Recreational Activities

Dodge Woods

The 3.5913-acre property is located at the intersection of Langram and Thompson Roads on South Bass Island, Ottawa County, Ohio. It was purchased by the Put-in-Bay Township Park District with Clean Ohio Conservation Fund Grants with the match funds coming from the Lake Erie Islands Conservancy, the John Ladd family, and a bargain sale from owner John Dodge.

This wooded area is mostly young forest, having been a vineyard at one time. There is a mix of black walnut, common hackberry, black cherry, Kentucky coffeetree, wild grape, mulberry and eastern red cedar with some planted conifers and fruit trees on the edges as well as herbaceous plants and sedges.

Spring wildflowers such as Virginia waterleaf, bloodroot, wild leeks, false Solomon’s Seal, and buttercups are found in the trail area. Enchanters nightshade as well as the tall bellflower are followed by Short’s aster and goldenrod in the fall.

The variety of habitats make it a nice stop for birding in the spring migration season. The Eastern Fox Snake (Elaphe vulpine gloydi, state species of concern) and the melanistic form of the Eastern Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis, state species of concern) have also been recorded in the immediate vicinity.

The property will be open to public access daily from dawn to dusk. A loop walking path with a small parking area on Thompson Road have been installed. A bicycle rack, bench, brochure rack and donation box will be installed at the trailhead. The property is adjacent to the bicycle path on the island and will be a very visible addition to the areas for visitors to stop. Hiking, nature photography, bird watching and scientific study are allowed. No motorized vehicles or camping are permitted.

Thanks to Richard Gump, Nicky Fresch, and Matt Luecke for installing and mulching the trail and to Ken Farber for the layout.

lakeerieislandsconservancy.org
Map Location 107

Jane Coates Wildflower Trail & Ladd Carr Woods

Located on Put-in-Bay Road, about 1/4 mile north of Maple Leaf Cemetery, Jane Coates Wildflower Trail is a nature trail protected by the Lake Erie Islands Conservancy and now owned by the Put-in-Bay Township Park District. The surrounding woodlands of blue ash, hackberry, and chinquapin oak shelter spring wildflowers such as the wild hyacinths pictured as well as Dutchman’s Breeches, appendaged waterleaf, wild phlox, and Jack-in-the Pulpit. It can be a great place in spring and fall for migratory songbirds and warblers. A bench on the back portion of the trail is a great place to sit and birdwatch. The 1/2 mile trail is named for Put-in-Bay artist Jane Coates who was a jeweler, painter and conservationist. Many covet Jane’s free form sterling silver cast jewelry and her other works of art. Another Jane Coates legacy is the custom painted panels on Kimberly’s Carousel depicting historic Put-in-Bay images, including the Hotel Victory, the Steamer Put-in-BayFord Tri-Motor “Tin Goose”, Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial, and the Colonial Building.

Jane Coates Wildflower Trail
Put-in-Bay Road
http://lakeerieislandsconservancy.org
Map Location 4

Put-in-Bay Jet Ski Rental

Jet skiing in Put-in-Bay is a wonderful way to enjoy the sights and see our little corner of beautiful Lake Erie. Call for Special “Early Bird” Discounts on Rates and Tours! You will find that there are two ways in which you can rent a jet ski in Put in Bay. The first way is to rent the equipment yourself and enjoy your own excursions. The cost will be somewhere between $55.00 and $60.00 per 30 minutes. The second option is to bring your own. We think Option 1 is more practical, especially if you only want to have fun on the water for a couple hours or less.

Put-in-Bay Jet Ski Rental
Toledo Ave, next to Bayshore Resort
http://www.putinbayjetski.com/
419-285-SKIS (7547)

Lake Erie Islands Water Trails

Paddling is quickly becoming one of the more popular outdoor pursuits and is an exciting recreational opportunity that provides a new perspective and a deeper appreciation for these unique islands. The heritage and beauty of the islands’ natural resources can be explored through the use of the Lake Erie Islands Water Trails (LEIWT), five separate paddling trails around each island (North Bass, Middle Bass, South Bass and Kelleys) and along the near-shore mainland (Catawba and Marblehead). The rich natural, historical and cultural diversity of the coastlines and islands in Lake Erie are experienced through access points identified on maps and on land by a welcoming sign with the logo of the LEIWT. These designated access points are located on public property, so please respect private property along the rest of the water trail.

Lake Erie Water Trails
419-366-2087
www.lakeerieislandsconservancy.org

Massie Cliffside Preserve

This eleven-acre shoreline parcel on the East Point of South Bass Island includes cliff habitat and a great dock for fishing. It was purchased with Clean Ohio Conservation Funds, Coastal Estuarine Land Conservation Program, private donations, and land owner donations in 2015. Four acres of adjacent woodland were added to the property with a purchase from Len and Connie Knam in March of 2016. Dedicated August of 2016, it has a trail system to link visitors from the State Route 357 parking lot all the way to the lake for bird-watching, walking, photography, and nature study.

