Located on Put-in-Bay Road, about a quarter mile north of Maple Leaf Cemetery, Jane Coates Wildflower Trail is a nature trail maintained and protected by the Lake Erie Islands Chapter of the Black Swamp Conservancy. The trail is named for Put-in-Bay artist Janie Coates who was a jeweler, painter and conservationist. Many covet Jane’s free form sterling silver cast jewelry and her other works of art. Another Jane Coates legacy are the custom painted panels on Kimberly’s Carousel depicting historic Put-in-Bay images, including the Hotel Victory, the Steamer Put-in-Bay, Ford Tri-Motor “Tin Goose”, Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial,and the Colonial Building.
Kayak the Bay, Ltd., is located on Bay View Avenue, on the island’s waterfront near Oak Point State Park, and offers single and double sit-in and sit-on-top kayaks. Explore Put-in-Bay’s downtown harbor for some easy kayaking or get more adventurous and kayak around Gibraltar Island. Group rates available. Kayak the Bay is open Daily, 10 a.m. until dark, weather permitting.
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Captain Bruce Ruthsatz has been a Lake Erie charter fishing guide for more than 27 years. He is experienced in the seasonal migration of Lake Erie game fish and specializes in walleye, perch and smallmouth bass. Captain Bruce offers three different charter packages, including a Standard Package, Half-Day Package and Executive Package. Captaining a 28-foot Marionette, Captain Bruce is licensed by the State of Ohio and the United States Coast Guard and fully insured.
Captain Jason Hall gives adventurers a unique “bird’s eye view” of Put-in-Bay’s boat filled downtown harbor and the surrounding islands. Strapped into a parachute harness and hanger, you’ll gradually be lifted from the back of the boat into the sky as the wench feeds out the cable connecting you to the vessel. Put-in-Bay Parasail departs the Boardwalk’s downtown dock. Ask about group rates. Call ahead for reservations and for current prices. Both single and double parasailing is available.
Rent a jet ski, or a power boat for up to 4 people by the half hour and hour at South Bass Island State Park this summer. Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rentals is open daily, 11 am to 6 p,m., weather permitting. The jet ski rental is located at the state park’s public dock in the parking lot near the pebble beach. Kayak rentals are also available. Ask about group rates.
SAUNDERS GOLF COURSE
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Saunders Golf Course is a challenging 9-hole executive course located across from South Bass Island State Park. Saunders is the site of the annual 5-Iron Golf Classic sponsored by E-Z-GO Golf Cart and benefitting the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau. A fun par-3 course. The course rents golf clubs. Greens fees are $10. Ironically you won’t find any of the island’s 700 golf carts here; they are not allowed on the course. Golf course shop sells beer, water, soft drinks, snacks and a limited line of golfing supplies. Season passes available.
Scheef East Point Nature Preserve is 9-acre parcel of water front property protected by the newly formed Put-in-Bay Township Park District. The preserve is located at the very end of East Point, about two miles from downtown Put-in-Bay. The preserve offers visitors a walking path, great bird watching opportunities, and shoreline access for fishing The property is open from dawn to dusk daily.
Try your skill at climbing a rock wall at the Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center. Four different skill levels are all on the same wall. The Rock Crew is trained to get climbers securely in the required safety harness. The safety equipment is provided. The 25-foot rock wall is open, weather permitting, any time the Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center is open.
The War of 18 Holes is an 18 hole championship putt-putt course with a War of 1812 theme. This challenging course is sure to be a hit with the entire family. Learn interesting facts about the War of 1812 and Oliver Hazard Perry’s pivotal role in American History in the “Battle of Lake Erie” while playing under a canopy of shade trees. Kids will enjoy exploring the covered bridge and learning the secret of the “water shot”. Play a long shot through the waterfall cave. Open until late. Adult admission is $7.50, kids 6 to 12 is $4.50 and under six play free.
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Wharfside sells bait, tackle and Ohio Fishing Licenses. Located on Bay View Avenue, across from Mossbacks Restaurant. The shop also sells food items and a large inventory of boat supplies, including coolers, life jackets, boat bumpers and marine and boat parts. Wharfside also carries Island souvenirs and gift items, and rents golf carts.