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  • 70 - South Bass Island State Park

    Ohio Department of Natural Resources Ohio State Parks
    1523 Catawba Avenue
    Put-in-Bay Township, OH 43456

    Public Access

    Open daily, year-round

    Amenities

    Boat launch, Camping, Restrooms, Picnic areas

    GPS Coordinates

    N 41° 38’38.37"; W 82° 50'11.38"

    Driving Directions

    The park is on the west side of South Bass Island, at the junction of Catawba Avenue and Meechen Road.

    What to Look For

    The 1,588 acre South Bass Island is only eclipsed by Kelleys Island in size among the Ohio Lake Erie islands. It receives the heaviest visitation of any island int he lake, Ohio or otherwise, thanks to the popular Put-in-Bay community. The year-round residents only number about 130, but their ranks are swollen by thousands of visitors from April through October.

    As with the nearby islands, birding can be fabulous on South Bass Island, especially during migration when the trees can be full of songbirds. Tourist traffic is also lighter in early to mid-May and September, when migrant numbers and diversity peak. The island is too large to readily cover by foot, but golf carts can be rented, or autos can be brought over via ferry.

    Natural Features

    There are numerous lake access points on the island, and noteworthy attractions beyond those listed below. The Put-in-Bay Aquatic Visitors Center is managed by the Ohio State University's Sea Grant Program in cooperation with the Ohio Division of Wildlife, and features numerous exhibits about Lake Erie and its life. The South Bass Island Lighthouse is located at the end of Langram Road at the island's southwestern corner. The lighthouse has been in operation since its completion in 1897. Not far offshore from the island's west shore is 17-acre Green Island, which is a state wildlife area (not publicly accessible).