Put In Bay Blog

Put-in-Bay Events: Think Spring!

Time to start thinking about Put-in-Bay Events!  However, Old man Winter seems like he’ll never release his grip on the area.  Still, we are gearing up for another fantastic season on Put-In-Bay.  While the bulk of our guests come between June and August, the island has wonderful activities and events both early and late in the season.  Also, the lodging rates during these times are a great value.  Check out these great Spring Events on Put-In-Bay.

Mr. Ed’s 13th Annual Pajama Party: April 20th Weekend


Mr. Ed’s Bar is home to this fun event that is a sure sign the Put-In-Bay season has arrived.  Guests are encouraged to bring their favorite comfy pajamas, while enjoying great live music and the best local DJ’s.  Guests can vie for great prizes for sexiest pajamas, funniest pajamas and more.  Also, the zany Mr. Ed’s staff always manages to pull out a few surprises for the bash.  Take advantage of the discounted rates, and sneak in another fun weekend on the Bay, early in the season.  Also, this weekend is a popular choice for bachelor and bachelorette parties.  Wedding season is just around the corner!  Book Now to be part of the action.

All Sport FUNdamentals Put-in-Bay 4th Annual Draft Day 5k FUN Run: April 28th


The time is now to get moving.  What better place for a 5k than beautiful Put-In-Bay?  All Sports Fundamentals is hosting this great annual race to kick off the race season.  This organization strives to provide great Put-In-Bay Events to keep people active and having fun while doing it.  All participants will receive a Draft Day 5k Jersey, free lunch and drink discounts.  Also, the Lake Erie Islands Browns Backers will be offering tickets to win prizes.  These include autographed footballs, memorabilia and more.  All proceeds from this event will directly assist the LEIBB.

Putinbay.com’s Spring Fling Customer Appreciation Party: May 4-5


We love our guests!  So, we like to show you our admiration by throwing a huge street party.  Each year during the first weekend in May, the Island Club transforms into party central.  The Spring Fling party kicks off on Friday with live entertainment and free beer.  A beer truck with over 50 kegs provides the libations for the Fling.  Then, Saturday the party rocks on.  There are more entertainers gracing the stage.  Also, we cook burgers and hot dogs for all of our friends.  This customer appreciation party has grown to be a must-attend event of the season.  We have many guests who enjoy the party so much, this is the Put-In-Bay event they attend each year.  Grab your Put-In-Bay Home Rental for this awesome event!

Mardi Gras Weekend/John Carroll Weekend: May 11-12


You don’t have to go far to get a taste of the Bayou.  Each May, Put-In-Bay hosts a fun filled Mardi Gras Weekend.  Grab some beads and float on over for an exciting Put-In-Bay Event.  Also, this weekend is another great choice for bachelor and bachelorette parties because its on the cusp of the popular June Wedding season.  Another fun aspect of this weekend is the addition of the seniors of John Carroll University.  For over 5 years, the senior class has came to Putinbay to celebrate their upcoming graduation.  There’s never a dull moment on the island, especially with such great Put-In-Bay Events.

See You on the Island for Fun Put-In-Bay Events


No matter what time of the year you visit Put-In-Bay, there is always something exciting going on.  However, the Spring time gives guests a chance to experience the island with more affordable vacation rentals, less crowds and easy-going vibe.  We look forward to welcoming you and yours to Put-In-Bay this Spring.  See you at the Bay!




Put-in-Bay Paranormal

Doller House Put-in-Bay Paranormal

Is the island normal or is Put-in-Bay Paranormal?  According to some paranormal researchers, there is convincing evidence that yes is the answer.  The following will discuss claims of other worldly visitors at three Put-in-Bay establishments: The Park Hotel, the Doller House and the Crews Nest.

Put-in-Bay Paranormal: 3 Suspected Haunts

Park Hotel

Park Hotel Put-in-Bay Paranormal

The Park Hotel has been a fixture on the downtown Put-in-Bay scene for over 150 years.  Originally, the hotel opened as the Deutches Hotel in the 1870s.  A striking feature of the new lodging choice was beds with springs, instead of beds stuffed with hay.  The first owner is believed to be George Schmidt.  A newspaper article from this era mentions him as owner.  Also, the Roundhouse Bar construction was in Toledo and shipped to Put-in-Bay.

Now, where does the haunts came in to the picture?  A woman, known as the “governess,” purportedly perished at the Park Hotel.  Allegedly, the woman fell from the second floor down the steps to the lobby.  Islander children who have played frequently in the lobby, have noted a feeling of being “watched over” by this woman.  Also, she’s known to frequent Room 14 at the Hotel.  Another incident of paranormal activity relates to a suspected suicide.  Some speculate that an early owner of the bar may have committed suicide within.  The legend includes a death by hanging in the third floor stairwell.  Reports suggest the man remained, looking down on guests in their bed and peering from the window in Room 17. Also, this entity visits in the “Winter Bar,” located next to the Lobby.  This is one of the most popular Put-in-Bay Paranormal places.

