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

Miller Ferry

Put-in-Bay FAQ

How do I get to Put-in-Bay?
The Miller Ferry offers passenger and vehicle service to Put-in-Bay (South Bass Island) or Middle Bass Island, Ohio.

How do I get to Miller Ferry?
Miller Ferry departs from Catawba, end of OH-53 North.
GPS: 5174 E. Water St., Port Clinton, Ohio 43452
Directions to the Miller Ferry Dock.

How much does the Miller Ferry cost?
Put-in-Bay Fares are Adult $8.00 each way, Child (6-11 yrs) $1.50 each way, Child (under 6 yrs) Free, Bicycle $2.50 each way, Vehicle $19.00 each way, and Motorcycle $16.00 each way.

Middle Bass Fares are Adult $10.50 each way, Child (6-11 yrs) $3.00 each way, Child (under 6 yrs) Free, Bicycle $3.50 each way, Vehicle $25.50 each way, and Motorcycle $22.50 each way.

Is the Miller Ferry running today?
Miller Ferries run daily service to Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass Island during Spring, Summer and Fall. In inclement weather we post trip updates on the homepage

How long does the Miller Ferry take?
The Put-in-Bay Ferry trip is under 20 minutes.
The Middle Bass Ferry trip is 40 minutes.

Where does the Miller Ferry drop off?
Miller Ferry drops off at the Lime Kiln Dock, Put-in-Bay just two miles from the downtown area. If you travel without a car we recommend renting a golf cart, taking the bus, taxi or renting a bicycle.

Can I get assistance on and off the ferry?
If you need assistance boarding the ferry, please let our Catawba ticket booth know. They will ask for a golf cart to help you board onto the ferry. There are folding chairs toward the stern (back) of the boat on the lower deck. When the ferry arrives at Put-in-Bay there is a hill when you are at the dock. For assistance, please ask one of our deck hands and they will have a golf cart transport you to the top of the dock where you can find golf cart rentals, taxi services and bus service.

Are cars allowed on Put-in-Bay?
Yes. If you are visiting for a day trip, you have the option of parking your vehicle on the mainland and coming as a foot passenger. If you wish to bring a vehicle, please note the Vehicle Guidelines for time recommendations.

Are dogs allowed aboard Miller Ferry?
Yes. Pets are welcome aboard the Miller Ferry and travel for free. They must be kept on a leash or cage and stay on the lower deck. Several outdoor sites and restaurant patios on Put-in-Bay are pet friendly.

Where can I find coupons and discounts?
See our helpful links for island and ferry savings. Coupons, Day and Lodging Packages, Frequent Floater tickets, Season Passes and a Military discount.

Does Miller Ferry offer group discounts?
We offer savings for students and tours, meetings, family reunions and weddings. Check out our groups page for details and additional information. Contact Cheryll Rose our Group Sales coordinator at 800-500-2421 or

Is Put-in-Bay kid friendly?
Yes, there are several family friendly attractions and events. See our Kid’s Page,  AttractionsEvents, Coupons, and Kid’s Love Put-in-Bay brochure. Please contact individual attractions and event sponsors for prices and hours.

Does Put-in-Bay have lodging?
Yes. See our lodging page for Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass. Also visit the Put-in-Bay’s Official Tourism Bureau and Lake Erie Shores and Islands 800-441-1271. See our Lodging Packages and Lodging Coupons.

Does the ferry run in the rain?
Yes. During high winds schedules are subject to change or can be canceled without notice. For updates during inclement weather call 800-500-2421, see or visit Facebook and Twitter.

Does the Miller Ferry run year round?
Miller Ferry operations generally begin during spring lake thaw and run until weather permits or winter lake freeze. If we operate beyond the print schedule we will post times on the home page of or you can call our office at 800-500-2421.

Where can I find more Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass Island Information?
Put-in-Bay’s Official Tourism Bureau Middle Bass information may be found at

Day Visitors – If your getaway is for the day, we suggest you come aboard as a passenger and leave your vehicle parked on the mainland in one of our free parking areas.

How do I get around without a car?
Your transportation choices on Put-in-Bay include golf carts, bicycles, taxis, bus service between the Miller Lime Kiln Dock and downtown, and the Island Tour Train narrated tour. The two miles between the Miller Lime Kiln Dock and the downtown have a bike path. For island discounts, present coupons from your mobile phone or print out in advance.

Passengers in Wheelchairs – Your options include bringing your vehicle or boarding as a passenger. If you board as a passenger in a wheelchair, please let the Ticket Booth know when you purchase tickets. Each ferry has a boarding ramp and passengers in wheelchairs can ride on the lower deck. Please note there is no enclosed lower deck cabin or wheelchair accessible restrooms on board the ferry. The Put-in-Bay ferry dock is two miles to downtown/village. Please call our office at 800-500-2421 for suggestions on traveling with a wheelchair.

Worship Services – Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church, Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay. Saint John’s at the Bay Lutheran. Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay. Middle Bass Island Town Hall.

Island Amenities – Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass Island each have a grocery store and beverage carry out. Put-in-Bay also has a hardware store, library, gas station and post office. There is no pharmacy.

ATMs and Credit Cards – Each ferry dock has an ATM machine next to the restrooms and gift shops. We accept credit cards including Master Card, Visa, American Express and Discover.

Medical Issues or Emergencies – Put-in-Bay EMS & Mercy Health Medical Center is located at 528 Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay. The emergency contact number for fire and for police is 911. Non-emergency police number is 419-285-3962.

Area Travel Information – Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores and Islands region offers a wide variety of attractions, events and lodging, all within a half hour drive of the Miller Ferry dock on Catawba. See or call 800-441-1271.

Please contact us with any questions.
Miller Ferry Office 800-500-2421, 419-285-2421 (local),

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