Put-in-Bay Island: A Boater’s Paradise

Put-in-Bay is a boater’s paradise! Boats from all over Lake Erie fill our harbors during the summer so boater’s can enjoy all that Put-in-Bay has to offer. The waters surrounding South Bass Island are filled with Put-in-Bay ferries, sailboats, speedboats, kayaks, jet skis and more!

The Wharfside

If you’re heading out onto the waters of Lake Erie to do some fishing, the Wharfside is an essential stop. At Wharfside, you can pick up all of the bait and tackle you’ll need, as well as things for the boat and all of those small important things like sunscreen that you may have forgotten. Another thing you may forget that you can buy at Wharfside is a State of Ohio Fishing License. The fishing is great around Put-in-Bay. So great, in fact, that Lake Erie has earned the nickname…

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Put-in-Bay Yacht Club

Seeking a way to connect your love for yachting and lake life with networking and friendship making? Look no further, because the Put-in-Bay Yacht Club is the place to be! Here, you’ll be able to form lasting friendships with others that are also passionate about life on the water, powerboating, and other aquatic sports. Members of this private club enjoy a variety of fringe benefits and participate in a series of annual social events, such as: Cruise outs Parties Picnics Racing And numerous others. If you believe boating and friendship…

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Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rentals

Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rentals have been delivering the goods for over 22 years. They are the island’s premier rental option, with all sorts of fun apparatus to enjoy on the lake. They’ve got kayaks, wave runners, speedboats, paddleboards, whatever you want. They have everything you need to enjoy them equipment-wise, as well as safety training and instructions so you only have to worry about having fun. Let Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rentals give you the Lake Erie experience you deserve. So come out to the island today on a Put-in-Bay ferry! Put-in-Bay Watercraft…

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Kayak the Bay

Kayak the Bay is one of the best ways to take in the Lake Erie sights available. Grab your paddle and sit back and enjoy countless points of interest on your tour. Guest will start off kayaking the limestone cliffs of Gibraltar Island and then getting up close and personal with the Needle’s Eye. Next, guests will make their way to one of the most iconic homes on the island. Towering over the jagged cliffs is the famous Benson Ford ship-house. This historic and unique home was recently featured on…

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Put-in-Bay Jet Ski

When you come to Put-in-Bay, there’s so much to do on the island itself that it’s easy enough to fill a weekend completely neglecting the water. But if you do, you’re going to regret it when you go back home to your landlocked life. Spend some time out on our beautiful lake and get that unforgettable experience you can’t get at home. You’ll have so much fun zipping across the water, feeling the mist and breeze refresh you. Put-in-Bay Jet Ski is the spot to get your jet ski! There…

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Boaters visiting Put-in-Bay Island will have plenty of things to do! We even have the famous historic ship USS Brig Niagara join us every year. Come see our nautical themed shops, or rent a kayak and take it out onto the lake! There are plenty of Put-in-Bay water sport attractions from kayaking, to jet skiing,  paddle boarding and everything in between! Make sure you check out everything the island has to offer below!

Those bringing their own boat can dock in the downtown Put-in-Bay marina or at the South Bass Island State Park. Visitors can enjoy fishing charters if they wish to rent their own island boating experience.

Putting Your Boat in the Water

There are two boat ramps available for those bringing their boat to Put-in-Bay. One is located near the Jet Express Dock downtown. Meanwhile, the other boat ramp is located at the South Bass Island State Park.

Bringing your boat over? You can do so with the Miller Ferry. Their mainland dock is located in Catawba. They are located roughly an hour away from Cleveland and Toledo. Those is Sandusky are roughly a half hour drive away. The Jet Express, located in Port Clinton, does not have the capacity to transport vehicles.

Boating Questions

Is there a place to refuel your boat at Put-in-Bay?

There is a place to refuel your boat on Put-in-Bay. The boat fuel station is located at the Boardwalk Restaurant and Marina Complex. If you have any spare time we recommend you stop in and try their world-famous lobster bisque!

Are they any private boat docks on Put-in-Bay?

Put-in-Bay is home to 6 different private boat docks.

-The Boardwalk Docks, Duggan’s Marina, Miller Marina, Put-in-Bay Yacht Club, Mooring Buoys, and Park Place Boat Club Docks

Can you reserve boat docking services on South Bass Island?

Docks that are publicly owned will not be able to take any reservations. However, if you are wishing to make reservations for boat docking, you can do so at The Boardwalk and Park Place Boat Club.