South Bass Island

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South Bass Island from the air, looking west, over Put-in-Bay.
Map of the Bass Islands.

South Bass Island is a small island in western Lake Erie, and a part of Ottawa County, Ohio, United States. It is the southernmost of the three Bass Islands and located 3 miles (4.6 km) from the south shore of Lake Erie. It is the third largest island in the Lake Erie Islands, and is part of Put-in-Bay Township. The island is a popular recreation spot.

Approximately 3.7 miles (6.0 km) long and 1.5 miles (2.4 km) wide and comprises 1,588.3 acres (642.8 hectares), the island is separated by an isthmus into a smaller, residential northeastern side (East Point)[1] and a southwestern side that contains an airfield and the village center of Put-in-Bay, the island's only incorporated community. The island is 3 miles (4.8 km) north of the nearest point on the mainland (Scott Point in the peninsular Catawba Island Township) and approximately 10 miles (16 km) NNE of Port Clinton, Ohio, and 14 miles (23 km) NNW of Sandusky, Ohio. As of the 2000 census there were 631 residents on the island.

The village of Put-in-Bay is a popular tourist destination during the summer. The island is often referred to as the "Key West of Lake Erie." Put-in-Bay is served by ferry from nearby Port Clinton and Sandusky. Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial, including Perry's Monument, commemorating the Battle of Lake Erie is located on South Bass Island, near Put-In-Bay. The island is also the annual host of the Inter-Lake Yachting Association regatta, known as Bay Week.

In the bay of South Bass is Gibraltar Island, home to the Ohio State University's Stone Laboratory.

Transportation via car, bike, or walking to the island is provided by ferries from the Miller Boat Line (departing from the northern point of Catawba Island), and Jet Express (departing from Port Clinton, Ohio, Sandusky, Ohio, and Lorain, Ohio), and many more including various charter boat companies in the area. The island also has a small airport. Golf carts are a popular method of transportation on the island.

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In Pamela F. Service's book Phantom Victory, one of the main characters, Terri, lives on South Bass Island. Also referred to in the book is the Victory hotel and its fire.




  1. ^ The Michigan Botanist. Michigan Botanical Club. 1975. p. 145. The site selected for Perry's Victory Monument was the low, marshy, wooded narrow isthmus between the village of Put-in-Bay and that portion of South Bass Island referred to as East Point. Known as Chapman's Marsh or Chapman's Pond, the site was cleared in the summer of 1912 for the construction [...] 

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Coordinates: 41°38′59″N 82°49′08″W / 41.6497°N 82.8189°W / 41.6497; -82.8189