Massie Cliffside Preserve
Put-in-Bay Township Park District
Columbus Ave, Rt 357
Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Lakeerieislandsconservancy.org

Put-in-Bay Charter Fishing Service

Captain Bruce Ruthsatz has been a Lake Erie charter fishing guide for more than 27 years. He is experienced in the seasonal migration of Lake Erie game fish and specializes in walleye, perch and smallmouth bass. Captain Bruce offers three different charter packages, including a Standard Package, Half-Day Package and Executive Package. Captaining a 28-foot Marionette, Captain Bruce is licensed by the State of Ohio and the United States Coast Guard and fully insured.

Put-in-Bay Charter Fishing Service
Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
419-341-2805
putinbaycharterfishingservice.com

Put-in-Bay Parasail

Captain Jason Hall gives adventurers a unique “bird’s eye view” of Put-in-Bay’s boat filled downtown harbor and the surrounding islands. Strapped into a parachute harness and hanger, you’ll gradually be lifted from the back of the boat into the sky as the wench feeds out the cable connecting you to the vessel. Put-in-Bay Parasail departs the Boardwalk’s downtown dock. Ask about group rates. Call ahead for reservations and for current prices. Both single and double parasailing is available.

Put-in-Bay Parasail
Bay View Avenue
Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
419-285-3703
putinbayparasail.com
Map Location 12

Put-in-Bay Watercraft

JET SKIS, BOATS, KAYAKS AND PADDLEBOARDS

Rent yours this summer by the half hour and hour at South Bass Island State Park. Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rentals is open daily, 11 am to 6 p,m., weather permitting. Ask about group rates.

Put-in-Bay Watercraft
Catawba Avenue
Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
419-285-7544
pibjetski.com
Map Location 13

PIB Watersports

PiB Watersports is a fun-filled afternoon for the whole family or just a great time with friends. We offer island adventures that can suit anyone. Try a relaxing scenic boat tour that has views few visitors get to see or maybe some island hopping to explore other islands. For the thrill-seekers, try some exciting watersports action. Hang on tight and get towed around the lake on one of our large 3 person tubes! It’s an easy, yet exhilarating ride for all ages! If you’re looking for full control over your watersport experience and want to cut and carve across the wake, give the kneeboard a try! We also offer wakeboarding for those that know how or would like some lessons to learn. USCG regulates us to 6 passengers, but there is plenty room with lots of storage for bags, towels, coolers, and more! Since our boat is operated by a USCG Licensed Boat Captain, you can enjoy everything about being on the water without a care in the world! Call today to find out more! Hourly and afternoon rates available.

Put-in-Bay Watersports
366 Bayview Ave.
Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
419-573-2960
pibwatersports.com
Map Location 38

Saunders Golf Course

Saunders Golf Course is a challenging 9-hole executive course located across from South Bass Island State Park. Saunders is the site of the annual 5-Iron Golf Classic sponsored by E-Z-GO Golf Cart and benefitting the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau. A fun par-3 course. The course rents golf clubs. Greens fees are $10. Ironically you won’t find any of the island’s 700 golf carts here; they are not allowed on the course. Golf course shop sells beer, water, soft drinks, snacks and a limited line of golfing supplies. Season passes available.

Saunders Golf Course
Catawba Avenue
Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
419-285-3917
Map Location 15

Scheeff East Point Preserve

Scheeff East Point Nature Preserve is 9-acre parcel of water front property protected by the newly formed Put-in-Bay Township Park District. The preserve is located at the very end of East Point, about two miles from downtown Put-in-Bay. The preserve offers visitors a walking path, great bird watching opportunities, and shoreline access for fishing The property is open from dawn to dusk daily.

Scheeff East Point Preserve
East Point Road
Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
http://lakeerieislandsconservancy.org
Map Location 16

Rock Climbing Wall

Try your skill at climbing a rock wall at the Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center. Four different skill levels are all on the same wall. The Rock Crew is trained to get climbers securely in the required safety harness. The safety equipment is provided. The 25-foot rock wall is open, weather permitting, any time the Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center is open. Climb the wall for only $8.00.

Rock Climbing Wall
Catawba Avenue
Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
419-285-2405
perryscave.com
Map Location 2

War 18 Holes of Golf

The War of 18 Holes is an 18 hole championship putt-putt course with a War of 1812 theme. This challenging course is sure to be a hit with the entire family. Learn interesting facts about the War of 1812 and Oliver Hazard Perry’s pivotal role in American History in the “Battle of Lake Erie” while playing under a canopy of shade trees. Kids will enjoy exploring the covered bridge and learning the secret of the “water shot”. Play a long shot through the waterfall cave. Open until late. Adult admission is $8.00, kids 6 to 12 is $4.50 and under six play free.

War 18 Holes of Golf
Catawba Avenue
Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
419-285-2405
perryscave.com
Map Location 2

Wharfside

Wharfside sells bait, tackle and Ohio Fishing Licenses. Located on Bay View Avenue, across from Mossbacks Restaurant. The shop also sells food items and a large inventory of boat supplies, including coolers, life jackets, boat bumpers and marine and boat parts. Wharfside also carries Island souvenirs and gift items, and rents golf carts.

Wharf side
Bay View Avenue
Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
419-285-4511
Map Location 38

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