South Bass Island is a tiny little 3.7 mile by 1.5 mile island which sits 3 miles off the coast of mainland Ohio and is surrounded by Lake Erie. I love islands and have lived on several in my life, and am particularly fond of those not connected by road. They are neat little pockets of culture and I always enjoy visiting them. Accessible by boat or air, South Bass Island is often called Put-In Bay, and has been referred to as the “Key West of Lake Erie”. While that may be a bit of a stretch, it is a really neat place with some great bars and restaurants and some interesting history. I enjoyed visiting the fascinating Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, which commemorates the naval battle for Lake Erie during the War of 1812. While I was there in the off-season and on a chilly and rainy Monday, I still had a really great time on the island and wanted to share these photos from my trip. While not as off-the-beaten-path as the trip you may remember I took to Daufuskie Island in South Carolina (read that story HERE), Put-In Bay is a really cool place and definitely one you should visit if you are in the area.

Departing the Mainland

Arriving on South Bass Island

Perry’s Victory Memorial

Hundreds of Monarch Butterflies

Rain Made a Lake

Fishing From The Seawall

The Keys

Island Bric-a-Brac

The Boardwalk

Perry’s Victory Memorial

Water Taxi

Put-In-Bay Winery

A Gloomy Monday

The Crew’s Nest

The Heart of Town

Put-In Bay Brewery

Hooligans Irish Bar

Frosty Bar

Mile Marker

The Park Hotel

The Roundhouse