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Kelleys Island

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Kelleys Island is an island and city in Erie County, Ohio.


The island is sparsely-populated, with a small village on the south side of the island, a limestone quarry on the west side, and a State Park on the north side. Ferries from the mainland dock at the village several times/day during prime tourist season.

Get in[edit]

Kelleys Island can be reached by ferry from Sandusky or Marblehead Peninsula, by airplane or private boat.

  • 1 Kelleys Island Ferry Boat, 510 W. Main St., Marblehead, Ohio, +1-419-798-9763. Offers passenger and vehicle ferry service between Kelleys Island and Marblehead runs daily year-round, weather permitting. During peak season, ferries run every half-hour and offer late night service on weekends. There is a parking fee at the Marblehead dock.
    Rates of the Kelleys Island Boat Company (each way) are $9.50 for adults, $6 for children, $15 for autos, $4 for bicycles, and $8 for motorcycles as of 2013.
  • 2 The Jet Express, 101 W. Shoreline Dr., Sandusky, Ohio. Offers passenger-only ferry service from downtown Sandusky, Ohio to Kelleys Island aboard hydro jet catamarans. Ferry operates daily during summer and weekends spring and fall.
  • Griffing-Sandusky Airport and Flying Service, 3115 Cleveland Rd., Sandusky, Ohio, +1-419-626-5161. Offers service to Kelleys Island with prior reservations.
  • 3 Erie Ottawa International Airport, 3255 E. State Rd., Port Clinton, Ohio, +1-419-734-6297. Offers service to Kelleys Island with prior reservations. Erie–Ottawa International Airport on Wikipedia Erie-Ottawa International Airport (Q5388261) on Wikidata
  • 4 Kelleys Island Landing Field. The airport on Kelleys Island.
Map of Kelleys Island

Get around[edit]

The island has many miles of paved roads if you ferry your car to Kelleys Island.

Golf Carts are a popular way for locals to get around, and are available as rentals.

Many choose to travel by foot or bicycle.


Ohio's largest island is full of adventure for all ages. It has 600 acres of state park lands, 17 miles of coastline, beautiful wildflowers, nature trails, a fossil-filled quarry, and wetlands which are admired by nature-lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. There is also a popular downtown district that offers shopping and entertainment, as well as dining and drinking establishments.

  • 1 Glacial Grooves State Park (Kelleys Island). The world's largest accessible glacial grooves, embedded with fossils that are 350-400 million years old. Located on the north side of the island, the grooves can be viewed from a walkway and stairs. The wavy trough is 400-feet long, 35-feet wide, and up to 10-feet deep carved by glaciers pressing large stones along the bedrock. Free. Kelleys Island State Park on Wikipedia Kelleys Island State Park (Q6385748) on Wikidata
  • 2 Inscription Rock. A boulder covered in native petroglyphs. Near the ferry dock at the south end of the island. Free.
  • 3 Winery Ruins. The ruins of an old winery can be seen half-way between the State Park and the Village.
  • 4 Kelleys Island Historical Museum, Division St., Kelleys Island, +1 419-746-2399. Exhibits include the Himmelein House, commercial fishing artifacts, Estes school, island churches and wineries, fossils, Indian artifacts and Shays locomotives.
  • 5 Kelleys Island State Park, 920 Division St, +1 419-734-4424. The park features hiking trails, camping, launch ramp, fishing, summer programs, picnic shelter, and sandy swimming beach. Free. Kelleys Island State Park on Wikipedia Kelleys Island State Park (Q6385748) on Wikidata
  • 6 Kelley's Island War Memorial. Free.
  • 7 Shrine. 24/7. A small wayward christian shrine Free.
  • 8 Monument to the Unknown Soldier. Free.
  • 9 Charles Herdon Sculpture Garden and Art Gallery. Wait outside until greeted for access to the indoor art gallery. The indoor gallery contains artwork for sale. Free.
  • 10 Kelley's Island State Park Public Beach. Free.


  • 1 Kelley's Island Library. Offers free Wi-Fi. Limited hours for actually going inside. Free.
  • 2 Kelley's Island School (Estes School). Kelleys Island School on Wikipedia Kelleys Island School (Q6385746) on Wikidata


  • 1 Kelley's Island Market. A basic general store for basic goods. Has an ATM.
  • 2 Village Peddler. Clothing store
  • 3 Caddy Shack Square. Offers a variety of themed shops, plus a golf course.
  • 4 Sweet Valley Pette Stope.
  • 5 Kelley's Island General Store. Sells touristy items
  • 6 Vi's Island Treasures.


  • 1 Seaway Marina. A coffee shop and convenience store


Several bars exist in the village, and Kelleys Island Brewery produces several varieties of ale and lager at their facility west of the village.

  • 1 Kelleys Island Wine Company, 418 Woodford Rd, +1 419-746-2678. Beautiful indoor and outdoor setting, dining options, special events, catering, and wines. Horseshoe pit, volleyball, cornhole, and gift shop also available.
  • 2 The Village Pump. A downtown pub. Has good hours. Servings can be rather large.
  • 3 Captian's Corner.
  • 4 Kelley's Island Brewery. Has a wide variety of desserts.
  • 5 West Bay Inn. A restaurant and Bar in a remote part of the Island. Not actually an Inn.


  • 1 Kelleys Island State Park, 920 Division St, +1 419 746-2546. 45 non-electric, 82 electric sites, showers, flush toilets, volleyball court, six miles of hiking trails, North Pond Nature Preserve, North Shore Nature Preserve, picnic areas, a picnic shelter, launch ramps, fishing, 100-foot swimming beach and hunting.
  • 2 Kelleys Island Venture Resort, 441 W. Lakeshore Dr, +1 419 746-2254. 30-room hotel with private balconies and decks.
  • 3 The Fly Inn Luxury B&B.

Stay safe[edit]

Despite its low population and remoteness Kelleys Island still has a police department and an emergency medical service. Don't forget they can help in the event of an emergency.

While the south side of the island where most businesses are located has good cellular access, the north side of the island does not necessarily have good cellular access. This can range from having a slower data connection to not having any access at all (including emergency calls). Make sure to download any information you need on your phone such as a map and let someone else know where you're going beforehand. If you need to get a signal quickly, stay on the path while going as far south as possible, or try getting farther away from cliffs.

Stay away from cliff edges. There are not always guard rails.

Don't enter the abandoned buildings in the woods. They look cool, but they haven't been maintained.

Lake Erie can be quite volatile and dangerous. Be careful while sailing and swimming, especially if you are alone.

The bedrock on Kelleys Island is very close to the surface, and often bare patches of it are exposed in parks. This rock can be slippery, especially after rain or near the lake. Always pay attention where you're stepping.

Even though most traffic is golf carts, you should still always walk on the sidewalk and cross at the zebra crossings. Jaywalking is dangerous, and even if you get across safely, you could be subject to a $100 fine from the police.

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