Passenger & Vehicle Service to Put-in-Bay & Middle Bass Island, Ohio

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If you’re a journalist looking for story ideas, Lake Erie Island maritime history, what’s new on Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass, compelling photographs, or a visit to the islands, you’ve come to the right place.

For help Planning, reach out to ~
Katrina Reed, Public Relations and Marketing, 800-500-2421

Cheryll Rose, for Images, 800-500-2421 (ext. 229)

Jake Market, Operations Miller Boat Line
Ferry & Mary Ann Market construction contact, 800-500-2421

Caiti Market, Communications Miller Boat Line, 800-500-2421

Julene Market, Owner Miller Boat Line
Put-in-Bay, Ohio

Billy Market, Owner Miller Boat Line
Put-in-Bay, Ohio

What’s New

  • Miller Boat Line Adds New Vessel to Fleet: Passenger/Vehicle Ferry Mary Ann Market
    Miller Boat Line added a 140 foot long new passenger/vehicle ferry to their fleet. In September, 2022 at her home port of Put-in-Bay, Ohio she was Christened Mary Ann Market in honor of the late matriarch of the Market family. The all steel drive-on drive-off vessel can transport up to 600 passengers/26 vehicles. She is the fifth and largest ferry in the Miller fleet and operates between Put-in-Bay (South Bass Island) and the mainland dock at Catawba, Ohio. For details, contact Jake Market,
    New Miller Ferry 2019 design draft
  • Perry’s Victory Multimillion-dollar Infrastructure Projects 
    The National Park Service has begun projects at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial to help maintain park infrastructure, improve visitor services, address deferred maintenance, and provide resiliency for potential climate impacts.
    The first project is to repair and replace the north and south side concrete seawalls. The project will stabilize the waterfront to protect the cultural landscape and historic buildings from storms and flooding along the shoreline. It has been designed to make the smallest possible imprint on the historic and environmental landscapes, while enhancing visitor experience. Access to the memorial and visitor center will not be impacted by construction, which will take place through 2022.
    The second project will restore the structure that supports the upper plaza and will begin in 2023. This project will address critical structural degradation, make the restrooms and plaza spaces compliant with current accessibility standards, update building utility systems to meet current demands, and address condensation issues under the plaza and within the column. Historic materials will be reused to retain the character of the plaza. The surrounding parking and sidewalks will also be updated to improve visitor access to the memorial.
    Sea Wall restoration at Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial, Put-in-Bay Ohio Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial seawall repair at Put-in-Bay, Ohio, Lake Erie
  • Round House Bar 150th Anniversary
    Put-in-Bay’s oldest tavern, The Round House Bar, will celebrate its 150th Anniversary in 2023. The Round House is known for the neon “WHISKEY” light above the front door, live entertainment and buckets of beer. Learn more about their history here.
    Round House Bar PutinBay
  • Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center Expansion
    Remodeling and construction of a 900 square foot building addition to the Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center at Put-in-Bay was completed in 2021. It includes new displays including a wildlife viewing window, a geology display and live animal exhibits. The Turtle Ecosystem Pond was created by Coyote Peterson, Team Aquascape and Brave Wilderness in 2022. It features Midland Painted Turtles and Map Turtles. The Nature and Wildlife Center focuses on educating visitors about the nature, wildlife and conservation of the Lake Erie Islands. They feature Wild Tuesdays every summer with free, family friendly education programs weekly.
    Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center Expansion, Put-in-Bay Ohio
  • Floating Tiki Bar Experience
    Put-in-Bay’s newest bar with a twist. The Floating Tiki offers 90 minute day time and sunset cruises on Lake Erie. Cruises for couples or groups (up to 6 people) are available.
    Put-in-Bay Floating Tiki Bar Experience

Put-in-Bay & Middle Bass Island Events

Vintage Sports Car Racing: Put-in-Bay hosted sports car races that were conducted by the Cleveland Sport Car Club and the Sports Car Club of America from 1952 to 1959. Every year car enthusiasts gather at Put-in-Bay to race their favorite vintage sports cars in honor of these historic island street races. This unique event attracts racers and people from all around the world. Public viewing at the Put-in-Bay Road Race Reunion is free. Join us for this historic racing event, September, 2023.

