What is open on Kelleys Island during the fall season?

Restaurants
Bag the Moon Saloon (open through October 26th; weekends only)  Kelleys Island, Ohio
Caddy Shack Square (open until October 31st; closed Monday and Tuesday)
Captain’s Quarters (open until October 31st)
Kelleys Island Brewery (October 26th; call for hours)
Kelleys Island Wine Co. (open year-round)
Dockers Waterfront Restaurant & Bar (open through October; closed Monday and Tuesday)
The Village Pump (open through December 20th)

Shopping
Caddy Shack Square (open until October 31st; closed Monday and Tuesday)
Island Market and Fudge Shop (open year-round)
Kelleys Island General Store (open through December)
Sweet Valley Trading Post (open through October 26th)
The Village Peddler (open through December)
The Village T’s (open through November)
Unc’l Dik’s (open through December)

Things to Do
Caddy Shack Square (open until October 31st; closed Monday and Tuesday)
The Little Healing Room (open until mid-October)
Charles Henderson Galleries & Sculpture Garden (open through December)
Captain Park’s Lake Erie Fishing Charters (open through October)
Nachofish Charter & Guide Service (open through October)
Inscription Rock (open year-round during daylight hours)
Glacial Grooves (open year-round during daylight hours)

For lodging or transportation information, visit SHORESandISLANDS.com or contact one of our welcome centers at 800.255.3743 or 800.441.1271.

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.

Where Can I Enjoy the Beach at Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands?

Catawba Nickel Plate Beach in Huron
Catawba Island State Park
4049 Moore’s Dock Rd.
419.734.4424
Stone beach, picnic shelter, picnic tables, grills, fishing pier, boat ramp. Pets permitted.

Huron
Lakefront Park
Park St.
419.433.8487
Sandy beach, restrooms, gazebo, picnic tables, grills, drinking fountain. Leashed pets permitted after 6 pm only.

Nickel Plate Beach
Nickel Plate Dr. (off US 6E.)
419.433.8487
Parking fee, sandy beach, picnic shelter, grills, playground, beach volleyball. Leashed pets permitted after 6 pm only.

Kelleys Island
Kelleys Island State Park
920 N. Division St.
419.746.2546  ohiodnr.com/parks
Sandy beach, playground, hiking trail, campground, shelter, fishing, launch ramp. Pets allowed in permitted areas. Must take a boat to get to the island.

Lakeside
Central Park Beach
236 Walnut Ave.
419.798.4461
Playground, splash pad, sandy beach. Gate fee required Memorial Day-Labor Day.

Marblehead
East Harbor State Park
1169 N. Buck Rd. (SR 269 N)
419.734.4424 ext. 2
Sandy beach, lifeguard, concession bath house, grills, restrooms, picnic tables, walking trails, bike path, fishing, camping nearby. Pets allowed in C and D areas only.

Port Clinton
Camp Perry
1000 Lawrence Rd.
888.889.7010
Available for public use; I.D. required. No pets permitted. Sand beach and fishing pier.

Port Clinton City Beach
E. Perry St. (SR 163 W)
Sandy beach, playground, picnic tables, basketball court, charcoal grills, restrooms. Pets permitted on leash.

Put-in-Bay/South Bass Island
South Bass Island State Park
1169 Catawba Ave.
419.734.4424
Stone beach, playground, campground, shelter, fishing, launch ramp. Pets permitted. Must take a boat to get to the island.

Sandusky
Cedar Point Beach
419.627.2350
Must pay admission to Cedar Point or Soak City, or be a guest at Hotel Breakers, Sandcastle Suites, Lighthouse Point Resort, or the Cedar Point Marina. Parking fee. Sandy beach, beach volleyball, lounge chairs, Jet Ski rentals, and restaurants nearby. Pets not permitted.

Vermilion
Main Street Beach
Main St. (off US 6)
440.204.2490
Sandy beach, observation deck, and benches. Near shops and restaurants. Concession stand. No pets allowed.

Sherod  Park Main Street Beach in Vermilion
US 6 & Coen Rd.
440.204.2490
Natural area, sandy beach, ball diamonds, picnic shelters, playgrounds, soccer field. No pets allowed.

For more information or to receive a copy of the Official Travel Planner to Cedar Point and the Lake Erie islands area, call 800.255.3743, 800.441.1271, or visit us online at SHORESandISLANDS.com.

Top 8 Wineries to Visit at Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands

The tempering effect of Lake Erie provides ideal soil conditions for quality grape-growing. There are a number of wineries throughout Ohio and we’ve compiled a list of the top eight wineries in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands:

Firelands Winery
917 Bardshar Rd., Sandusky
419.625.5474, 800.548.9463
Wine has been made on this site since 1880. Stop by for a tour and a tasting of award-winning, estate bottled wines and browse through the gift shop.

