There are so many awesome nature sites at Put-in-Bay to check out, but the South Bass Island State Park stands out. It covers over 33 acres, and is home to some of the greatest Lake Erie views you can find on this island, any other island, or the mainland. Also on site is a picnic shelterhouse that you can reserve. You can hold events here for up to 50 people. Additionally, if you’re having a regular ol’ picnic, there are picnic areas available as well.

This is also a fantastic spot if you want to do some shoreline fishing. The fish really bite at South Bass Island State Park. You will find a pier just by the entrance of the park. There is also a house for cleaning fish further along in the campground. Just don’t ruin your trip with a citation for illegal fishing. Take the time to make a quick stop at The Wharfside or the Put-in-Bay Gas Station, which both sell Ohio fishing licenses.

If you want to do some swimming in the lake, there is swimming access from the shore at South Bass Island State Park. The areas in which swimming is permitted are clearly signposted so you can find them easily. Swimming elsewhere at South Bass Island State Park is prohibited. You swim at the park at your own risk, and the park asks that you exercise caution when swimming here. You can also ice skate and ice fish at the park in the winter, if the conditions are right for it, however the same disclaimer that applies to swimming applies here as well.

South Bass Island State Park Camping

If you choose to camp out at the park, don’t think that you’ll be detached from all of the action, you’re just a $3 Island Club Taxi ride away! You’ll find hundreds of camping sites at the park, set to meet your needs. There are tent-only sites as well as sites with electric hookups. If you are interested in campground availability or would like to book, click here. Or if you’d prefer to make a reservation over the phone, call (866) 644-6727.


1523 Catawba Ave, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456, USA

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