North Bass Island

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North Bass Island as viewed from Middle Bass Island.
Map of the Bass Islands.

North Bass Island is an island of the U.S. state of Ohio located in Lake Erie.[1] A small unincorporated community, Isle Saint George, is on the island.[2] The North Bass Island Post Office was established on May 25, 1864, and the name changed to Isle Saint George Post Office on March 2, 1874.[3] The Isle Saint George ZIP code 43436 provides PO Box service.[4]

The 688.6-acre (2.786 km²) island is one of few islands that has not been commercially developed. The state of Ohio purchased 589 acres (2.4 km²) of the island to preserve it from development and operates it as North Bass Island State Park.

Historically, North Bass was mainly used as a vineyard. According to the 2000 census the island had 13 permanent residents.[5] The island's only public school closed in 2006 after more than a century of operation.[6] As of January 2007, there were roughly two dozen permanent residents residing on the island's 12 privately owned properties.[7]

North Bass Island Airport (FAA LID: 3X5) offers a 1,804 ft (549.9 m) paved airstrip.[8]


North Bass Island is the second largest and northernmost island of the Bass Islands; which are a part of the larger Lake Erie Islands archipelago. On the southwest corner of the island there is a small bay named Manila Bay and there is a small unnamed creek that protrudes from the bay. The island is part of Put-in-Bay Township, Ottawa County, Ohio.

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Coordinates: 41°43′00″N 82°49′00″W / 41.71667°N 82.81667°W / 41.71667; -82.81667