Lake Erie Islands
The Lake Erie Islands are in Lake Erie, one of the five Great Lakes in North America and serve as a major tourist, resort or summer home destination. Comprising islands which belong to either Ohio on the southern US side or Ontario on the northern Canada side, the islands are accessible via ferry boat from a number of locations. Lake Erie was named after the Erie Native American tribe who lived along its southern shore prior to exploration by Europeans.
- Hen Island — Property of the Quinnebog Club.
- Kelleys Island
- Middle Bass Island
- Pelee Island — on the Canadian side
- South Bass Island — The most significant tourist destination containing the village of Put-in-Bay.
- Sugar Island.
- Turtle Island — Privately owned vacation homes
- Island Hopping. Four different ferry boat lines provide service from the mainland to Ohio’s Lake Erie Islands which include The Jet Express, a high speed passenger ferry, Miller Ferry Lines, and Kelleys Island Ferry, and the Goodtime which does a daily island hopping cruise.
South Bass Island is home to Put-in-Bay and Crystal cave. Kelleys Island offers is more sparsely populated and offers the opportunity to enjoy nature at Kelleys Island State Park and Glacial Grooves State Park.
Restaurants are plentiful in Put-in-Bay, but options are limited on other islands.