Boaters' Headings

Are you planning to visit Put-in-Bay on a personal boat? Hundreds of boaters visit every summer season via powerboat and sailboat. If you are bringing a boat to Lake Erie by trailer, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has a partial listing of public launch facilities in Ottawa County (and a lot of other good information for boaters including Canadian in-boating). To ensure a safe trip to the Lake Erie Islands, there is no substitute for a good navigation chart. It is strongly recommended that you purchase a chart of the island area at a local marine supply store, or you can order one online. Please visit our Boating Pag for more Put-in-Bay boating and dockage info.

Ferry Service to Put-in-Bay South Bass Island

Put in Bay is serviced by one high-speed passenger-only ferry boat company: the Jet-Express.


The Jet Express offers a high speed ferry boat primarily designed for passengers and light freight and offers the only late night service to and from Put-in-Bay. The Jet Express departs from downtown Port Clinton and Sandusky Ohio. The Jet Express also offers inter island service to Kelly's Island. The Jet-Express travels at 42 mile per hour making it the fastest way to Put-in-Bay. Children under 5 ride free.

Website: CLICK HERE   ||   Phone: 800-245-1538

Driving Directions to Put in Bay

This page is designed to help you and your friends get to Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island. We have direct links where you can key in your address information and it will direct you to the proper Put-in-Bay Ferry. The Ferry boats leave from two different cities along the Ohio Coastline: Port Clinton and Sandusky. The Jet Express is a passenger only Ferry that departs from Port Clinton and Sandusky. Jet Express routes are shown in Red.

After you determine what Ferry you will be taking simply click on the proper Ferry and City link, type in your directions and hit the get directions button. This will get you very accurate direction to South Bass Island otherwise known as Putinbay:

Local Maps and Lake Erie Islands

map of south bass island and put in bay For a larger, printable, map of South Bass Island, CLICK HERE