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Middle Bass Island

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Middle Bass Island is part of the Lake Erie Islands system. It is located in the center of Lake Erie, a couple of miles north of South Bass Island.

Get in[edit]

Map of Middle Bass Island

By boat[edit]

Ferries from the mainland originate from Catawba Island. Ferries run several times/day during the prime tourist season, scheduled sailings during spring/fall as weather allows. Middle Bass can be reached by pleasure boats, but lacks the fine natural harbor found at South Bass. A new 300+ slip marina is planned to open soon, and 50 slips are available at the State Park.

A small ferry, the Sonny S, takes passengers to/from nearby Put-in-Bay, which has a grocery and other services.

By plane[edit]

  • 1 Middle Bass Island Airport. A small (2085 x 67 ft.) General aviation airport. No regular scheduled passenger flights, but some companies may let you charter flights to here. Middle Bass Island Airport (Q3565182) on Wikidata Middle Bass Island Airport on Wikipedia

Get around[edit]

Given the small size of the island, Golf carts are popular as transportation. Cars are permitted on island roads, though speed limits are low. Bikes are a common means of transportation and the island can easily be walked as well.


Lonz Winery
The Marina
  • Lonz Winery. The former winery is a castle-like structure which is now part of the State Park.


There are few scheduled activities on the small island.


  • Aunt Erma's. Clothes and toys for the young. Also sells accessories
  • 1 Middle Bass General Store.


  • 1 J.F. Walleyes (Near the ferry dock.).


Middle Bass Island is much less "touristy" than South Bass/Put-in-Bay, and has far fewer drinking establishments.

  • St. Hazard's Resort. Offers a well-stocked bar & microbrewery.



  • Middle Bass Island State Park has 21 non-electric campsites. The newest State Park in Ohio is spartan in other respects, with a vault toilet.


  • St. Hazard's Resort (on the east side of the island). has condo-type accommodations and camping.


Go next[edit]

A small ferry (Sonny S [dead link]) travels to Put-in-Bay/South Bass Island. This ferry only runs until 7PM on weekdays and Midnight on weekends.

This travel guide to Middle Bass Island is a usable article. It has information on how to get there and on restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.