island in the United States of America

Middle Bass Island is part of the Lake Erie Islands system. It is located in the center of Lake Erie, a couple of miles north of South Bass Island.

Get in

Map of Middle Bass Island

By boat


Ferries from the mainland originate from Catawba Island and arrive at 1 Middle Bass Dock. During the summer, ferries operate several times per day. There are also some scheduled trips during the spring and fall, as weather allows.

Middle Bass may be reached by pleasure boats, but it lacks the fine natural harbor found at South Bass. A new marina with more than 300 slips is planned to open soon, and 50 slips are available at the State Park.

A small ferry, the Sonny-S, takes passengers to/from nearby Put-in-Bay, a town on a nearby island with a grocery store and a few other services.

By plane

  • 2 Middle Bass Island Airport. A small (2085 x 67 ft.) General aviation airport. No regular scheduled passenger flights, but some companies may let you charter flights to here.    

Get around


Given the small size of the island, Golf carts are popular as transportation. Cars are permitted on island roads, though speed limits are low. Bikes are a common means of transportation and the island can easily be walked as well.

Lonz Winery
The Marina
  • 1 Lonz Winery (near the ferry dock), +1 419 285 0311. F Sa 8AM-8PM, Su-Th 8AM-4:30PM. The former winery is a castle-like structure which is now part of the State Park.
  • 2 East Point Nature Preserve. Shore-front nature preserve. Accessible by kayak. There is a walking trail.

There are few scheduled activities on the small island.

  • Aunt Erma's. Clothes and toys for the young. Also sells accessories
  • 1 Middle Bass General Store.
  • 1 J.F. Walleyes (near the ferry dock). Sa noon-midnight, Su 8AM-midnight, M 8PM-9PM, closed Tu W, F noon-9PM. Salads, sandwiches, burgers, and flatbreads.
  • 2 Uncle Joe's Pizza (across from the post office), +1 419 285-2608.



Middle Bass Island is much less "touristy" than South Bass/Put-in-Bay, and has far fewer drinking establishments.

  • 1 St. Hazard's Resort, 1233 Fox Rd, +1 419 285-6121. Offers a well-stocked tiki bar and microbrewery. Serves burgers, steak-and-cheese, fish sandwiches, pizza, and appetizers. Entertainment on weekends.




  • 1 Middle Bass Island State Park Campground, 1719 Fox Rd. Offers 21 camping sites that are available by reservation only. Camp sites are available from May to October, depending on weather conditions. Each camping sites has a fire ring and a picnic table. Showers are available in the harbormaster building. Toilets, electricity, and potable water are not available on-site. It is also possible to dock a boat overnight here.


  • 2 St. Hazard's Resort, 1233 Fox Rd (on the east side of the island), +1 419 285-6121. Rents villas for up to six people and chalets for up to five people. For simpler accomodations, there are cabins with a shared separate bath house. Camping areas are also available. There is an outdoor pool and wifi.



Go next


A small ferry (Sonny S [dead link]) travels to Put-in-Bay/South Bass Island. This ferry only runs until 7PM on weekdays and Midnight on weekends.

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