Doller Mansion

Doller Mansion Put-in-Bay Paranormal

This magnificent home’s construction was by Valentine Doller during the mid to late 1800s.  Doller was an immigrant from Germany who came to Sandusky, Ohio in 1851.  Then, in 1859 he moved to Put-in-Bay.  He was responsible for the construction of many buildings, as he was a prominent and prosperous member of the community.  Additionally, he held several positions including first postmaster, council member and eventually mayor of the island.  He and his wife had six daughters.

One evening, one of Doller’s daughters left quietly to enjoy some of the nightlife.  Olga Doller frequented the Put-in-Bay Colonial, a massive entertainment hall on the island at this time.  During her trek home, she fell into the water.  So, she yelped for help from her predicament.  Fortunately, she avoided the peril.  However, her actions enraged Valentine Doller.  From that moment on, he forbade his daughters to marry.  This new ruling was very difficult for the sisters to bear.

One daughter, Daisy, eventually moved to a home next to the mansion.  For the rest of their lives, the family remained on the island.  Today, they rest at the Crown Hill Cemetery in the family mausoleum.  It’s believed the spirits of the anguished daughters still run amuck in the Doller Mansion.  Reports indicate that they still peer from the windows, longingly looking for love.  Today, the Doller Mansion is home to the Put-in-Bay Winery.

Crew’s Nest

Crews Nest Put-in-Bay Paranormal

The Crew’s Nest is the premier social club on Put-in-Bay.  Here, members can enjoy a fine meal, a swim in the large pool and much more.  Originally, the property opened as The Eagle Cottage.  Moreover, the property finished construction in 1875.  The first owner, Captain F.J. Magle, ran a steamboat that provided service to the island.  Then, in 1946 the property was sold and renamed The Friendly Inn.  Here, guests found lodging and a home cooked meal. Today, the club boasts improved facilities thanks to many improvements over the last 50 years.  Workers at the Crews Nest have noted strange noises coming from the attic.  Also, they claim that things thrown up the attic stairwell come back down by an unknown force.  The entity has a name, “Spencer.”

So, it appears there is some evidence to suggest that Put-in-Bay Paranormal activity is present.  With such a storied past with colorful characters, this comes as no surprise.  If walls could talk, they would shed interesting insights on the former residents of the island.  Also, they would give us a better understanding as to why these spirits are still present today.  This is yet another layer of the interesting island of Put-in-Bay!

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Burning Snowman 2019

Snow, ice and frigid cold temperatures mean Burning Snowman 2019 is near!  These conditions is what we’ve been dealt thus far this Winter.  Are you ready to bid farewell to the blustery conditions?  So are we!  The 4th Annual Burning Snowman Fest in Port Clinton, Ohio is here to do just that!

The Burning Snowman Fest is an event designed to help think warm thoughts during these cold times.  Revelers will gather once again on February 23, 2019 for this popular event.  The host locations are Mr. Ed’s Bar and Grill and Dock’s Beach House in Port Clinton.  Also, other local bars will be offering great specials for this event.  More importantly, this event’s purpose is to raise funds for local charities.  There will be live entertainment, food, hobo bonfires and even hot tubs to soak in.  Entertainment will be selected from the wide selection of local talent.  One band will even get to make their big debut.  See below for information about this great prelude to the Burning Snowman 2019 on Thursday, January 17th.  The winner will even get a chance to play at Mr. Ed’s Put-in-Bay this Summer!

Stay at Burning Snowman 2019

There is no better place to stay for this festival than the Commodore Perry Inn.  The location is absolutely prime.  Guests will be on site for the entire event.  So, all of the fun to be had will be mere steps away.


Rooms Start at $119.95 + tax

For Reservations: Call 419-732-2645

Have Questions?: Call or email Chassey at 419-357-6247 or [email protected]

Burning Snow Man Transportation

For transportation for any time during the festival, Call the friendly folks at After Hours Taxi.  They will be out in full force ensuring guests the utmost safety.  So, don’t drink and drive! Instead, call After Hours for a sober skipper!



Start Planning Now!

This event has gained traction as the must attend event of the Winter.  Therefore, many of the local lodging options fill up fast.  There is no better way to experience it all than to stay right at the party.  So, you won’t miss out on all of the great fun.  Lastly, lest not forget that this is a party with a purpose.  The generous donations of Burning Snowman attendees has made a great impact on the local community.  Come out and do your part and wish Winter away!  Burn baby burn!




