When visiting Put-In-Bay you must ride the Miller Boat Line Ferry. The ferry makes trips every half an hour to Put-in-Bay (South Bass Island) & Middle Bass Island from Catawba, Ohio all day everyday! Miller Boat Line offers a great view and easy transportation between the islands and mainland.
When we arrived at the Ferry drop off area I had never been there before, so I was not really sure what to do or where to go! I asked the extremely helpful and sweet ladies working the ticket booth my many, many questions! Things like what is there to see and where are the best places to take the kiddos and of course the most important, what’s there to eat! She recommended several places to visit and then offer me the Travels Guide, which is chalked full of great stuff! I wasn’t sure if we should bring our van, she said it was no problem to take our van but suggested riding the tram to get a scenic informative tour of Put In Bay. So we left our van at the drop off parking lot and walked onto the ferry! It was a great choice!
My girls were so excited to ride along the top of the ferry getting a great view of the water and even doing their own reenactment of the Titanic by leaning against the rails screaming, KING OF THE WORLD! Weather permitting this is the way to go! I think riding along in the van would have been a lot less enjoyable! The fresh cool air blowing in our faces and seeing the other islands and boats splashing around, has to be viewed from outside your vehicle! The ride was extremely smooth and very few bumps during the docking! These guys know what they were doing!
Fun Facts about Lake Erie:
Did you know that Lake Erie is the 4th largest Great Lake but smallest in depth and the 11th largest in the world! While on the water keep an eye out for the 40 foot monster that is suggested to live in Lake Erie and of all the 4 Great Lakes, Lake Erie produces more fish each year for human consumption than any other Lake!
History about Miller Boat Lines:
In 1971 Lee Miller appointed Bill Market to take over as manager of the boat line. Market, a fourth generation islander, had worked for Millers as a purser and deckhand since 1954. With the loss of young Bill Miller, who also was Market’s best friend, Market became captain of the vessel William M Miller. When Lee passed away in 1973, Mary Miller asked Market to take over operations of the company.
Put-in-Bay’s growth and rebounding popularity became apparent in the 1970’s. Local residents and developers began to preserve and showcase the fine private homes and downtown buildings, many of which had fallen into disrepair. Historic buildings such as the Colonial, Park Hotel, Blacksmith Shop, Crescent, and Round House were restored and upgraded.
Funding began to flow into the DeRivera Park, South Bass Island State Park, and infrastructure. The 1970’s high water erosion of the shoreline surrounding the Perry’s Monument (National Park) was alleviated with the construction of the unique concave concrete breakwall on either side of the memorial grounds. Put-in-Bay began to move in fast-forward, and tourism became the island’s economic mainstay.
Fees are reasonable and well worth the view while floating along the water to visit the other islands.
|Child (under 6yrs.)||Free|
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Ways to Save on Your Miller Ferry Trip to Put-in-Bay:
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The Lake Erie Shores and Islands Welcome Center Route 53, six miles south of the Miller Ferry Catawba Dock. This Welcome Center offers maps, lodging info, displays and video, last minute travel tips, restaurants, area events info and more Put-in-Bay discounts. Purchase your tickets in advance at the Welcome Center and receive $1.00 Off your Adult Put-in-Bay fare. 800-441-1271. The “Lake Erie Shores and Islands Travel Planner” Show your Shore Savings Card and receive $1.00 Off Adult Round Trip Passenger fare to Put-in-Bay. To receive your free Visitor’s Guide call 800-255-3743. Download the Shore Savings Card directly at SHORESandISLANDS.com.
On DiscoverOhio.com you will find a printable $1.00 Off Coupon for Adult Put-in-Bay Passenger round trip fare aboard Miller Ferry.
Active Military Personnel Please show your military card at the ticket booth for your $2.00 off adult round trip savings.
So if you haven’t figured it out yet, we absolutely loved the ferry ride and are already planning our next trip. The staff was amazing and very helpful! No matter how silly your question may seem they were very informative and willing to direct you where to go! Stop by and check it out next time you are visiting the area!