Miller Ferry Travel Tips
Answers to our most Frequently Asked Questions
Where does the Miller Ferry leave from?
Directions to the Miller Ferry Dock.
Are cars allowed on Put-in-Bay?
Yes. If you are visiting for a day trip, we suggest parking your vehicle on mainland and coming as a foot passenger. However, if you wish to bring a car, please read our Vehicle Guidelines.
Are dogs allowed on Put-in-Bay?
Yes. Pets are welcome aboard the Miller Ferry, and travel at no charge, but must be kept on a leash or cage and stay on the lower deck.
Does the Ferry offer group discounts?
Yes, we offer discounts for Tours, Meetings, Family Reunions, and Weddings. Check out our groups page for details and additional information. Contact our Group Sales coordinator, Cheryll Rose about bringing your group, 800-500-2421.
Is Put-in-Bay kid friendly?
There are several family and childrens’ attractions and events. Check out our Kid’s Page, Attractions, Events, and Coupons. Contact individual attractions for prices and hours open.
Does Put-in-Bay have lodging?
Yes, see our Lodging page for Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass. We also suggest the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce www.visitputinbay.com and the Lake Erie Shores and Islands www.shoresandislands.com 800-441-1271. Check out our Lodging Packages and Lodging Coupons.
Does the ferry run in the rain?
Yes. During high winds schedules are subject to change or be canceled without notice. For updates during foul weather call 800-500-2421, see millerferry.com, or follow our Facebook & Twitter.
Does the Miller Ferry run year round?
Miller Ferry operations generally begin during spring lake thaw and run until weather permits or winter lake freeze. If we operate beyond the print schedule, we will post times on the home page of this website www.MillerFerry.com, or you can phone the office at 800-500-2421 for times.
Additional Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass Information – More Put-in-Bay information may be found at the Chamber of Commerce site www.visitputinbay.com . Visit PutinBayDaily.com for more Island News & Information. Additional Middle Bass information may be found at www.middlebass.org.
Day Visitors – If your getaway is just for the day, we suggest you come aboard as a passenger and leave your vehicle and travel worries parked on the mainland in one of our free parking areas. Your transportation choices on Put-in-Bay include golf carts, bicycles, cabs, bus service between the Miller Lime Kiln Dock and downtown, and the island tour train narrated tour. The two miles between the Miller Lime Kiln Dock and the downtown has a bike path. For island discounts, you can present coupons from your mobile phone or print out in advance.
Passengers in Wheelchairs – Each ferry has a boarding ramp and wheelchairs can go on the lower deck. However, there is no enclosed cabin or on-board wheelchair accessible restrooms. There are wheelchair accessible restrooms on Miller Catawba Dock and the Miller Lime Kiln Dock, Put-in-Bay. The Lime Kiln Dock, Put-in-Bay has a steep grade, but the rest of the island is relatively flat. From the dock, it’s two miles to the town/village area. You are also welcome to bring your vehicle, we will do our best to accommodate you, but please know for Put-in-Bay, as with all private vehicles, it will be a first come, first serve basis. Please let our ticket booth personnel know if you need any assistance. Call our office at 800-500-2421 for more details on traveling with a wheelchair.
Area Information – Historic trails, birding, water parks, theme parks, beaches, shopping, waterfront escapes, quaint bed and breakfasts, fishing charters, lighthouses, a premier amusement and roller coaster park – all of these attractions are within a half hour drive of our Miller Ferry dock on Catawba. See www.shoresandislands.com for information and lodging and you will find why you will want to spend several days in our beautiful area!
Worship Service – Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church, Catawba Ave., PIB, Mass held on Saturday at 6:00 pm, Sunday at 7:00 am and 10:30 am. Saint John’s at the Bay Lutheran Mass held on Sunday at 1:30 pm at Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church. Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, Catawba Ave., PIB, service at 10:00 am. Middle Bass Island Town Hall service Sunday at 10:00 am.
Island Amenities – Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass each has a grocery store and beverage carry out. Put-in-Bay also has a hardware store, library, gas station and post office. There is no pharmacy.
ATMs and Credit Cards – Each ferry dock has an ATM machine next to the restrooms and gift shops. We accept credit cards including Master Card, Visa, American Express and Discover.
Medical Issues or Emergencies – Put-in-Bay EMS & Mercy Health Medical Center is located at 528 Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay. Mercy Health Put-in-Bay Medical Center is open Friday and Saturday, Noon to 4am, and Sunday, Noon to Midnight. The emergency contact number for fire and for police is 911. Non-emergency police number is 419-285-3962.
Miller Ferry Office, Put-in-Bay, Ohio – 800-500-2421, 419-285-2421 (local)