Events & Gatherings, News

The Colonial: 30 Years Later

Put-in-Bay Ohio Colonial Hotel Fire

The building was nothing short of spectacular and iconic in downtown Put-In-Bay; now we look back on The Colonial 30 years later.  Generations of islanders and tourist spent time here, enjoying the dancing, bowling and more.  Then, on that tragic day in May 1988, the building quickly engulfed in flames.  Let’s take a trip down memory lane.  Find an easy chair, pour a beverage and follow the story of the beloved Colonial, a favorite Put-In-Bay Attraction of yesteryear.

Colonial: Years Before Construction


The land where the Colonial resided has a tumultuous history.  First, a home known as the “White House” was on the property.  Here, guests could stay on occasion, making it one of Put-In-Bay’s first boarding houses.  Then, in 1861 ownership changed hands to Joseph W Gray, the editor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He moved to make the structure into a full time boarding house.  Later, his interests were no more, as he was bought out.  The hotel was known as Sweeny, West and Company.  As time progressed, the hotel expanded with extra wings constructed.  Now, the hotel dubbed the Put-In-Bay House remained

Tragedy Strikes


Sadly, tragedy would overtake the fledging enterprise.  A benefit on August 30, 1878 aided Yellow Fever relief in the South.  However, just before 6 PM, a fire ignited in the cupola at the top of the building.  Quickly, flames spread throughout.  Sadly, there was no fire department on the island at this time.  Residents formed a bucket brigade to fight the fire.  However, the blaze was far too powerful and the hotel burned to the ground.  Later, speculation pointed to 4 young men as the culprits of the fire.  Prior to the tragedy they were smoking in the cupola.  A fire truck from Sandusky came over via steamer.  Unfortunately, they arrived too late.

The islanders pressed on.  Valentine Doller, a prominent Put-In-Bay figure, purchased the land.  Then, he constructed another Put-In-Bay House, albeit much smaller.  The new building was just 200 feet long and could accommodate up to 200 guests.  Sadly, tragedy struck yet again.  On September 3, 1907 the second Put-In-Bay House caught fire.  Again, the building burned to the ground.  The newly constructed Colonial Dance Hall nearly caught fire too.  Fortunately, they were able to contain the blaze to the hotel.  However, this ominous history would rear its ugly head again.

Colonial Construction and Early Years


With Valentine Doller behind the helm, the construction of the Colonial was underway.  His company, the Put-In-Bay Amusement Company, paid $20,000 for the hotel property.  Their plans included the construction of a large dance hall and skating rink.  On June 16, 1906 the Colonial opened its doors to great fanfare.  All of the islanders came out to commemorate the joyous occasion.

During the first decades of operation, the Colonial was truly a wonderful place to visit.  Lake steamers ferried thousands of guests to the island.  Moreover, they attended the numerous dances held in the grand hall.  Children, teens and adults could all find fun things to do in the massive space.  The construction of Perry’s Monument and the Centennial of the Battle of Lake Erie brought hordes of crowds to Put-In-Bay.  Then, by the late teens, the threat of Prohibition was real.  Interestingly, the state of Michigan went dry the year before the country followed suit.  Consequently, Michigan residents flocked to the island as drinks were readily available.

Roaring 20’s and The Great Depression


There were many different activities tried in the space.  The 1920’s and 30’s saw a surge in dances on the weekends.  There were dancing contests held with Jack and Sue Snyder from the actor’s colony acting as judges.  A popcorn stand was downstairs.  Many made their way to the stand because of the delicious aroma.  Another favored activity of the island women was to come and gossip on Saturday evenings.  Imagine, catching up on the island news watching the youngsters dancing below.  Bowling alleys were available sometime around Prohibition.

The Depression proved to be quite a difficult time for Put-In-Bay and the Colonial.  Consequently, the partners of the Dance Hall faced an impeding bankruptcy.  A new era of the Colonial was eminent.  George and Fannie Lonz purchased the property for $6,250.  They were the owners of the beloved Lonz Winery on Middle Bass Island.

Lonz’s Colonial


Now, the Colonial was under the ownership of the Lonz Family.  They would retain ownership for the next 25 years of this well-known Put-In-Bay Bar.  Over the this tenure, the building’s management varied.  During the early 40’s, Bob and Maria Shiele ran the wine room.  Here, they adorned the walls and ceiling with fabric, and painted it to resemble a cave.  Also, Chick Linker ran the roller skating operation.  Local publications ran ads with headlines such as, “Roller Skating at the Colonial: A Chick Linker Operation.”  Then, from 1945-1947 George Compton ran the operation.  Sadly, Compton passed away on October 4, 1947 during a skating party at the end of the season.  Many believe a heart attack due to over exertion to be the culprit.

