Put-in-Bay parks provide wonderful oppurtunities to uncover the natural wonder of the Lake Erie Islands. Also, there are numerous activites that can be enjoyed on Put-in-Bay including fishing, watersports, bird watching and kayaking. All across the Island there are preserved lands that are designed to protect and educate about the wildlife and vegetation on Put-in-Bay. Explore the parks on PIB and find the natural wonders of the Lake Erie Islands.
South Bass Island State Park is located at the end of Catawaba Rd., near Meechen Rd. There are 10 full service and 125 non-electirc campsites available at the park. Some campsites are pet friendly, for those who don't want to leave their friends at home. Bathhouses provide restroom facilities and showers for guests at the park. A fishing pier provides a great perch to try your chances for Lake Erie Walleye. Anglers can also catch catfish, yellow perch and small mouth bass seasonally from this dock. For a more in-depth look at Lake Erie there are watercrafts available for rent. Aboard a jet-ski riders can take in panamoric views of Put-in-Bay and Kelley's Island with the fresh Island breezes blowing about. PIB is primarily composed of limestone, and thus the beach at the park is rocky. Still, vistors can swim here and cool off on a hot day. The grounds at SBI State Park are naturally stunning, with excellent habitats for birds and wildlife. Their is ample Lake Erie frontage with limestone cliffs around the perimeter. The bird watching at the park is some of the best to be found on Put-in-Bay. Oak Point State Park is also part of Ohio's Parks, and provides transient docking. Tent sites are available at this park located on Bayview Ave., near the Ohio State research labratory.
DeRivera Park is located in downtown Put-in-Bay. There are over 5 acres of waterfront property that affords some of the best Lake Erie views to be found on the Island. There is a public bathhouse and restroom, a playground, and numerous sitting areas. Additionally, there are charcoal grills scattered around the park, and provide for a great Put-in-Bay picnic. A lovely gazebo provides the perfect setting for a special event, and can be rented for weddings. This area is another great pet friendly Put-in-Bay park, and pets can enjoy a treat from the B Dockmaster's Office. The park is named after the "Father of Put in Bay," Joseph DeRivera St. Jergo. He purchased South Bass Island, along with several other nearby Lake Erie Islands in the 1800s. This land was set aside in the early plotting of Put-in-Bay, and remains today as a relaxing retreat. The park is located near the Jet Express (www.jet-express.com) Put-in-Bay terminal. Many visitors to the Island can recall their stroll through the quaint park enroute to the downtown area.
Put-in-Bay has immense natural beauty and is home to much wildlife and fauna. The Black Swamp Conservancy is a non-profit organization that strives to gain lands to proect the natural lands we enjoy. On Put-in-Bay Rd. near the "S" curve is the Ladd Carr Wildlife Woods and the Jane Coates Wildflower trail. Here there are 5 acres of untouched wilderness. Blue Ash, Sugar Maple, Basswood, Black Cherry and Common Hackberry trees are present in this protected wilderness area. The wildflower varieties include Jack in the Pulpit and Dutchman's Breezes. The newest addition to Put-in-Bay's protected areas is a prime habitat for the endangered Lake Erie Watersnake. At the end of Rt. 357 is the Scheef East Point Nature Preserve. Here there are 9 acres of land that has lake frontage on three sides. The rocky shoreline and shallow waters are very hospitable to the protected snake. Also, migratory birds can utilize the untouched shorleline land for feeding. There are wonderful bird watching opportunities and a great way to experience the tranquilty of Put-in-Bay and the Lake Erie Islands. There were great efforts for the purchase of this land, and generous contributions to this worthy cause. These areas are a wonderful way to discover Put-in-Bay in a way that many have not.
Put-in-Bay parks have many activites for everyone in the family. Whether seeking out a rare migratory bird or swinging in the playground, you will surely enjoy your time spent. Fresh Lake Erie breezes and sunny summer days make for wonderful memories. Explore a Put-in-Bay park on your next visit and love nature "island style"!