Nature & Wildlife Celebration: Island Green Week is in August, 2023 on the Lake Erie Islands of Put-in-Bay, Middle Bass and Kelley’s. A celebration of Ecotourism, Adventure Travel, Agritourism and History. Events include Poker Kayak Day, Lonz Winery Tours, an Eco-Tour, Miller Ferry Stargazing Cruise and more.

Put-in-Bay Jeep Invasion: Jeep lovers gather July 14 – 15, 2023 for camping at South Bass Island State Park, a Jeep Car Show and social events. For more details visit the event Facebook page.

Put-in-Bay & Middle Bass Island Events

Story Ideas

Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial: At 352 feet high, Perry’s Memorial is the fourth tallest man made National Park Monument. The Memorial is dedicated to the pivotal September 10, 1813 Battle of Lake Erie fought between the United States and Great Britain, America wrested control of the American Midwest from Britain. Perry’s Memorial also stands sentry over the United States and Canada, the longest undefended border between any nations in the world.

NOAA ship will sonar map Lake Erie: What’s underneath Lake Erie? National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is sending one of its four deep-water hydrographic survey ships, the Thomas Jefferson, into the Great Lakes for several months this year to sonar-map the lakebed under heavily trafficked areas.

Eagle Nests in Ottawa County: Ottawa County has the highest number of Eagle nests in Ohio, with 90 recorded in 2021. West Harbor Landing on the NE side of the Catawba Island Causeway (Route 53N) is public and a great viewing spot, provided by the Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge.

Heineman’s Winery: The Heineman Winery, founded in 1888, is the oldest family owned winery in Ohio. During Prohibition, Heineman’s survived by selling unfermented grape juice, providing taxi cab service and tours of the winery’s caves. Today the fourth and fifth generations of Heinemans cultivate 50 acres of grapes on the Lake Erie Islands. They recently expanded grape growing on North Bass Island to continue the “vine to wine” experience.

Live Put-in-Bay Harbor Webcam: A live feed of the harbor of Put-in-Bay, Perry’s Memorial and sunrises over the bay. Sponsored by Shores & Islands Ohio, the live cam is mounted at Miller Marina, Put-in-Bay.

Island Authors: The Lake Erie Islands are full of creative people. Numerous island authors have graced book pages with their fiction and non-fiction island stories. Christie Ontko authored Reflections of an Island Girl. Sara Booker and Audrey Sheehan authored Quotes about Boats, Lakes, Seas and the Shore. Michael Gora authored A Photographic History of Middle Bass Island, Lake Erie Islands Sketches & Stories and more books focused on island history. Bob Adamov most recently authored Memory Layne, featuring a retired Miller Ferry Captain, along with 13 other novels.

The Cheers Trail: A trail of wineries and breweries located within the Shores & Islands Ohio region. Pick up a trail map at any of the participating locations, present it when you visit, make a qualifying purchase and receive a sticker. Don’t forget to visit The Put-in-Bay Brewery & Distillery, Heineman’s Winery & Crystal Cave & the Put-in-Bay Winery, which are all located on Put-in-Bay. After visiting 5 locations, you will receive a gift. After visiting all 18 locations, you will be entered into a drawing for a Shore & Islands Ohio getaway. Cheers!

Birding: The Lake Erie Islands are centered along a major North American migratory path, making for excellent spring and fall birding. Many bird species have been identified on South Bass Island. For information on events, bird banding and tours contact Lake Erie Islands Conservancy.

Freshwater Studies: In the harbor of Put-in-Bay stands sentry the six acre Gibraltar Island, home of Stone Lab. Operated by The Ohio State University, this lab is the nation’s oldest freshwater biological field station and each year welcomes hundreds of students and educators for credited biology courses. During summer, the public is invited to tour.

Nature & Wildlife Programs: The Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center works with The Ohio State’s Stone Lab and the Lake Erie Islands Conservancy to bring Wild Tuesdays to Put-in-Bay. This is a family-friendly event with hands-on experience with nature and wildlife. It takes place at the Nature & Wildlife Center on Meechen Road on Tuesdays during the summer months.