Then, in 1948 Lonz leased to Howard Sutton.  Howard’s mother assisted with managing the Colonial.  They promoted a wide assortment of events in the building.  Interestingly, even a wrestling match occurred.  Lonz added a wine tasting area at the East end.  Here, his fine Lonz Wines from Middle Bass island were available.  This room felt like a cave, being dimly lit with deep set booths.  Also, past guests remember the room having a perpetual smell of stale wine.  Others ran the operation pressing in to the 50’s and 60’s.  This include Frank and Alice Crowley, Dale and Adeline Schmidlin and Ralph Zickafoose.

Disaster Nearly Strikes Again!


The Colonial faced peril yet another time. The Schnoor & Fuchs Grocery Store caught fire on March 12, 1964.  This store, located just to the South, was a complete loss.  However, the Colonial at less than 100 feet away, remained unharmed.  Shortly after this close call, Lonz decided to sell the Colonial.  Just prior to the sale, he sold the neighboring ball field.  Then, a developer went on to build the Commodore Motel.

Neff Breathes Life into The Colonial


The South Bass Island Company, owned by Al Neff, purchased the building for $20,000.  Neff immediately went to work on giving the property updates and improvements.  New alleys with automatic pinsetters replaced the dated lanes.  Also, this new area had a furnace so that it had year round potential.  Bowling leagues formed in the Winter months.  Other improvements were to come.  The old Lonz wine room transformed in a rustic fashion.  Much of the décor utilized reclaimed material, making the space feel very authentic.  Quickly, the “Bay 90’s” became one of the islands favorite hangouts.  The massive dance floor was also rehabbed at great cost and effort.  Wonderful events like the Put-In-Bay Centennial Ball in 1977 and the Founder’s Day Ball in 1979 took place in the renovated Colonial.

The Old Rittman Grocery Store moved in 1968 to the present day location of the Island General Store. The architecture retained the character of the original building.  Restored original posts and siding from an old island school were among the building materials.  Duane Dress managed the store in the early 1970’s.  Then, in the final 3 years that Neff owned the property, Tip Niese ran the grocery store.

The Niese Term


The Colonial changed hands once again in 1979.  Tip Niese became owner of the iconic property.  He changed the Bay 90’s bar to the present day Beer Barrel Saloon.  After overseeing the grocery store in the late 70’s, Tip was poised to be a perfect partner for the property.  At this time, George Stoiber and Skip Duggan were interested in buying.  Not long after, both Stoiber and Duggan sold out their interests, leaving Niese as the sole owner of the Colonial.  Changes were to come for the building.  The automatic alleys were removed and replaced with a restaurant ran by Tom Yantz.  Also, a video arcade was erected on the ground floor.

Patrick Houston Dailey: Coolest SOB in the World


Spring brought a true paradigm shift.  A man showed up at the Colonial in a van, asking for a music gig.  Before leaving, he left a cassette of some of his material.  The Niese family had doubts about this unknown entertainer.  They had never heard of him.  Still, they agreed for him to play Memorial Day Weekend of 1979.

Patrick Dailey was this man.  However, the first weekend he was scheduled encountered great storms.  The Put-In-Bay Ferry service stopped.  Still, he made it on Sunday.  His show filled the room on that Sunday afternoon.  The crazy antics, fun lyrics and splendid rhythm captivated audiences. Soon, Pat Dailey and the Beer Barrel were synonymous.  Every Friday and Saturday night, fans would line up to see Pat play.  Quickly, Dailey wrote songs about the island which became the island anthems.  Interestingly, the wildly popular Put-In-Bay was written by Pat while sitting next to the Commodore Pool.

Colonial and Beer Barrel During the 1980’s


The Niese era also brought in a wide variety of live entertainment.  Again the Colonial rose to be the hub of activity on the island.  The Beer Barrel was expanded several times to make room for the large crowds.  Also, the Grocery Store grew during this time.  From the time Tip first bought the store it had grown three fold.  Other additions included the Palm Tree Patio.  Here, guests could enjoy cold drinks while chowing down on ribs and chicken.  Potted palm trees swayed in the lake breezes.  Time marched on with fun events like Halloween parties with Ben Dover and the Screamers.

That Fateful Day in May: The Fire


Memorial Day Weekend in 1988 on Put-In-Bay remains in infamy.  On Friday May 27, 1988 fire once again came to the Colonial property.  In just 45 short minutes, the island treasure was merely rubble.  A propane barbeque grill on the outdoor patio was the source of the blaze.  Mike Niese, son of the owner, and other employees attempted to put out the fire.  Unfortunately, the flames were just too intense.