Heineman Winery
978 Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay
419.285.2811
Take a ferry boat to get to this island winery on Lake Erie. Founded in 1888, Heineman Winery is the oldest family owned winery in Ohio.

Hermes Vineyards & Winery
6413 S. Hayes Ave. (SR 4), Sandusky
419.626.8500
Hermes Vineyards estate bottled wines are produced from one of the largest viniferous vineyards in Ohio. Premium wines are served by the glass or bottle and a light menu is available. Open daily, year-round.

Kelley’s Island Wine Company
418 Woodford Rd., Kelleys Island
419.746.2678
This is one of the island’s most popular destinations. Wine tasting bar, gourmet bistro, full dinner menu available, deli, horseshoes, volleyball, children’s play area and gift shop.

Mon Ami Historic Winery & Restaurant
3845 E. Wine Cellar Rd., Port Clinton
800.777.4266
This is one of the oldest wineries in the Lake Erie islands region. Daily tours and wine tasting, live entertainment, banquet facilities, full service restaurant and gift shop.

Paper Moon Vineyards
2008 SR 60, Vermilion
440.967.2500
Just off SR 2 in the historic harbor town of Vermilion, Paper Moon Vineyards serves a selection of regional and viniferous wines. The tasting room offers a view of the vineyard, pond, woods and an occasional bald eagle. Call or check website for hours.

Put-in-Bay Winery
392 Bay View Ave., Put in Bay
419.285.3343
Sample regional island wines while relaxing in the wine garden or enjoying wonderful harbor views. A winery exhibit follows the grape seed from the ground to the bottle.

Quarry Hill Winery & Orchard
8403 Mason Rd., Berlin Heights
419.706.8005
Visit this winery and neighboring orchard market. Wines are an eclectic variety of grape and fruit specialties, made and grown on site. Outdoor seating is available.

Kelleys Island: The Largest American Freshwater Island on Lake Erie

The largest American freshwater island on Lake Erie, Kelleys Island is an outdoorsman’s dream, with 600 acres of Ohio State Park land, 17 miles of beautiful coastline, miles and miles of nature and hiking trails, a fossil-filled quarry, wetlands and wildflowers.  Located in the western basin of Lake Erie, the island’s scenery can be discovered by foot, bike, golf cart or kayak.  Abundant waterfowl can be seen, making this a popular spot for birding enthusiasts, and each year in September, thousands of monarch butterflies visit the island to feast on milkweed before they head south to Mexico.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the island is home to historic homes and buildings, as well as the world-famous Glacial Grooves National Natural Landmark and Inscription Rock, where you’ll see centuries-old petroglyphs. Kelleys Island offers an array of activities and attractions for travelers of all ages and interests, from fantastic nature exploration opportunities and historic sites to fun shops, restaurants and more. Families will enjoy the sandy beach, a stone pier for fishing and a boat launch.  Scuba enthusiasts like the island for the unique opportunity to dive documented shipwreck sites.

Stop by the local winery, explore island boutiques and gift shops or grab a treat at island eateries.  Kelleys Island is sure to deliver a real taste of island life.

Transportation to the island is provided by the Kelleys Island Ferry Boat Line – Marblehead (passenger and vehicle service), Goodtime I – Sandusky (offering a Daytime Island-Hopping Cruise and Party Cruise), Jet Express – Sandusky (a Catamaran-style, passenger only ferry), and Griffing Flying Service – Sandusky/Port Clinton.

For more information on Kelleys Island, contact the Kelleys Island Chamber of Commerce at 419.746.2360 or visit their website at kelleysislandchamber.com.

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.

Shores & Islands Unique Seafood Dining Options

Seafood restaurants in the Shores & Islands range from upscale to small family owned restaurants. Whether you’re in the mood for blackened grouper, garlic grilled scallops or crab stuffed shrimp, the Shores & Islands is sure to cook up an assortment of dishes to satisfy your seafood craving.

Catawba

Mon Ami Restaurant & Historic Winery
3843 E. Wine Cellar Rd.
419.797.4445

Huron

Salmon Run
at Sawmill Creek
400 Sawmill Creek Dr.
419.433.3800

Kelleys Island

Island House Restaurant
131 Division St.
419.746.2236

Put-in-Bay

Axel & Harry’s Waterfront Grill
227 Bay View Ave.
419.285.2572

The Boardwalk Upper Deck Bar & Grill
Bay View Ave.
419.285.3695

Sandusky

Bay Harbor
1 Cedar Point Dr.
419.625.6373

Red Gables Mesquite Grill
2350 Cleveland Rd.
419.626.3354

Vermilion

Chez Francois
555 Main St.
440.967.0630