Put-in-Bay Water Sports

Put-in-Bay waterspouts consist of fun activities like kayaking, jet skiing, paddle boarding, parasailing and much more. South Bass Island is surrounded by the beautiful waters of Lake Erie Ohio, and if you’re coming to join us for a Put-in-Bay getaway, we’re guessing you’ll want to spend more time on that water than just your ferry ride to and from. Especially if you found your way to this page! So fear not, just read on and find out all the great ways you can enjoy the lake we all love so much!

Massie Cliffside Preserve

Massie Cliffside Preserve was dedicated on August 7th, 2016. It spans 11 acres of Put-in-Bay. This land is mostly wooded, however, the Preserve also has 265 feet of Lake Erie shoreline. This is one of the most recently preserved nature spaces on South Bass Island. The Lake Erie watersnake, which had been gone from the island for quite a while, use the cliffs at Massie Cliffside Preserve as a habitat. If you keep an eye out, you might see some bluebells among the wildflowers on the cliffs. The bluebell is…

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Captain Park’s Lake Erie Charters

Looking to catch a few fish on your next visit to Put-In-Bay? Captain Park can help make your dream Put-In-Bay Fishing experience happen. Captain Park’s Lake Erie Charters will take you out for a great day on the water. He specializing in guided fishing trips for parties of up to six adults and/or children. Join Captain Park on “MegaCatch” for a fun-filled day on Lake Erie’s best fishing holes and your family will never forget it. For over 38 years, Captain Parks has been chartering fishing trips around the Lake…

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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 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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Water Sports on Put-in-Bay

Put-in-Bay is the best spot in the Midwest to spend a summer vacation. Our island has the feel of Key West, without having to jump on a plane. And a huge part of a summer vacation is enjoying the water. I mean more than the Put-in-Bay ferry rides of course. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of ways to get out on Lake Erie and have some fun with Put-in-Bay Water Sports

Jet-skiing at Put-in-Bay

When most people think of Put-in-Bay attractions, the first thing to come to mind is jet-ski’s, and we’ve got no shortage of those at Put-in-Bay. You’ll find multiple Put-in-Bay jet-ski rental options above. You’ll be gliding across the surface of the lake in no time. Whip around, splash your friends, but don’t go too fast, and make sure you’re sober!

The Walleye Capital of the World

If you want a Lake Erie activity that doesn’t mandate sobriety, book yourself a fishing charter. Put-in-Bay fishing is famous, especially for the biggest and most walleye in America. This area around South Bass Island is the Walleye Capital of the World! Get on a boat with one of the licensed, certified and experienced Lake Erie fishing charters that operate out of Put-in-Bay and you’ll be sure to have an incredible time out on the water.

Put-in-Bay Parasailing, Paddleboarding and More!

Not an angler? Maybe you’d like to get a workout in while you’re on the lake? Rent a paddleboard! There are actually water trails around the island, maps of a path you can take that will provide an incredibly scenic tour and help you break a sweat.

Maybe all of this is a little tame for you. Maybe you want to get the adrenaline pumping. How about soaring hundreds of feet above the lake? You can do just that with Put-in-Bay parasail! They’ll take you out on the lake on their boat and your line will let you glide above the lake at an altitude of 300 feet or more. It is thrilling and at the same time absolutely beautiful.

We know there’s a bunch to do on the land at Put-in-Bay, but don’t leave the water out of your Put-in-Bay vacation! We love Lake Erie and we’re sure if you spend an hour or two enjoying what it has to offer, you will too! If you want to spend the weekend at a Put-in-Bay resort, hotel, condo, or rental then check out our lodging. Make sure you book sooner than later because lodging fills up fast in the summer!

Frequently Asked Water Sports Questions


Can you swim at the South Bass Island State Park?

Yes, The South Bass Island State Park is home to Put-in-Bay’s only public beach. Once there, you’ll notice a the pebble beach, the small cliffs and wonderful picnic are for you and your group to enjoy.

Can you rent Jet Skis on Put-in-Bay?

Jet ski rentals are available with Put-in-Bay watercraft rentals. Located at the South Bass Island State Park, Put-in-Bay watercraft rentals also have kayaks available.

Where is the best place to rent a Kayak on Put-in-Bay?

Located next to Topsy Turvey Wharfside is Kayak the Bay. Kayak the bay is the best place to make the most of your island kayaking experience.