The fire was so intense it was seen from the Mainland.  Quickly, the Put-In-Bay Fire Department realized it couldn’t successfully fight the Colonial fire.  So, the efforts focused on preventing the fire spreading to other structures.  Also, there was much attention given to 1000 gallon propane tank in the rear of the building.  Business owners were hosing down nearby buildings with hopes to stop the spread. Fortunately, the fire did not cause significant damage to neighboring buildings.  Sadly, the Colonial was a complete loss.

The Show Must Go On!


After the fire, the Niese family pressed on.  Islanders still needed grocery essentials, newspapers and so on.  They sold said items and more out of the back of trucks.  The Colonial was still smoldering in the background.  Quickly, the site was bull dozed.  A huge tent put up ensured the Beer Barrel could remain open for the Summer. The grocery store opened in a temporary trailer.  Still, Tip Niese vowed to rebuild.  So, he employed George Poulos, a renowned local architect, to design the new building.  After Summer, the large tent came down to make way for construction.  This new building construction was made of concrete and steel.  No more could fire wreak havoc as it had so many times before.

Today at the Old Colonial Space


The new building opened in 1989, complete with the World Longest Bar.  The Beer Barrel Saloon and Tipper’s Restaurant continue to provide the island with great entertainment.  Furthermore, outstanding acts like the Lo Cash Cowboys have played here and eventually made it big on the National level.  Today, the Niese family continues to operate this iconic Delaware Avenue address.





Mid America Boat Show Opens January 18th w/ Put-in-Bay Night

Mid America Boat Show

The Mid America Boat Show returns to the I-X Center in Cleveland, Ohio January 18th, 2018.  This is the largest and oldest boat show in Ohio.  Here, there are many fun and entertaining things to do and see.  Bring the family for a taste of Summer in the middle of the Winter!  Also, browse from over 400 boats onsite.  Boat dealers and boating vendors will be on hand offering the very best products and services.

Mid America Boat Show 2018 General Info



Dates: January 18-21, 2018

Location: I-X Center; 1 I-X Center Dr; Cleveland, Ohio 44135


Boat Show Hours:

Thursday, January 18th          Noon – 9 PM

Friday, January 19th               Noon – 9 PM

Saturday, January 20th          11 AM – 9 PM

Sunday, January 21st             11 AM – 6 PM

Admission: Adults: $14

Children 12 and Under: FREE

Adults 60+: $12

Put-in-Bay Night on Opening Night 1/18



There’s no better way to forget about the cold Winter than thinking about Put-in-Bay.  So, be sure to stop by the Put-in-Bay Pavilion at the Boat Show.  Here, have a taste of the legendary Boardwalk Lobster Bisque.  Also, enjoy from live entertainment from local favorites West Side Steve, Ray Fogg and Pat Shepard.  This will take place at 7 PM.  However, to secure a good spot for the show, it is recommended to stop by earlier.  So, see you at the show for Put-in-Bay night!

More info about the entertainment can be found here.

Fun Attractions at the Mid America Boat Show


Fish NOW Expo

This hands-on exhibit features a 5,000 gallon aquarium on wheels.  Here, fishing experts will give intriguing demonstrations.  Also, they will show how fish react to bait and how they secure it.  Children can learn how to rig and use a cane fishing pole.  So, stop by for this unique experience.


Go Dive NOW

Participants can go scuba diving in a wet suit.  Certified diving instructors oversee for instruction and safety.  Furthermore, dives are completed in a 30 foot 15,000 gallon pool.  So, come and see what it’s like to scuba!

boating experience

Boater Experience Pavilion

Come by with the whole family for a variety of fun activities.  Also, be sure to catch Pirate Willie’s Pirate Show with the little ones.  So, join in on the fun!


Lake Erie University

Each day, experts will give presentations about all things Lake Erie.  Furthermore, this will include weather Lake Erie Ports, invasive species, algae blooms, weather forecasting and more.  So, stop in and learn about our greatest natural resource.

Come Out to the Show!

mid america boat show

So, mark the calendar for this great event.  Shake off the blustery cold and think about a beautiful day boating on Lake Erie.  Lastly, turn your dreams into reality and Book Your Put-in-Bay Vacation Now!

Put-in-Bay Ohio Ice Fishing Looking Promising!

Old Man Winter has sent an arctic blast across the region, making Put-in-Bay Ohio Ice Fishing a real possibility.  With the plummeting temperatures comes an islander’s Winter wish, ice!  These early below average temps could lead to one of the best ice fishing seasons in recent memory.