Nature & Wildlife Preserves: The Lake Erie Islands Conservancy was created in 2000 with the goal to protect and conserve natural areas for residents and visitors to enjoy. Partnering with Put-in-Bay Township Park District, 55 acres on South Bass Island and 61 acres on Middle Bass Island are now protected for the future. These include the gravel beaches and reefs of the Scheeff East Point Preserve, spring wildflowers at the Jane Coates Wildflower Trail, rocky cliffs at the Massie Cliffside Preserve, hiking trails of Cooper’s Woods Preserve, a Story Book Trail in Dodge Woods Preserve and the wet woodlands of the Middle Bass Forested Wetland preserve.

The Benson Ford Ship Home: Featured on Home & Garden TV’s Extreme Homes, Travel Channel, The British Daily Mirror, MTV Extreme Cribs, the Ship Home stands out as one of the most unusual dwellings in the Midwest. Fashioned from the bow of a former Great Lakes freighter, the home-to-be was barged to the island. Perched on the western shoreline of Put-in-Bay, South Bass Island, the ship home is easily viewed from aboard the Miller Ferry to Middle Bass Island or from a private vessel. For more info visit

Other Ideas: Explore ruins of the historic Hotel Victory in the South Bass Island State Park, Put-in-Bay Yacht Club home of the annual Inter-Lake Yachting Association sailing races, classes for kids including: art, bible camp, eco-camps, Wild Tuesdays, swimming and sailing classes and more. There are over 1,700 shipwrecks in Lake Erie with over 60 being around Ohio’s Lake Erie Islands.

Personalized Media Visits: We’ll help arrange your island visit to Put-in-Bay, Middle Bass Island or Gibraltar Island. Contact Katrina Reed (Communications and Public Relations), or Caitlin Market. We can arrange transport, contacts and suggest venues. Ideas include History, Breweries and Wine, Recreation and Outdoors, Caves, Family Fun, Perry’s Monument, Entertainers, Church Tours, Food, Nature and Eco Tours, Arts and Music, Kayaking, Put-in-Bay School, Winter Island Life and more.

For all press inquiries or personalized media visits, please contact
Katrina Reed Miller Boat LineKatrina M. Reed
Miller Boat Line
P.O. Box 239
Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456

Julene Market
Miller Boat Line
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Miller Boat Line and Islands – Quick Facts

  • Of Ohio’s 262 miles of Lake Erie Shoreline, 43.2 miles are island shoreline. (Source; “Resources of the Lake Erie island Region. Cooper/Herdendorf)
  • Miller Boat Line is the only scheduled means of transporting freight, cars and commercial vehicles to the islands of Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass. It’s the only scheduled ferry service to Middle Bass Island. We also provide freight charters to North Bass Island and Rattlesnake Island.
  • Since its beginning, Miller Boat Line has been family owned. Started in 1905 as a fishing charter, water taxi and ice harvesting business, the company has grown to become the largest ferry service on Lake Erie.
  • William (Bill) and Mary Ann Market bought the boat line from Mary Miller in 1978. As a tribute to the founders and the company’s long standing reputation in the ferry service, the name “Miller” remains today.
  • Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass Island, Ohio are located halfway between Cleveland and Toledo in the western basin of Lake Erie.
  • Miller Boat Line employs 100 people during peak season. Several employees have been working for the company for more than thirty years.
  • Put-in-Bay is three and a half miles long, about a mile and a half wide.
  • Year round Put-in-Bay population is about 450 and Middle Bass is 45.
  • The name “Put-in-Bay” is probably derived from our secure harbor, a place where a ship can “put into the bay” for refuge from temperamental Lake Erie storms. Also, a 1700’s map created by the British, names the harbor “Pudding Bay” perhaps because it is shaped like a pudding bag, commonly used in the ship’s galley (kitchen).
  • Approximately 750,000 people visit the islands of Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass Island, Ohio each year.
  • Put-in-Bay School on Catawba Avenue is home to 76 students (2022-2023) with 20 staff members. Three students from Middle Bass Island commute via motorboat or plane daily to Put-in-Bay for classes. The Senior class consists of 6 students that will graduate in 2023.

For all press inquiries or personalized media visits, please contact
Katrina M. Reed
Miller Boat Line
P.O. Box 239
Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456
Telephone: 440-823-1230

Julene Market
Miller Boat Line
If you would like to be added to our media list, please email your contact information to

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