Put-in-Bay (Put in Bay) is located on South Bass Island, about 3 nautical miles from the Ohio mainland. The Bass Islands all all part of Ohio and are in Ottawa County. In this section you will find Driving Directions to the Port Clinton-Catawba Island Area, Docking & Boating Information, Ferry Services, and Airport Information.
Getting here, as they say, is half the fun.
Locals like to joke about the secret entrance to the tunnel from the mainland, but it doesn’t exist. There also is no bridge between the mainland and the islands. You can access all the ferry transportation ports on the mainland by car, but the only access to the islands is by public ferry transport, public and private small aircraft, and private watercraft.
Two ferry companies provide service between the Ohio mainland and the islands. You can also ride a ferry service between Put-in-Bay, located on South Bass Island, north to Middle Bass Island.
The Jet Express offers passenger-only transport between the mainland ports of Port Clinton, Sandusky and Lorain to the island posts of Put-in-Bay and Kelleys Island. The Jet offers group rates, charters, and also offers special excursions during the summer season. The Jet runs daily ferry service during the summer season with boats departing as late as midnight. Daily service ends in September. The Jet does offer service on weekends in October. Check the Jet’s website for current passenger fares, and schedule information.
Miller Boat Line (The Miller Ferry) offers passenger and vehicle transport between the mainland at Catawba Point (Port Clinton) and Put-in-Bay (South Bass Island) and between Catabwa Point and Middle Bass Island. Miller’s offers group rates, and charters, and handles all UPS service when operating. The Miller ferries run daily half hour service during the summer season, some days as late as 9 p.m. Miller’s official schedule begins in March and ends in late November, but the ferry generally operates as long as the weather allows. Check the Miller Ferry website for passenger and vehicle rates, and schedule information.
The Middle Bass Island Ferry operates passenger-only ferry service aboard the Sonny-S between downtown Put-in-Bay (Boardwalk) and the Middle Bass Island Dock. The Middle Bass Island Ferry operates daily during the summer season. Check their website for passenger fares, and their current schedule.
Put-in-Bay’s Public Marina is operated by the Village of Put-in-Bay, and the DeRivera Park Trust. The Village operates A and C Docks in the downtown harbor, and also operates the public bath house in DeRivera Park. The DeRivera Park Trust operates B Dock with revenue used for upkeep of the downtown park. Smaller marinas also offer docks, including Oak Point State Park. Sailors can also opt to tie up to one of the Put-in-Bay Township Port Authority mooring buoys in the downtown harbor. A shuttle service is included in the mooring buoy rental.
The Put-in-Bay Township Port Authority also operates Put-in-Bay Airport on Langram Road.