Weather Contributes to Put-in-Bay Ohio Ice Fishing

Currently, a Polar Vortex has swept across the region.  According to an article on Live Science, a polar vortex is part of a low-pressure system.  Moreover, as winds blow in towards the center of the system where the lower pressure is located a phenomenon occurs.  This is known as the Coriolis Effect.  In the Northern Hemisphere the storms spin counterclockwise and in the Southern they spin clockwise.  The Earth’s spin causes this effect.  During the Winter months, the North Pole tilts away from the Sun.  Due to the perpetual darkness, the temperature gradients vary. Consequently, these gradients power wind, which in turn leads to a low pressure system swirling around the pole.  This vortex resides within the stratosphere.  However, when it dips into the troposhere, we see the frigid air affect our weather.

Planning a Put-in-Bay Ice Fishing Adventure

This is the year to finally make way to Put-in-Bay for some hard water fishing.  If the conditions hold up, this may be one of the most fruitful seasons in several years.  Fortunately, there are transportation and lodging options available for anglers.  First, getting to the island.  Currently, the only mode of transport is via airplane.  Below are links and contact information to book air travel to the island.

Put-in-Bay Air Transportation

Griffin Flying Service          419-734-5400

Island Air Taxi                     419-573-2960

So, you’ve made it to the island.  The flight was a scenic wonder with ice as far as the eye can see.  Now it begs the question, where to stay?  Fortunately, there are lodging options that are open year round.

Put-in-Bay Lodging in Winter

Bay Lodging Resort             1-888-742-7829

The Bay Lodging Resort is a quiet, newly renovated resort located just steps from downtown Put-in-Bay.  Anglers can get some rest after a fun day on the ice.  Also, the launch point for many fish guides is nearby at the Public Docks.  So, the Bay Lodging Resort is an excellent choice for hard water fisherman.

Commodore Resort            419-285-3101

The Commodore Resort is located on Delaware Avenue in downtown Put-in-Bay.  So, ice anglers can walk to the docks and restaurants easily.  Rooms available for ice fisherman.

So, you’ve made it to the island, checked in and are ready to fish.  Unfortunately, your ice shanty and gear wouldn’t fit on the airplane.  Don’t fret.  There are ice fishing guides ready to assist.  So, choosing an ice fishing guide is the best way to get on the fish.  Also, they are equipped with the gear needed to make it happen.


Lake Erie Walleye
Put-in-Bay Ohio Ice Fishing Guides

Put-in-Bay Ice Fishing              614-312-7649

Lake Erie Ice Fishing A#1        810-434-1179

Hard Water Charters                419-277-7992

So, the stage is set.  Now, we just need the players!  So, don’t wait to plan your ice fishing adventure.  There is nothing better than cooking up fresh fish from the ice.  Using these resources, a complete trip can be planned.  Hopefully this will be an ice fishing season for the ages.

After a long day fishing on the icy lake, some rest will be in order. Reserving a Put-in-Bay Cabin is a great respite.  Here, the comforts of home beckon guests to relax and unwind.  So, set the watches to island time and watch the worries fade away. Besides, with so much to do on the island, you may want to spend and extra night so you can get the full island experience! Make sure you book fast because weekends tend to fill up fast in the summer. The sooner you book, the sooner you can get on a Put in Bay ferry!

Activities, Weather

Put-in-Bay Ohio Bachelor and Bachelorette Party Mecca!

The time of the year is here to plan a Put-in-Bay Bachelorette Party. With the Holidays coming up, it seems as if everyone is getting engaged.  Well, there is some truth to that notion.  According to WeddingWire.com, 40% of engagements occur between November and February. Surprisingly, 17% of proposals occur on the same 10 days.  These dates include Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Day and Valentines Day. So, what’s to come for these newly weds? Bachelor and Bachelorette Parties! Put-in-Bay is the ideal place to have one last hurrah.

Why Put-in-Bay?  For starters, the nightlife is nothing short of legendary.  Furthermore, with over 40 bars and night clubs, the fun is never ending.  Add 4 pool bars to this mix, and great times await no matter the time of day.  So, bachelor and bachelor parties can look forward to a great experience.  Furthermore, there are numerous great restaurants to have a nice dinner.  Options range from a scenic meal at the Upper Deck at the Boardwalk to a more casual lunch at Mr. Ed’s Bar and Grille.  Also, for late night eats, the Put-in-Bay Pizza Company is ready to deliver the goods.  Pizzas teeming with toppings and hearty grinders are highlights.  A Put-in-Bay Bachelor party is truly unforgettable.

Best Put-in-Bay Bachelor(ette) Party Lodging Choices
  • Island Club
    • The Island Club is a development of vacation rental homes.  Here, guests can enjoy the comforts of home such as separate rooms, full kitchen and private space.  Multiple homes can be rented to accommodate the largest groups.  Also, there is a pool on site where guests can bring their own beverages.  Many bachelors and bachelorettes have had their celebrations here.

