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South Bass Island, Put in Bay

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South Bass Island is a small island in western Lake Erie, and a part of Ottawa County, Ohio, United States. It is the southernmost of the three Bass Islands and located 3 miles (4.6 km) from the south shore of Lake Erie. It is the third largest island in the Lake Erie Islands, and is part of Put-in-Bay Township. In the bay of South Bass is Gibraltar Island, home to the Ohio State University's Stone Laboratory.

The island is a popular recreation spot and is often referred to as the "Key West of Lake Erie." The village of Put-in-Bay is a popular tourist destination during the summer. It is served by ferry from nearby Port Clinton and Sandusky, both on the mainland. The island is the annual host of the Inter-Lake Yachting Association regatta, known as Bay Week.

Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial, including Perry's Monument, commemorates the Battle of Lake Erie, which the United States won during the War of 1812. It is located on South Bass Island, near Put-In-Bay.

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  • Our recent trip (my first) to Small Bass Island, home of Put-In-Bay exceeded my expectations for enjoyment! There were plenty of golf carts and bicycles to rent (we elected to leave our car on the...  more »
  • We try to make it to Put-in-Bay every summer! Take Miller's Ferry from Catawba Point, rent a golf cart and spend the day visiting the many shops and eateries in the island. Stop to have a drink at...  more »
  • Beautiful day or weekend vacation spot in the Lake Erie Isles! South Bass aka Put-in-Bay has so many fun things to do and see: Oliver Hazard Perry's memorial, wineries, restaurants, caves, etc! It's also a great place to bike around and enjoy the natural environment.
  • If you like to party this is the place... Lots to do up there. You have to go up there for Halloween it's the best place and a lot of bars but there is this one its called the round house and the bar moves. It's just a fun place for people and the boat ride over to island is very nice. Just a heads up stop drinking for the ride home on boat , just a heads up....😱😱. But if your going up to stay at Halloween make plans way before like months ahead to get a room. A great place and the people up there are so friendly and kind that it makes want stay.... Just that feeling.

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