Miller Ferry to Put in Bay

Miller Ferry to Put in Bay

The Miller Ferry is on their full summer schedule. If you do visit Put-in-Bay, please remember the motto “Our Home to Your Home”. Follow all government and CDC guidelines in regard to 6-foot social distancing, washing your hands often, avoiding shared surfaces as much as possible, etc. Be safe!

Miller Boat Line Put-in-Bay Schedule


The Miller Boat Line Ferry Service

When traveling across Lake Erie to destinations such as Put-in-Bay, Middle Bass Island, or the other Lake Erie Islands, the Miller Ferry provides great service to its guests with exceptional views. Conveniently located in Port Clinton, Ohio, The Miller Ferry is a short boat trip to the islands and has the lowest fares.

The Miller Boat Line will transport guests aboard the ferry via car, bike, or walk-ons and departs from the northern point of Catawba Island. The Miller Ferry makes frequent trips from Catawba Island (mainland) to the Lake Erie Islands during the spring, summer, and fall months.

The address for the Miller Ferry Boat Line is 5174 E Water St Port Clinton, OH 43452. The ferry is within a half-hour drive from Sandusky, Ohio and an hour drive from Cleveland, Ohio. The ferry makes frequent trips daily. To view the full schedule, click here. Whether you’re visiting the islands for a day trip getaway or spending a few nights, the relaxing Miller Ferry is the best way to travel.

Guests who do not choose to bring a car to the island will find parking available near the ferry. Although both paid and free parking options are available, free parking is available within walking distance to the Miller Ferry.  Plus, once you get off on Put-in-Bay, taxi service and golf cart rentals are available. Golf carts are a great way to enjoy downtown Put-in-Bay.

History of the Miller Ferry

Put-in-Bay is considered the heart of Lake Erie “Wine Islands” because if its rich vineyards and tasty wines, which made it a popular tourist destination. During the start of the 20th century, steamships would embark on the island during the summer months and guests would enjoy the Hotel Victory and island attractions. Lake Erie has also long been a popular destination for fishermen because of the perch, pickerel, and bass. To help keep the fishermen cool in the summers, William M. Miller and Harry Jones started a local ice business in 1905. The men would collect about 1000 tons of block ice during winter months, store it in an ice house, and sell it to sailors on yachts during the summer. Miller used his eighteen-foot wooden boat for these deliveries.

The son of William M. Miller began a method of transporting a ferry-like service transporting cars, livestock, freight, and passengers to the island along with the first year-round mail service to Southbass Island.

The Miller Boat Livery was renamed to Miller Boat Line when it was incorporated in 1966. Over the years, efficiency became of great importance and the main Miller Ferry route was adjusted to ensure the shortest route to the islands. By 1972, the ferry was making 12 daily trips from the mainland to Put-in-Bay (South Bass Island).

Put-in-Bay grew in popularity in the 1970’s and historical homes and business that were once in disrepair began to be renovated. Tourism rapidly grew and as the islands became a popular destination.

Over the years, the technology and safety of the boats have improved as the fleet has grown. As the fleet grew, the high level of service offered by the Miller Ferry to its guests has remained exceptional.

The latest addition to the ferry fleet, named Mary Ann Market, was added in 2019. This new ferry is both a passenger/vehicle ferry that can carry up to 600 passengers and features start-of-the-art boating technology.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Does the Miller Ferry offer same-day round trip service for cars?

Yes, the Miller Ferry does offer same-day round service for cars. Vehicles making round trips on the same day can do so Monday-Thursday. Due to the busy summer weekends, vehicles can not make a round trip the same day on Saturdays, Sundays, or holiday Mondays.

How do I find options to explore Put-in-Bay by golf cart or taxi?

To view options to explore Put-in-Bay by golf cart or taxi, see information on the Island Club taxi and golf cart rentals by clicking here.

What is the cost of a ferry ticket?

The prices vary depending on adults, children, cars, bikes, etc. To view the full list of current ferry ticket prices, click here.

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