  • Put-in-Bay Resort and Villas
    • This resort has a variety of fabulous lodging choices.  Moreover, guests can choose from different hotel rooms with varying capacity and features.  Also, the Put-in-Bay Villas are located here.  These large town homes are ideal for bigger groups.  The Villas are fully furnished with separate bedrooms, kitchen and comfortable living space.  Also, the Blue Marlin pool bar is on site.  Here, guests can have fun in the sun at one of the the most popular spots on Put-in-Bay. Enjoy a drink in the pool with some friends and then layout and soak up some sun on the pool deck.

  • Commodore Resort
    • The Commodore Resort is located in downtown Put-in-Bay, just steps from all of the action.  This hotel has a variety of room offerings in two separate buildings.  Also, the Mist Pool Bar is on site.  Here, revelers can dance the day away listening to local DJ’s spin tunes all while enjoying a cool and refreshing drink in the pool.  Additionally, Mr. Ed’s Bar and Grille is located at the front of the property.  Great food, cold drinks and superb entertainment awaits at Mr. Ed’s.

So Now What?

Put-in-Bay continues to be a wildly popular destination for bachelor and bachelorette parties.  The groups come from all across the Midwest.  So, whether it is a Chicago Wedding, Buffalo Wedding, Pittsburgh Wedding or if it is right at home for an Ohio Wedding, Put-in-Bay is the answer.  Unbeatable nightlife, comfortable lodging and a central location make the island well suited.  Research more about things to do on Put-in-Bay and Reserve Yours Today!

After a long day of partying on Put in Bay, some rest will be in order. Reserving a Put-in-Bay Cabin is a great respite.  Here, the comforts of home beckon guests to relax and unwind.  So, set the watches to island time and watch the worries fade away. Besides, with so much to do on the island, you may want to spend and extra night so you can get the full island experience! Make sure you book fast because weekends tend to fill up fast in the summer. The sooner you book, the sooner you can get on a Put in Bay ferry!



Put-in-Bay Ferry Service Stops for 2017 Season

The Miller Ferry has stopped Put-in-Bay Ferry Service for the 2017 season.  Due to lower than normal temperatures and windy conditions, the docks have become unsafe.  Therefore, service is suspended until further notice.

The Miller Ferry Crew, led by Billy Market, provides islanders and visitors safe passage to the island.  This crew works tirelessly to ensure that the vessels are safe and in working order.  Also, they undergo training in preparation to respond in an emergency situation.  So, when making way to Put-in-Bay, riders are in good hands.  Safety never takes a day off at the Miller Boat Line.

Miller Boat Line Fun Facts
  • Founded in 1905 as Miller Boat Livery
  • There are 4 Vessels that comprise the fleet.  A fifth Put-in-Bay Ferry has been ordered and is expected in service in 2019.
  • Boats powered by dual diesel engines (3-Caterpillar 1- Detroit Diesel)
  • Owned by Market Family since 1978

This Put-in-Bay Ferry Service is the lifeblood of the island for most of the year.  Now, islanders must rely solely on airplanes to traverse to the mainland.  Additionally, common perishables like eggs and milk will make way to Put in Bay across Lake Erie through the air.  Still, life will continue on South Bass Island.  Islanders will make their way by plane for doctor appointments, meetings and more.  For them, it is a common way of life.

Now, the Miller Ferry Crew will be busy preparing the boats for the hibernation.  Maintenance, cleaning and upkeep tasks await, so the boats are ready for the next season.  Then, the crew will get a much deserved break. Each season, the varying Put-in-Bay Weather dictates the last day of the season.  Many islanders make guesses as to when the boats will cease.  Interestingly, there is even a chance to guess the date and win at the local pub!

Thank You Miller Crew: Our Put-in-Bay Ferry!

Fortunately, the weather cooperated so that the Miller Ferry Crew can spend the Holiday season with their loved ones.  Their dedication and effort is greatly appreciated.  The island of Put-in-Bay is fortunate to have such safe and reliable transportation.  Cheers to the crew for another great season.  Think ICE!

Time to Reserve for 2018!

With the Miller Ferry Service coming to an end for the season, it is time to start planning for Summer 2018.  Many dates sellout quickly.  So, BOOK NOW to reserve your Put-in-Bay Lodging.


News, Weather

Put-in-Bay Police Find Human Remains on Put-in-Bay

Put-in-Bay Police

Put in Bay Police Department

News Release

On Sept 1st, 2017 the Put in Bay Police were notified of possible human remains discovered at a construction site in Put in Bay Township, South Bass island.

Below is a news release relating to this incident.

