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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Virus

Gazette-September

The following piece is published in this month’s Put-in-Bay Gazette. The Gazette has been producing incredible independent Put-in-Bay island news for over 40 years. If you have any interest at all in what is happening on South Bass Island, we urge you strongly to subscribe to the Put-in-Bay Gazette. One-year online subscriptions are only $15, and print subscriptions are available as well. To subscribe please click here.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Virus

I’m lucky that people recognize me with a mask. I can tell you it has been a challenge sometimes to know who we’re talking to when we meet friends on the street here in Put-in-Bay. I have wiped and sprayed and baked my mail all while observing the 6-foot rule since March. Doing just about everything possible to avoid the VIRUS. They call it COVID fatigue. read more

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Dogs and Catfish

Gazette-September

The following piece is published in this month’s Put-in-Bay Gazette. The Gazette has been producing incredible independent Put-in-Bay island news for over 40 years. If you have any interest at all in what is happening on South Bass Island, we urge you strongly to subscribe to the Put-in-Bay Gazette. One-year online subscriptions are only $15, and print subscriptions are available as well. To subscribe please click here.

Dogs and Catfish

By Gordy Barr

“Puppies are adorable. If they weren’t, you would return them” – Socrates

In times of crisis babies and puppies are sold in record numbers. Children are far more expensive. For those of us on a budget, puppies are a low-cost alternative. read more

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“Our Perfect Storm”

The following piece is published in this month’s Put-in-Bay Gazette. The Gazette has been producing incredible independent Put-in-Bay island news for over 40 years. If you have any interest at all in what is happening on South Bass Island, we urge you strongly to subscribe to the Put-in-Bay Gazette. One-year online subscriptions are only $15, and print subscriptions are available as well. To subscribe please click here.

I remember reading the “Perfect Storm” and being transfixed by the author’s level of detail. The book by Sebastian Junger transformed this once in a lifetime meteorological event into a visual masterpiece. The book’s tone was dark and stormy, and the author continually flashes back to the crew aboard the fishing trawler “Andrea Gail” as it continues to edge closer and closer to the unpredictable super storm. Little did the crew realize what was ahead for them. First a key weather buoy malfunctions, then the vessel’s extended stern begins to show signs of stress underway, meanwhile the captain steers further away from shore looking for more swordfish to fill the half empty hold. read more

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Hotel Victory:  Put-in-Bay’s “Grandest” Memory

Hotel Victory

Put-in-Bay, or South Bass Island, is known as the crown jewel of the Lake Erie Islands. Ever since Commodore Perry stationed his fleet here in the harbor and defeated the British in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812, Put-in-Bay has symbolized freedom, joy, and peace.

The island offers a rich history, and tourists have been visiting Put-in-Bay for more than 200 years.  After the war, many sightseers came to the island to attend celebrations and festivals that commemorated the Battle of Lake Erie.  Others would pack lunches and picnic along the waterfront, making sure to leave the island by nightfall, as there were no hotels or lodgings on the island for tourists.  In fact, it wasn’t until approximately 50 years after the War of 1812 that the first overnight accommodations were born. read more

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History, Lodging, News

The Original Put-in-Bay Settlers

Put in Bay Harbor

Many travelers and residents alike know that Put-in-Bay, Ohio’s rich history is one of its grandest features. but not everyone knows about the original Put-in-Bay Settlers. For starters, it has a fascinating legacy of hotels and lodging, as well as famous. Additionally, the island played a significant role in the War of 1812, specifically the “Battle of Lake Erie”, and the famous Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial Monument stands as a testament to this fact and Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry alike.

Perrys Monument Put in Bay

Put-in-Bay, which is also known as South Bass Island, is a premier travel destination along the Lake Erie Islands. Visitors come from all over the globe to experience the island’s wonders. From the earliest Put-in-Bay Settlers to the current family and corporate groups. Tourists extend their stays over multiple days so they can explore all the riches that South Bass Island offers. read more

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Put-in-Bay, Ohio is Open!

