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Put-in-Bay Ohio South Bass Island Airport (3W2)
Put-in-Bay airport was renovated with a new runway in 1996 replacing a rather challenging dog-leg narrow landing strip. Our new modern asphalt paved runway is 2870 feet long and 75 feet wide.
The Put-in-Bay Airport is serviced by several small commercial carriers located at the Sandusky Airport (KSKY) and the Port Clinton airport (KPCW) as well a Dairy Air, a local Put-in-Bay based operator.
The Put-in-Bay airport is the main mode of transportation in the winter months when the island ferry services are no longer able to run due to lake conditions. Commercial carriers utilize plane that carry between 1 and 15 passengers. Based out of Sandusky, Griffing Island airlines (http://www.flygriffing.com/) provides scheduled service year round to South Bass, Middle Bass, Peele, and Kelly’s Island.
Air transportation was first initiated to South bass Island by Milton ?Red” Hersberger who landed a WACO bi plane on ice in the downtown harbor. The following year, Hersberger started Island Airways and began offering regular service to Put in Bay when awarded a contract do deliver the US Mail to South Bass Island. Air travel to and from the mainland made life easier for island residents.
Hersberger expanded his operations by purchasing 7 Ford Tri-Motor airplanes well regarded for their docile handling characteristics and durability. Islanders were actively involved in clearing the land where the current Put in Bay airport is located. Hersberger was also instrumental in establishing airports on North Bass, Middle Bass, and Kelly’s Islands as well as Port Clinton Ohio.
Airport (Put-in-Bay) Information
- FAA Identifier: 3W2
- Airport Use: Public
- Elevation: 590 feet
- Location from City: 1.5 miles SW of Put in Bay Ohio
- Lights: No lights, No Night time takeoff or Landing
- Open: Year Round, times vary with sunrise and sunset
- Ramp & parking Fee: Yes, Varies by Aircraft
- ARTCC: CLEVELAND
- FSS: CLEVELAND (1-800-WX-BRIEF)
- LAT/LONG: 41º 38′ 12″ N, 82º 50′ 21″ W
- Runway: 2870 X 75 Feet
- Runway Condition: ASPH/GOOD
- Unicom: 122.8
- FBO: Put-in-Bay Township Authority
- Additional Comments: No Camping on Airport Property, Touch and go’s prohibited, Remain 1000 feet clear of Perry Monument Memorial Column (352 feet tall)
- Aviation Resources: NOAA National Weather Service (
- Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association… AOPA (http://www.aopa.org)
Put-in-Bay Ohio is also known as the Walleye Capital of the world. Put in Bay in Ohio’s western basin of Lake Erie is the fishing destination of choice for small mouth bass, yellow perch and walleye. If it’s top-notch Lake Erie fishing, you’ll find it here!
For up-to-date fishing reports, lake maps, perch, walleye, trout, and steelhead information and much more visit:
Canadian Boaters Information
If you plan to visit Canada, you need to contact Canadian Customs. If you touched Canadian soil and come back to Ohio via private boat, you have to report to U.S. Customs (1-888-523-BOAT). For more info, please visit:
You can get the poop straight from the source by going to the Ohio Dept of Commerce, Division of Liquor Control’s Website and viewing their publications, including “SUMMARY OF OHIO’S 21 DRINKING AGE LAW”. Here is a summary of the summary:
- A person must be 21 years old to drink beer, wine, mixed beverages or spirituous liquor.
- It is illegal for a person under 21 years of age to possess any beer, wine, mixed beverages or spirituous liquor.
- It is illegal for ANY PERSON to possess an opened container of beer, wine, mixed beverages or spirituous liquor in any public place.
- It is illegal for any person other than the state to manufacture, sell or distribute in any manner a card or identification card issued for the purpose of establishing a person’s age that displays the great seal of Ohio… that represents the card as the official driver’s license or identification card of Ohio (a 5th degree felony punishable by 6 months to 5 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $2,500).
Silly Ohio Drinking & Other Laws
The maintainers of PutInBayOnline.com want to make sure you are safe and within the law while visiting our island, so please remember the following advice while drinking, as it is THE LAW!…
- Ohio state law prohibits getting a fish drunk.
- In Oxford, OH, it’s against the law for a woman to take off her clothing in the presence of a man’s picture.
- In Bexley, OH, Ordinance number 223, of 09/09/19 prohibits the installation and usage of slot machines in outhouses.
- If you ignore an orator on Decoration day to such an extent as to publicly play croquet or pitch horseshoes within one mile of the speaker’s stand, you can be fined $25.00.
- In Cleveland, OH, women are forbidden from wearing patent leather shoes.
- In the State of Ohio, it is illegal to set a fire under your mule.
- A hunting license is required for anyone who plans on catching mice.
- It is illegal to run your horse over five mph. Ride Mr. Ed at a safe speed (and please, do not attempt to ride the real Mr Ed, purveyor of Put-in-Bay hotspot Mr. Ed’s Bar & Grille, as he probably would not appreciate it!!!).
- The Ohio constitution bans idiots from voting (back when the Ohio constitution was written in 1802, the mentally ill were referred to as idiots rather than the more politically correct terms used today. So, it was written in the constitution that idiots were banned from voting. However, such provisions did not apply to those running for office, so it’s possible to elect an idiot into office.).
- Standing on the roof of a moving taxi cab is strictly prohibited.
- You must obtain permission from the park superintendent before playing a game of leap frog with your best friend.
Golf Cart Regulations
- You must be a licensed driver and 18 years of age or older to rent a golf cart or moped.
- Golf Carts or mopeds are licensed motor vehicles and all applicable laws apply.
- When making an online reservation, your card is usually charged the day of your arrival unless you cancel the day prior. A cancellation number will be issued if you cancel.
- Your cart or moped is due back by 11 AM the following day. The overnight is included in the daily rate on any cart. We provide locks for you to secure your cart.
Put-in-bay township is governed by a three-member board of trustees, who are elected in November of odd-numbered years to a four-year term beginning on the following January 1. Two are elected in the year after the presidential election and one is elected in the year before it. There is also an elected township clerk, who serves a four-year term beginning on April 1 of the year after the election, which is held in November of the year before the presidential election. Vacancies in the clerkship or on the board of trustees are filled by the remaining trustees.
Two towns are located in Put-in-Bay Township: the popular tourist village of Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island, and the unincorporated community of Isle St. George on North Bass Island.
Put-in-Bay is an incorporated village located on South Bass Island, Ottawa County, Ohio, United States. The population was 128 at the 2000 census. The village played a significant role in the War of 1812 as the location of the squadron of U.S. naval commander Oliver Hazard Perry, who sailed from the port on September 10, 1813 to engage a British squadron just north of the island in the Battle of Lake Erie. The village is a popular summer resort and recreational destination. Ferry service connects it with Catawba Island, Kelleys Island, Port Clinton, and Sandusky, Ohio.
Put-in-Bay Miscellaneous Facts:
- The population of Put-in-Bay is approximately 128 (2000).
- The amount of land area in Put-in-Bay is 1.07 sq. kilometers.
- The amount of surface water is 0.463 sq kilometers.
- The distance from Put-in-Bay to Washington DC is 370 miles. The distance to the Ohio state capital is 115 miles. (as the crow flies)
- Put-in-Bay is positioned 41.65 degrees north of the equator and 82.81 degrees west of the prime meridian.