A follow up to previous articles…

September 9, 2017, Fox News article by Lindsay Buckingham

September 9, 2017, Sandusky Herald article by Patrick Pfanner [email protected]

September 13, 2017, News Herald article by Craig Shoup

Put-in-Bay Gazette – Jeff Koehler

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will offer a burial service for three unknown residents of the island who resided at South Bass Island over 100 years ago. They are believed to be an infant, a teen and an adult. The service at Maple Leaf Cemetery on October 22nd will use prayers which would have been used in the period when they lived. The funeral procession will begin at St. Paul’s Church at 1:00pm and proceed through the village giving these unknown residents the same respect current residents receive.

Their shared shallow grave was found during construction several weeks ago. The Put-in-Bay Police Department turned over the bones to the Ottawa County Coroner who examined them and consulted a and determined they are at least 100 years old. It seems likely they died many years earlier than that.

Lieutenant David Cimperman of the Put-In-Bay Police department is serving as the next-of-kin for the three individuals and coordinating the arrangements with Maple Leaf Cemetery, Burr Funeral Home and Rev. Mary L Staley of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church who also serves as the PIB Police Chaplain. All of the expenses for the burial of the unknown residents have been donated by Burr Funeral Home and local residents.

All residents at Put-in-Bay are welcome to attend this memorial service for the unknown residents from the past. Although residents may speculate about the cause of death and may propose various ideas, the coroner’s office believes there is not enough information available to determine their cause of death although, foul play is not considered a cause. In the time period between the Battle of Lake Erie and the late turn of the century many residents died from the effects of cold weather, various diseases and drowning.

Point of Contact

David Cimperman


Put in Bay Police

419-285-4121 Office

419-285-2515 FAX


Top Family Hotspots at Put-in-Bay

rock climbing wall perrys cave

People don’t usually consider Put-in-Bay as a place for family fun (usually people think of the bars), but you would be surprised at the diverse range of activities that provide a good time for the entire family. Best of all, the fun starts even before you step foot on the island.

The Miller Ferry to Put-in-Bay

Most island guests begin their journey to Put-in-Bay aboard the Miller Ferry. Miller Ferry provides the only service for both passengers and vehicles to Put-in-Bay (South Bass Island) and Middle Bass Island. They also offer the lowest fares and free parking if you are not taking your vehicle to the island (the Jet Express has free parking too). Visitors enjoy the half hour scenic ride to Put-In-Bay up top in the indoor or outdoor seating areas with beautiful views.

Delaware Cart Rentals

Once you get to Put-In-Bay, golf carts are a must in order to get around the island and see everything that there is to see. Delaware Carts downtown offers great golf cart rentals, discount coupons and is located a short walk from the Jet Express (or a quick and fun Island Club Taxi ride from the Miller). Whether your family is 4, 6, or 8 people in size, there is a cart for you!

Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center

The most common first stop for families is the Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center. This place has many different attractions and you can almost spend the entire day here. They offer cave tours, mini-golf, rock walls, gem stone mining, butterflies and more.

Perry’s Cave

The Perry’s Cave tour takes you below ground to explore a limestone cave that is over 200 feet long and lies 52 feet below the island. There are 20 minute guided tours that take place about every half hour during the busy season. Kids and adults alike can learn all about the cave, how it formed, and it’s rich island history with the professional and polite tour guides.

The Butterfly House

This is a must-see when visiting Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center! This fully enclosed garden is home to 50 different types of butterflies from all over the world. Walk among them and take in their beauty as hundreds fly around you. Don’t be surprised if a few even land on you.

The War of 18 Holes

For those who enjoy mini-golf, the War of 18 Holes putt putt golf is an entertaining 18-hole mini golf course that is perfect for kids and adults of all ages. The course wanders amongst waterfalls, miniature island monuments, streams, and many beautiful plants and flowers. At the start of each hole, you can learn some facts and history about the War of 1812.

Fort Amazen

Another fun attraction at Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center is Fort Amaze’N, a challenging maze that the kids will love. As you walk through the maze, there are 4 letters you need to find and punch in on your “passport.” Once you find all of the letters, you then need to find your way out. If you complete the maze, you win a prize. Finish the course in 5 minutes or less and you win a climb on the rock wall.

The Rock Wall

There are four sides to the wall, all ranging in difficulty from easy to hard levels. The four sides also allow for visitors to race against one another. When you are ready to slow things down a bit, try out the gem stone mining at Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center. You can pan for real gems, minerals and fossils at the mining sluice. A chart is on site so you can identify all the different gems that you discover, and the best part is that the gems you find are yours to keep.

Jet Skis and Boats

If you want to spend some time on the waters of Lake Erie itself, Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rentals has everything you need. You can rent stand-up paddle boards, kayaks, wave runners, and even power boats. They also offer sightseeing tours of Rattlesnake Island and they are conveniently located at the State Park boat ramp. Reservations can be made online.


Whatever your family decides to do at Put-in-Bay, you are guaranteed to have fun! And if you want to spend the night, we have many houses and Waterfront Condos to enjoy your stay.