What are the prices for the ferries that take you to the Lake Erie islands?

Goodtime I Lake Erie Island Cruises

Goodtime I Lake Erie Island Cruises docked at Kelleys Island.

Goodtime Lake Erie Island Cruises
Jackson Street Pier, 109 W. Shoreline Dr., Sandusky
Daytime Island Hopping Cruise:
Enjoy a relaxing day on Lake Erie aboard the Goodtime I. Visit Kelleys Island and Put-in-Bay. Live narration and a full-service snack and cocktail bar. ADA accessible. *Schedule subject to change, please call ahead.
Schedule: May 24-25; May 31 and Jun 1; Tues-Sat Jun 14-Aug 23; Aug 30-31. Boarding begins at 9 am; boat departs Sandusky at 9:30 am.
Rates: Adult (13-59 yrs): $27.54, Senior (60 yrs and older): $24.48, Child (5-12 yrs): $16.32, Child (5 yrs and under): Free. Reservations recommended. Group rates available for 20 or more.

The Jet Express is the only catamaran ferry on Lake Erie.

The Jet Express is the only catamaran ferry on Lake Erie.

Jet Express from Port Clinton to Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island
3 N. Monroe St., Port Clinton
Passenger-only ferry service from downtown Port Clinton to downtown Put-in-Bay aboard hydro jet catamarans.
Crossing time: 22 minutes.
Schedule: May 2-4, 9-11, 16-18 and Sept 19-Oct 26 Fri-Sun only; May 22-Sept 14 daily. Please check website for detailed schedule.
Round-trip rates: Adult: $33, Child (6-12 yrs): $6, Child (5 yrs and under): Free, Bicycle: $9. Prices subject to a temporary fuel surcharge.

Jet Express from Sandusky to Kelleys Island
101 W. Shoreline Dr., Sandusky
Passenger-only ferry service from downtown Sandusky to Kelleys Island aboard hydro jet catamarans. Free parking.
Schedule: May 23-26; May 30-Sept 1; Sept 5-7; Sept 12-14.
Round-trip rates: Adult: $33, Child (6-12 yrs): $9.50, Child (5 yrs and under): Free, Bicycle: $9. Group rates for 15 or more and season passes available. The Jet Express is also available for private charters. Prices subject to a temporary fuel surcharge.

Jet Express from Sandusky to Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island
101 W. Shoreline Dr., Sandusky
Passenger-only ferry service from downtown Sandusky to downtown Put-in-Bay (with a quick stop at Kelleys Island) aboard hydro jet catamarans. Free parking.
Schedule: May 23-26; May 30-Sept 1; Sept 5-7; Sept 12-14.
Round-trip rates: Adults: $39.50, Child (6-12 yrs): $11.50, Child (5 yrs and under): Free, Bicycle: $9, Group rates for 15 or more and season passes available. The Jet Express is also available for private charters. Prices subject to a temporary fuel surcharge.

Jet Express Inter-Island
Passenger-only ferry service between Kelleys Island and Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island.
Schedule: May 23-26; May 30-Sept 1; Sept 5-7; Sept 12-14.
Round-trip rates: Adult: $23, Child (6-12 yrs): $6, Child (5 yrs and under): Free, Bicycle: $9. Group rates for 15 or more and season passes available. The Jet Express is also available for private charters. Prices subject to a temporary fuel surcharge.

Jet Express Port Clinton Island Hopping
3 N. Monroe St., Port Clinton
Passenger-only ferry service from Port Clinton to Kelleys Island and Put-in-Bay (South Bass Island) aboard hydro jet catamarans.
Schedule: May 23-26 and Sept 5-14 Fri-Sun only; May 30-Sept 1. Please check website for detailed schedule.
Round-trip rates: Adult: $47.50, Child (6-12 yrs): $9.50, Child (5 yrs and under): Free, Bicycle: $9. Group rates and season passes available. Prices subject to a temporary fuel surcharge.

Jet Express Sandusky Island Hopping
101 W. Shoreline Dr., Sandusky
Passenger-only ferry service from downtown Sandusky stopping at Kelleys Island and on to Put-in-Bay (South Bass Island) aboard hydro jet catamarans.
Schedule: May 23-26; May 30-Sept 1; Sept 5-7; Sept 12-14.
Round-trip rates: Adult: $47.50, Child (6-12 yrs): $13.50, Child (5 yrs and under): Free, Bicycle: $9, Group rates for 15 or more and season passes available. The Jet Express is also available for private charters. Prices subject to a temporary fuel surcharge.

Kelleys Island Ferry Boat Line.

Kelleys Island Ferry Boat Line.

