Outdoor Activities on The Island

Outdoor fun here from land, sea and air.  Boating, water skiing, fishing, biking and even parasailing!

Jane Coates Wildflower Trail

Jane Coates Wildflower Trail & Ladd Carr Woods

Located on Put-in-Bay Road, about 1/4 mile north of Maple Leaf Cemetery, Jane Coates Wildflower Trail is a nature trail protected by the Lake Erie Islands Conservancy and now owned by the Put-in-Bay Township Park District. The surrounding woodlands of blue ash, hackberry, and chinquapin oak shelter spring wildflowers such as the wild hyacinths pictured as well as Dutchman’s Breeches, appendaged waterleaf, wild phlox, and Jack-in-the Pulpit. It can be a great place in spring and fall for migratory songbirds and warblers. A bench on the back portion of the trail is a great place to sit and birdwatch. The 1/2 mile trail is named for Put-in-Bay artist Jane Coates who was a jeweler, painter and conservationist. Many covet Jane’s free form sterling silver cast jewelry and her other works of art. Another Jane Coates legacy is the custom painted panels on Kimberly’s Carousel depicting historic Put-in-Bay images, including the Hotel Victory, the Steamer Put-in-BayFord Tri-Motor “Tin Goose”, Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial, and the Colonial Building.


Lake Erie Water Trails-Kayak the Bay

Paddling is quickly becoming one of the more popular outdoor pursuits and is an exciting recreational opportunity that provides a new perspective and a deeper appreciation for these unique islands. The heritage and beauty of the islands’ natural resources can be explored through the use of the Lake Erie Islands Water Trails (LEIWT), five separate paddling trails around each island (North Bass, Middle Bass, South Bass and Kelleys) and along the near-shore mainland (Catawba and Marblehead). The rich natural, historical and cultural diversity of the coastlines and islands in Lake Erie are experienced through access points identified on maps and on land by a welcoming sign with the logo of the LEIWT. These designated access points are located on public property, so please respect private property along the rest of the water trail.


Massie Cliffside Preserve

This eleven-acre shoreline parcel on the East Point of South Bass Island includes cliff habitat and a great dock for fishing. It was purchased with Clean Ohio Conservation Funds, Coastal Estuarine Land Conservation Program, private donations, and land owner donations in 2015. Four acres of adjacent woodland were added to the property with a purchase from Len and Connie Knam in March of 2016. Dedicated August of 2016, it has a trail system to link visitors from the State Route 357 parking lot all the way to the lake for bird-watching, walking, photography, and nature study.


Paratus Air

Looking for a way to enhance your visit to Put in Bay? Choose from one of two options to see the islands in a truly unique way! Put in Bay helicopter tours are open from the second weekend of May through the end of September! Please call our office at 914-FLY-HELI to schedule your helicopter tour today. The “Put-in-Bay Tour” shown above takes you on a trip around South Bass Island. You’ll see gorgeous, bird’s-eye views of Cedar Point, Port Clinton and, of course, the beautiful Put-in-Bay itself. $39.99 Per Person, Minimum 2 Passengers, Maximum 3 Passengers Per Trip


Put-in-Bay Parasailing

Fly high, soaring above the water as you see the bay from a birds eye view! 

Captain Jason Hall gives adventurers a unique “bird’s eye view” of Put-in-Bay’s boat filled downtown harbor and the surrounding islands. Strapped into a parachute harness and hanger, you’ll gradually be lifted from the back of the boat into the sky as the wench feeds out the cable connecting you to the vessel. Put-in-Bay Parasail departs the Boardwalk’s downtown dock. Ask about group rates. Call ahead for reservations and for current prices. Both single and double parasailing is available.


Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rental

We love hitting the waves and skimming across the lake, jet skiing on a hot summer day.  


Rent yours this summer by the half hour and hour at South Bass Island State Park. Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rentals is open daily, 11 am to 6 p,m., weather permitting. Ask about group rates.


Rock Climbing Wall- Perry's Cave Family Fun Center

Try your skill at climbing a rock wall at the Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center. Four different skill levels are all on the same wall. The Rock Crew is trained to get climbers securely in the required safety harness. The safety equipment is provided. The 25-foot rock wall is open, weather permitting, any time the Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center is open. Climb the wall for only $8.00.


Saunder's Golf Course

Saunders Golf Course is a challenging 9-hole executive course located across from South Bass Island State Park. Saunders is the site of the annual 5-Iron Golf Classic sponsored by E-Z-GO Golf Cart and benefitting the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau. A fun par-3 course. The course rents golf clubs. Greens fees are $10. Ironically you won’t find any of the island’s 700 golf carts here; they are not allowed on the course. Golf course shop sells beer, water, soft drinks, snacks and a limited line of golfing supplies. Season passes available.



Scheeff East Point Preserve

Scheeff East Point Nature Preserve is 9-acre parcel of water front property protected by the newly formed Put-in-Bay Township Park District. The preserve is located at the very end of East Point, about two miles from downtown Put-in-Bay. The preserve offers visitors a walking path, great bird watching opportunities, and shoreline access for fishing The property is open from dawn to dusk daily.