South Bass Island State Park, with official signage.

South Bass Island State Park is a 33-acre state-owned park on South Bass Island in Lake Erie. It is a scenic landmark offering visitors incredible views of the Lake and surrounding islands and access to Lake Erie for swimming, fishing, and boating. The large wooded campground and family lakeside picnic area offer a quieter atmosphere than the raucous entertainment of downtown Put-In-Bay.

A boat launch ramp near the picnic area provides boat access to Lake Erie. If you don’t have your own boat, watercraft rentals are available next to the ramp including power boats, fishing boats, kayaks, and jet skis.

The campground itself offers over 100 sites. Electric sites and some full-hookup sites have 50-amp service. Sites are walk-in only in April. For stays May 1 through mid-October. There are also 4 cabents, combining the amenities and features of both a cabin and a tent. These are available for three-night-minimum stays from Memorial Day until mid-September. You can reserve a camping space online or by calling (866) 644-6727.

Put-in-Bay Beaches

SBI State Park is home to one of the most popular beaches on Put-in-Bay.  Here, swimmers can enter from the small rocky pebble shoreline and swim in the waters of Lake Erie.  The shoreline at this beach is perfect for a relaxing stroll with someone you love.


Alex W: “Beautiful and secluded park, good quality facilities and quiet grounds. The roads are narrow, but kept in good condition. Driving large campers or trailers through certain parts of the park may prove to be a bit of a challenge. I’d love to come back!”

Baubi H: “Had the best week with my husband and a couple friends. Spent a lot of time wandering around the island just taking it all in. There’s so much to do. Lots of shops and restaurants. Great views of the lake. The campsite was in a decent location and I slept like a rock all weekend. Best weekend ever.”

Rob H: “This is a clean and beautiful park with a nice playground and plenty of open green space for families to picnic or just lay out and enjoy the sun. Right next to the water with jet ski and kayak rentals. Cabins are available with a small shop for some of the things you may need when staying.”

Ravi D: “Awesome place for camping. Words can not explain the beauty of this place. Our tent was right near the cliff with a beautiful view of lake Erie. Full hook up sites, electrical and water hook up sites and RV sites available, but away from the cliff. A quite place with lot of green foliage, clean restrooms/shower area, hot water, fish cleaning area and  great park rangers make this place one of the best. Surprisingly there were no mosquitoes except for harmless fish flies/mayflies. The only way to access this park is via a ferry ride to South Bass Island.”