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Lodging & Culture Center of South Bass Island

Getting Here

Put in Bay, Ohio, is located on the crown jewel of the Lake Erie Islands, South Bass Island. More than half a million people visit the island - nicknamed the Key West of the North - every year. Getting to Put in Bay island is half the fun! The island is on Lake Erie, approximately 5 miles from Catawba Island and Port Clinton, Ohio. The Lake Erie Island area is a beautiful section of the Lake Erie basin. Fishing, sailing, and island-hopping are frequent and regular seasonal activities in the summer, while ice fishing is the top selection for winter time. Below is a regional map of the Put-in-Bay area to help you plan your trip. The main ferry routes are marked. Driving Directions to Put-in-Bay are included below.

Put-in-Bay Regional Map
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Once you are on the island, you will need to know where you are going! Below is a map showing the most popular Put-in-Bay lodging choices available. The map is broken down by Resort Hotels and Island Rental Homes. The landing spots for the island ferries are also shown. Depending on where you are going, you may wish to Rent a Golf Cart to get you to and fro. Golf Carts and Mopeds are the most popular forms of island transportation. Taxi service is also available from Island Club Taxis (419-285-5466).

Put-in-Bay Island Map
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Cleveland, OH:

Ohio Route 2 West to then exit 163 North Port Clinton for the Jet Express or Ohio Route 53 North for the Miller Boat Line. 50 miles


Cincinnati/Dayton, OH:

Take I-75 North to Ohio Route 6. (Bowling Green Exit) Go East to Ohio Route 53 North in Fremont Ohio. North on Ohio Route 53 to Ohio Route 2 East, then exit 163 North Port Clinton for the Jet Express or Ohio Route 53 North for the Miller Boat Line. 215 miles


Detroit, MI:

Take I-75 South to Toledo & take the I-280 split South to The Oregon exit which is Ohio Route 2 exit. Exit on Ohio Route 2 and go East. Exit 163 North Port Clinton for the Jet Express or Ohio Route 53 North for the Miller Boat Line. 90 Miles


Indianapolis, IN:

Take I-69 North to the Indiana/Ohio Turnpike east thru Indiana and into Ohio. Exit on Ohio Route 53 in Fremont, Ohio and go North on Ohio Route 53 to Ohio Route 2 East, then exit 163 North Port Clinton for the Jet Express or Ohio Route 53 North for the Miller Boat Line. 275 Miles


Chicago, IL:

Take the Indiana/Ohio Turnpike east thru Indiana and into Ohio. Exit on Ohio Route 53 in Fremont, Ohio and go North on Ohio Route 53 to Ohio Route 2 East, then exit 163 North Port Clinton for the Jet Express or Ohio Route 53 North for the Miller Boat Line. 280 Miles


Pittsburgh, PA:

Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike West into Ohio and take the Ohio Route 250 North exit. North on Ohio Route 250 to Ohio Route 2 West, then exit 163 North Port Clinton for the Jet Express or Ohio Route 53 North for the Miller Boat Line. 210 Miles

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Put-in-Bay Ohio is THE place for a great local staycation. We have island visitors ceom from Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and New York on a regular basis. But when it comes to family reunions or bachelor(ette) parties, Put-in-Bay sees guests come from almost every state in the Union, and Canada as well. The summer events cater to a broad range of interests so there is sure to be a Put-in-Bay Summer Event for you and yoru friends.

Put-in-bay, Nicknamed the "Key West of the North" offers an exciting nightlife with live musical entertainment to satisfy all generations. Strolling Barbershop singers, bagpipers, steel drums and Ohio's best entertainers are frequently seen on Put-in-Bay island. Do you like history? Visit Put-in-Bay for Historical Weekend and the War of 1812 reenactments. Do you like to party? Come for one of the biggest Christmas in July parties in the USA. Do you want to relax with the kids? Spend a nice long midweek at one of our family-friendly Vacation Rental Homes or brand new Put-in-Bay Waterfront Condos. LIKE and FOLLOW us on Facebook to stay tuned on current events, specials, and great island news!