries eventually replaced the older side-load vessels. The new vessels were more efficient to load & unload, engine horsepower was increased & cruisetime was pared down to under 20 minutes. The Market family chose to retain the company name “Miller Boat Line” in honor of the Miller family that established the ferry company. Miller Marina on Put-in-Bay harbor, three retail shops & E’s Golf Cart Rental have been added over the last two decades. A new vessel is currently being designed & soon to be built with a projected launch date of Fall 2019.
Put in Bay, Ohio is the most popular resort vacation island in the Lake Erie Shores & Islands, Ohio region & the island is home to a wide variety of events, attractions, lodging, camping, nature trails, restaurants, live entertainment & bars. Middle Bass Island is home to quiet shoreline trails, lodging, kayaking, nature trails, eateries, live entertainment, Middle Bass Island State Park & marina, events & history tours of Lonz Winery.
Find our Catawba Ferry Dock at *GPS: 5174 East Water St., Port Clinton, Ohio 43452. Lodging, events, coupons, maps & more travel tips can be found at http://www.millerferry.com & http://www.visitputinbay.com. See you on the Island!