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
katrina@millerferry.com, 440-823-1230

Cheryll Rose, for Images
crose@millerferry.com, 800-500-2421 (ext. 229)

Jake Market, Operations Miller Boat Line
Ferry & Mary Ann Market construction contact
jake@millerferry.com, 800-500-2421

Caiti Market, Communications Miller Boat Line
cmarket21@gmail.com, 800-500-2421

Julene Market, Owner Miller Boat Line
Put-in-Bay, Ohio
lakeeffects@gmail.com

Billy Market, Owner Miller Boat Line
Put-in-Bay, Ohio
b_market4@yahoo.com

What’s New

  • Miller Boat Line Adds New Vessel to Fleet: Passenger/Vehicle Ferry Mary Ann Market
    Miller Boat Line adds an 140 foot long new passenger/vehicle ferry scheduled to arrive at her new home port Put-in-Bay, Ohio (Lake Erie) in 2020. She will be christened Mary Ann Market in honor of the late matriarch of the Market family. Currently being constructed at Fraser Shipyard in Superior, Wisconsin, the all steel drive-on drive-off vessel will be capable of carrying up to 600 passengers/26 vehicles. She will be the fifth ferry in the Miller fleet and will operate between Put-in-Bay (South Bass Island) and the mainland dock at Catawba, Ohio. For construction updates contact Jake Market, jake@millerferry.com.

New Miller Ferry 2019 design draft

  • 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 Lake Erie Shores and Islands, the live cam is mounted at Miller Marina, Put-in-Bay.

Live PutinBay Harbor Webcam

  • Cooper’s Woods Preserved
    On March 31, 2020 the Lake Erie Islands Conservancy proudly completed the purchase of the Cooper’s Woods Preserve from the DeRivera Park Trust. The beautiful 18 acres at Put-in-Bay will now be preserved and protected for this and future generations.
    Lake Erie Islands Conservancy logo
  • The Cheers Trail
    A trail of wineries and breweries located within Lake Erie Shores & Islands. 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 Lake Erie Shore & Islands getaway. Cheers!

Lake Erie Shores & Islands Cheers Trail

Put-in-Bay & Middle Bass Island Events

  • Put-in-Bay & Middle Bass Island Music Fests: These festivals include an eclectic mix of performers, national park settings, food trucks, refreshments & kids music classes. The Put-in-Bay Music Festival at Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial will be June 5, 2021. The Middle Bass Island Music Festival at the Lonz Winery Park will be July 17, 2021. The Music Festivals are free, family friendly and will be at unique, historic locations with a Lake Erie view.
  • 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 on September 22 – 23, 2021.
  • Nature & Wildlife Celebration: Island Green Week is in August 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 & Middle Bass Island Events

Story Ideas

Lonz Park, Middle Bass Island: Reopened for tours in 2017, this historic Lonz Winery structure underwent an $88 million capital improvement as part of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Middle Bass Island State Park development. The Press House section continues to be developed in 2020 and transformed into a restaurant.

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:  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, 113 acres on South Bass and 58 acres on Middle Bass Islands 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, the hiking trails of Cooper’s Woods Preserve and the wet woodlands of the Middle Bass Forested Wetland preserve.

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.

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 shiponthebay.com.

Ohio Craft Beer: Put-in-Bay, Ohio has enthusiastically embraced craft beer. This trend has flowed from a nationwide movement as craft beer sales grow at a record rate. The island’s only microbrewery, The Put-in-Bay Brewing Company, offers a selection of handcrafted, island-brewed beers. Their neighbor, The Reel Bar, will also be serving a wide range of Ohio local craft beers on tap this season. Also serving up many options of craft beer is Frosty’s, with 30 different kinds of craft in the can/bottle and 20 draft handles.

Other Ideas: Explore ruins of the historic Hotel Victory in the South Bass Island State Park, Put-in-Bay School (currently with 72 students), 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
Email: katrina@millerferry.com
Telephone: 440-823-1230

Julene Market
Miller Boat Line
Email: lakeeffects@gmail.com
If you would like to be added to our media list, please email your contact information to lakeeffects@gmail.com

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 69 students (2020-2021) with 15 teachers. 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 2021.

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
Email: katrina@millerferry.com
Telephone: 440-823-1230

Julene Market
Miller Boat Line
Email: lakeeffects@gmail.com
If you would like to be added to our media list, please email your contact information to lakeeffects@gmail.com

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