Put-in-Bay, Ohio is Open!

Put-in-Bay, also known as South Bass Island, is the midwest’s best kept secret. The Lake Erie Island has gathered together its Chamber of Commerce and Business Owners to organize how Put-in-Bay will re-open.  With Put-in-Bay, Ohio being such a popular vacation destination in the United States, the so called “key west of the north” is now officially open to the public again after being closed due to covid-19! More information about Put-in-Bay being open can be found here!

Put-in-Bay Island asks its visitors to practice social distancing and be mindful when exploring the island. The Miller Ferry is running to offer a great Put-in-Bay ferry service read more

Out of State Fishing Licences

Put-in-Bay Captain Park’s Lake Erie Fishing Charters

Put-in-Bay Ohio Fishing License

Walleye Fishing Put-in-Bay
Walleye Fishing Put-in-Bay

South Bass Island, Ohio  is known for a lot of things but one of the most prominent is the great Lake Erie fishing. You can find Yellow Perch, Smallmouth Bass, and is affectionately known to many anglers as the Walleye capital of the world. That being said, it attracts many fisherman from out of state and we love having them here, but due to Covid-19 the state stopped issuing licenses for non-residents but we have good news regarding Put-in-Bay fishing!

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has just put out a statement saying that they have begun to start issuing out of state fishing licenses them again and boat ramps will begin to allow out of state launches as well. So prep your fishing gear, print out your fishing guides, study those Western Basin fishing reports and start planning your next fishing trip with your friends or family because Put-in-Bay is going to be back in business before you know it! read more

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Miller Ferry Travel Updates

Miller Ferry to Put in Bay

Miller Ferry COVID-19 News

The Miller Ferry is doing everything in its power to keep Put-in-Bay, Ohio safe during Covid-19. Due to the Corona virus they have posted an updated travel schedule found here:

The Miller Boat Line is doing their best to keep our favorite Lake Erie Island safe during this crisis. As of right now no non-essential persons will be permitted to go from Catawba Island Point (Port Clinton) to South Bass Island or Middle Bass Island. They appreciate everyone being understanding during these difficult times and are tirelessly working alongside other business owners on the island to work out a plan to be able to open their ferry service fully in time for the season. read more

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Airbnb Put in Bay | A New Era

Airbnb Put in Bay has quickly become a popular way to stay on South Bass Island.  Users like the ease of use, an enormous amount of listings and the crowd sourced accountability.  However, guests should be sure to always check with the Put-In-Bay Hotels and Home Rentals DIRECT, as this is often the best deal.  Let’s take a look at some of the alternative ways to make reservations to this favorite vacation spot.

Airbnb Put in Bay | The New World Order

Airbnb Put in Bay

So, what is Airbnb?  Simply put, this service connects people to people for lodging stays and experiences.  Essentially, it is a marketplace where peers can offer up lodging to travelers.  This includes a shared room, event space, entire condo and more.  The company itself does not own the real estate being rented.  Rather, they make their earnings by being the intermediary for these transactions.  They charge commissions for each of the booking the Airbnb hosts make.  Simply put, Airbnb is analogous to Uber, the popular ride-share service. read more

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The Ice Rescue at Catawba Island State Park

Ice Rescue at Catawba Island State Park

When the summer season of Put-in-Bay comes to an end and the lake begins to freeze, ice fishermen are ready to go.  For many years, the ice fishermen have enjoyed the frozen winter wonderland while in their ice shanties on the hunt for fresh bass, perch and walleye.

Standing on a frozen lake is never going to be completely safe.  On March 9th, 2019 roughly 100 ice fishermen found themselves stranded as a large chunk of ice separated itself form the mainland.  The US Coast Guard, Put-in-Bay Volunteer Fire Department, Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department, Catawba Island Volunteer Fire Department and Police, and North Central EMS all acted as first responders to the emergency. read more

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