Kelleys Island Ferry Boat Line
510 W. Main St., Marblehead
The only passenger/vehicle ferry service between Kelleys Island and Marblehead runs daily year-round, weather permitting. There is a parking fee at the Marblehead dock
Schedule: Regular service available Apr-Dec, weather permitting. During peak season, ferries run every half-hour and offer late night service on weekends. Please call or check website for details.
Round-trip rates: Adult: $19, Senior (62 yrs and older): $16, Child (5-11 yrs): $12, Child (4 yrs and under): Free,
Automobile: $30, Motorcycles: $16, Bicycle: $6. Group rates available. Can accommodate tour busses, RVs, trucks, and tractor trailers for additional fee.

Middle Bass Ferry.

Middle Bass Ferry.

Middle Bass Ferry
341 Bayview Ave., Put-in-Bay
Ferry between South Bass and Middle Bass islands. Check out the Sun-Thurs special package and points of interest on Middle Bass. Dock is located at The Boardwalk on South Bass Island and the township dock on Middle Bass Island.
Schedule: Please check website for detailed schedule.
Rates: Please check website for rates.

Miller Ferries to Middle Bass Island
5174 E. Water St. (SR 53 N), Port Clinton
Offers daily passenger and auto transportation from Catawba. Reservations are not required for passengers. Vehicle reservations are required and may be made up to two weeks in advance, but must be made by 4 pm the prior day. No same day, round-trip vehicles on Sat, Sun, and holidays. Crossing time: 40-45 minutes depending on weather conditions. Can accommodate RVs, trailers, boats and tour buses for an additional fee. Free parking.
Schedule: Year-round service; weather permitting. Please call or check website for detailed schedule.
Round-trip rates: Adult: $19, Child (6-11 yrs): $6, Child (6 yrs and under): Free, Automobile: $43 (rate does not include passengers), Bicycle: $6, Group rates available.

Miller Boat Line.

Miller Boat Line.

Miller Ferries to Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island
5174 E. Water St. (SR 53 N), Port Clinton
Offers daily passenger and auto transportation from Catawba (SR 53 N). Departing every half-hour during peak times. Offering auto transportation. No vehicle reservations accepted; first-come, first-serve basis. No same day, round-trip vehicles on Sun or holidays. Vehicles leaving Put-in-Bay must be in line by 4 pm daily, 3 pm on Sun and holidays. Crossing time: 18 minutes depending on weather conditions. Shuttle bus and taxi available from the Miller dock on South Bass Island to downtown Put-in-Bay for a fee. Golf cart/bicycle rentals nearby. Can accommodate RVs, trailers, boats, and tour buses for an additional fee. Free parking.
Schedule: Year-round service; weather permitting. Please call or check website for detailed schedule.
Round-trip rates: Adult: $14, Child (6-11 yrs): $3, Child (6 yrs and under): Free,  Automobile: $30 (rate does not include passengers): Bicycle: $4, Group rates available.

Pelee Island Transportation Company
Jackson Street Pier, 109 W. Shoreline Dr.,  Sandusky
Passport required to enter Canada. Offers auto and passenger transportation from Jackson Street Pier in downtown Sandusky to Pelee Island. Must arrange overnight accommodations as ferry does not return in same day. Advance reservations required. Crossing time: 2 hrs to Pelee Island and 4 hrs to mainland.
Schedule: Please check website for schedule. Schedule subject to change, please call ahead.
One-way rates: Adult: $13.75 to Pelee Island, $21.25 to mainland (Kingsville or Leamington, ON)
Senior (65 yrs and older): $11.25 to Pelee Island, $17.50 to mainland (Kingsville or Leamington, ON)
Child (6-12 yrs): $6.75 to Pelee Island, $10.50 to mainland (Kingsville or Leamington, ON)
Child (5 yrs and under): Free
Bicycle (excluding rider): $6.50 to Pelee Island, $10.25 to mainland (Kingsville or Leamington, ON)
Motorcycle (excluding rider): $14.50 to Pelee Island, $22.75 to mainland (Kingsville or Leamington, ON)
Standard Vehicle: $30 to Pelee Island, $46.50 to mainland (Kingsville or Leamington, ON). Call for oversized vehicle rates; know length and height of vehicle at time of calling.

