The Stone Lab has been a freshwater field station since 1895. Then, thirty years later The Ohio State University took ownership of the research facility and the rest is history. Ohio State’s Stone Laboratory offers a variety of science, education, and intense research. The most pressing issues facing the Great Lakes are researched and studied by professional researchers all across the Midwest at this one field station.

Ohio State Stone Lab Offerings

  • Guided Tours
  • Field Trips
  • Library
  • Conferences and Educational Programs
  • College Science Courses
  • Bookstore

The Stone Lab is located on Gibraltar Island, where guests can also explore the Aquatic Visitor Center and the South Bass Island Lighthouse. Here you will receive an in-depth look at Lake Erie’s science and history with a Put-in-Bay landmark tour.


Ohio State Tour Information

Aquatic Visitor Center Tour

Explore a variety of hands-on science activities, view live Lake Erie fish species, study current research, and check out original equipment from the days when the location was used as the main fish hatchery of the South Bass Islands.

Wednesdays through Saturdays (June 20 – August 25) – 10:oo AM – 5:00 PM – FREE

Group Tours Available (Mid May through October) – $4 Per Person – Reservations Required


Gibraltar Island and Cooke Castle Tour

Explore Perry’s Lookout, the beautiful exterior of Cooke Castle, and learn about the Stone Lab research.
Wednesdays (June 20 – August 8) – 10:oo AM – 12:00 PM – FREE

Per Person: $10.00

Children Ages 6 -12: $5.00

Water taxi to Gibraltar Island: $6.00 Round-Trip


South Bass Island Lighthouse Tour
Find out how the island communicated with the outside world years ago and explore some of the pressing issues facing Lake Erie’s ecosystem. Then, climb to the top of the lighthouse tower to see the scenic views on top of Put-in-Bay.
June 9, July 18, August 11, September 8, October 13 – 11:oo AM – 5:00 PM – FREE
Group Tours can be scheduled April through November


Stone Lab Contact Information:
878 Bayview Avenue, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456


There is plenty to do and see at Put-in-Bay, you don’t want to delay booking your trip before it’s too late. You’re only a click away from some of the best history, adventure, education, and fun the Great Lakes has to offer. Visit our Lodging page to reserve your room today.


878 Bayview Ave, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456, USA

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