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Lake Erie: Giving “Fishing Hole” a Whole New Meaning

Ice FishingJanuary’s low temperatures have driven a lot of people inside where it’s warm. Here in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands “inside” sometimes means a shanty on top of a thick layer of ice. That little hut contains a heater, a couple of stools, a hole in the ice, and the chance to catch a lot of walleye and perch! It’s been three years since ice fishing has been possible in our area and the charter captains, lodges, and restaurants that cater to this audience are rolling out the icy carpet! Whether you’re a pro or wanting to try it out for the first time, Lake Erie Shores & Islands has what you need for a memorable day on the ice. Here is a list of ice fishing resources:

Marblehead
Captain Brad Leyda
330.416.0830

Port Clinton
Char-Tom Charters
Chuck Crum
614.419.8265

Fishin’ Ful & Myrmidon Charters
419.734.9711 or 877.434.9711

Put-in-Bay
Buckeye Fishing Charters
Jeff & Melissa Jump
419.341.8011 or 419.341.8010
Facebook: buckeyefishingcharters

Captain Bud Gehring
419.261.0165

Hardwater Charters
419.285.3106

Put-in-Bay Lodging
Ahoy B&B – 419.285.2469
Bay Lodging Resort – 888.742.7829
Black Squirrel B&B – 419.285.7181
First Island Son B&B – 419.285.4448
Linda’s B&B – 419.285.3045

Bait Stores
Fisherman’s Wharf
83 Madison St., Port Clinton
419.734.9002

Herb’s Sportsman’s Supply
1713 N. E. Catawba Rd., Port Clinton
419.797.2455

Hi-Way Bait & Tackle
7006 E. Harbor Rd., Marblehead
419.734.3601

Rickards Bait & Tackle
17 N.E. Catawba Rd., Port Clinton
419.734.2496

Transportation to Put-in-Bay
Airplane from Erie Ottawa Regional Airport, Port Clinton:
Griffing Flying Service – 419.734.5400
Island Air – 419.573.2960

Air Boat from Catawba:
Hardwater Charters – 419.285.3106

Where can I enjoy fireworks during the Fourth of July in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands?

Fireworks display at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio.

Fireworks display at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio

July 3-4, 2015
4th of July Celebration
Cedar Point, Sandusky
419.627.2350
10:30 pm

July 3, 2015
Independence Day Celebration
Along the Riverbank, Downtown Oak Harbor
419.898.0479
A spectacular fireworks display at dusk.

July 4, 2015
Various locations, Port Clinton
Fireworks begin at dusk. Best viewing area is Waterworks Park.
419.707.9492

July 4, 2015
4th of July Fireworks
Lakeside Dock, Lakeside
866.952.5374
At approximately 9:45 pm or dusk, fireworks will offer a spectacular finale to the day (gate fees apply).

July 4, 2015
Fourth of July Fireworks!
Put-in-Bay
419.285.2832
Spectacular fireworks at dark (10 pm). Fireworks display over the downtown harbor; great views from Perry’s Monument and downtown.

July 4, 2015
Fireworks Cruise
Goodtime I, Sandusky
800.446.3140
Enjoy fireworks from the peaceful waters of Lake Erie. Call to make your reservation today.

July 4, 2015
Red, White & Blues Bang
Huron Boat Basin, Huron
10:30 pm

Get Wet! Ways to Enjoy the Water

When visiting Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands, you’ll likely want to get out on the lake in some fashion. Water recreation is an essential source of activity in the summer and the options are endless here.

Ride the waves on a Jet Ski or WaveRunner. Cool off with an exciting tubing adventure. Endure a peaceful yet exhilarating experience parasailing. Unwind with a relaxing kayak trip around the islands and enjoy the beauty of nature with a breathtaking Lake Erie sunset. Take a canoe trip on the Huron River or near the Lake Erie shoreline.

Not sure where to start? A number of local businesses can help with watercraft rentals or fun water activities.

Clemons Boats
8009 Barrett Rd.
Sandusky OH 44870
419.684.5365
Boat rentals are available for almost any use – fishing, skiing, tubing, or just boat riding and sightseeing on Sandusky Bay or Lake Erie. Also offering Yamaha WaveRunner rentals for use on Sandusky Bay. See website for pricing and important requirements. Advanced reservations are strongly recommended. Open May-Sept, daily 8:30 am-4:30 pm.

Endless Summer Island Charters
East Harbor State Park Marina, Dock C2
2188 N. Buck Rd.
Marblehead OH 43440
419.419.9867
Endless Summer Island Charters offers unique evening, daily and weekend “Island Experiences” aboard a twin-engine 30′ Pro-Line boat. Packages or separate rentals available for jet skis, tubing, island hopping, sightseeing, sunset dinner cruises, snorkel/dive historic shipwrecks and fishing. Dream it and make your “Island Experience” happen.

Erie Spirit Sailing Erie Spirit Sailing
at Lakevue Marina – 8549 Northshore Blvd., Marblehead
419.967.0520
Steer a 33 ft. sailboat under the guidance of Captain Jim or sit back and relax during a three hour cruise. Morning, afternoon, and romantic sunset sails available. Daily mid-May-Sept.

Kayak The Bay, LTD
next to Oak Point State Park – 760 Bayview Ave., Put-in-Bay
419.967.0796
As seen in Midwest Living Magazine’s “Best of the Midwest.” Rent a kayak and explore Put-in-Bay harbor and Lake Erie. See the limestone cliffs of Gibraltar Island and South Bass Island. Guided tours also available. Great for beginners, families and large groups. See the third tallest national monument, collect lots of beach glass, get adventurous and explore, or have lunch on neighboring islands. If you can ride a bike, you can kayak the bay. Daily Memorial Day-mid-Sept 10 am-dark.

Lakeside Chautauqua
130 Walnut Ave., Lakeside
419.798.4461 or 866.952.5374
Sunfish and kayak rentals are available to visitors and residents of Lakeside. Located directly in front of Hotel Lakeside in the Sailing Center.

North Coast Boat Tours
Lake Front Marina – 1805 W. Lakeshore Dr., Port Clinton
419.341.2683
Offering a unique and memorable experience that gives the freedom only a private boat charter can provide. Hourly, custom excursions that we can help you design.

North Coast Parasail & Water Sports
at Cedar Point Beach – 1 Cedar Point Dr., Sandusky
419.627.2279
Experience the thrills of WaveRunner riding and parasailing on the beach behind Cedar Point’s Hotel Breakers. Call for details about new boat charter service and fishing from their second location. A $12 parking fee is collected to enter the Cedar Point peninsula.

Sawmill Creek Water Rentals
at Mariner Village Marina – 608 Mariner Village, Huron
419.433.2376 or 800.729.6455
Rent a Jet Ski or kayak and enjoy the open waters of Lake Erie while viewing some of the most beautiful coastline, beaches, parks, and wildlife. Open Memorial Day-Labor Day, daily 9 am-6 pm.

Looking for more options? Call the Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Center for a complete list.

Whatever your pleasure, indulge in a memorable day of fun in the sun at Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands!

Top 11 Watercraft Rental Locations

1.) Beachfront Motel & Resort Rentals
252 W. Lakeshore Dr., Port Clinton
Jet Ski, Hobie Cat and Kayak rentals. Rental fees vary depending on Jet Ski type and number of people.
2.) Clemons Boats
8009 Barrett Rd., Sandusky
Three power boats are available for almost any use – fishing, skiing, tubing or just boat riding and sightseeing on Sandusky Bay or Lake Erie. 24′ Bently Pontoon boats (maximum 10-person capacity) are also available.

3.) Coupling MetroPark- Canoe Rental
11618 SR 13, Milan
Offers public access to the Huron River for personal canoes or canoes can be rented through the Erie MetroParks. There are three sets of three canoes (nine canoes total) that can be rented as three canoes for eight hours. This includes paddles and lifejackets. Reservations are required and recommended at least two weeks in advance.

4.) Freedom Boat Club
1560 N.W. Catawba Rd., Port Clinton
Become a member and rent from a selection of boats without the hassle and responsibilities of owning. Choose your boat, including fishing boats, deck boats, bow riders, pontoons and cruisers.

5.) Kayak The Bay, LTD
Bay View Ave., Put-in-Bay
Rent a kayak and explore Put-in-Bay harbor and Lake Erie. See the limestone cliffs of Gibraltar Island and South Bass Island. Guided tours also available.

6.) Kelleys Island Kayak Rental
N. end of Division St., Kelleys Island
Located in the Kelleys Island State Park on the beautiful and sandy public beach; a short golf cart ride away. On a hot day there is nothing like a cool refreshing ride to enjoy a superb view that can only be seen from the water.

7.) Lakeside Association
236 Walnut Ave., Lakeside
Sunfish sailboat rentals available daily. Must be at least 18 yrs of age with a valid driver’s license. Gate fee required Jun 19-Sept 6.

8.) North Coast Parasail & Water Sports
1 Cedar Point Dr., Sandusky
Parasailing, WaveRunner and charter boat rentals available off the Cedar Point Beach. Early bird discounts available. Park admission is not required at the Cedar Point location; however, a parking fee will be collected.

9.) Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rentals
1523 Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay
Wave Runners, Jet Skis, sightseeing and fishing boats, kayaks and powerboats for up to 8 riders.
10.) Sawmill Creek Water Rentals
400 Sawmill Creek Dr. (off US 6), Huron
Jet Ski and kayak rentals available. Rental deposit required. Please call for rates and reservations. Also enjoy Saturday night sunset cruises Memorial Day-Labor Day and fishing charters.

11.) West River Kayak & Canoe
655 W. River Rd. (at Captain’s Corner Marina), Vermilion
Offering single and tandem kayaks, canoes, bikes and all safety equipment and basic instructions.