Put-in-Bay Camping – Once You’ve slept On An Island!……

Picture of a tent Put-in-Bay Camping

Put-in-Bay Camping offers simplicity entwined with Mother Nature. Sitting High atop the white limestone cliffs of South Bass Island sits the stunning 33-acre South Bass Island, State Park. The modern campground park is just under two miles from downtown Put-in-Bay and the vibrant nightlife and appetizing Put-in-Bay Restaurants.

A stunning array of options welcome Put-in-Bay Camping enthusiasts. Primitive sites along the breathtaking cliffs and full-service hookups for larger campers and RV’s are available. The park features picnic sports that are open to the public as well as a playground for the kids. The heavily wooded park is a relaxing respite from the big city and relaxing!

The stone pebble beach is a favorite with locals and tourists alike. Cool off on a hot summer day with a Jet Ski or boat rental located on-site. Your Put-in-Bay Camping site is just a short 5-minute golf cart ride into town. Golf Cart Rentals are booked online before arriving and will be ready when you arrive!

South Bass Island State Park Particulars

Far from the excitement of the downtown area, South Bass Island State Park is at the end of Catawba Avenue, coming from town. It is the largest park on the island. There is no fee to enjoy the park or beach. The park features a free public boat launch near the main picnic area. Boats can freely use this dock for lake access, and there is trailer parking as well.

Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rentals operates next to the dock. They rent powerboats, kayaks, jet skis, kayaks, and stand up style paddleboards. Reservations are suggested as they quickly sell out.

The small pebble beach sits to the side of the dock. The cove is protected from the central area of Lake Erie and is generally very calm. It’s an ideal place for the kids to wade, swim, or skip a few stones. No lifeguard is on duty and swimming is only allowed in designated areas. The park also has cabinets that are available for rent in a lottery system.

Put-in-Bay Camping Options and Amenities

The park offers a large shelter house for more significant events such as family reunions and works retreats. It is available by reservation. The pavilion structure can is covered and can accommodate up to 50 people. Electric outlets, water, grills, and a flush restroom are included. Just a short walk away is a well-equipped playground and good for kids of all ages. Picnic tables are located throughout the park and an ideal inexpensive way to enjoy a meal from one of our great Put-in-Bay Pizza Companies!

Fifty-one electric sites and nine non-electric sites make up the camping area in the park. Pets are permitted on a leash. Showers and Flush toilets are in the modern restroom facilities. A dump station is located in the park for travel trailers. Youth camps are periodically held throughout the summer.

Picture of the Put-in-Bay Camping Cabinetes

The South Bass Island State Park also has cabinets that are available for a three-night minimum stay. They are booked through a lottery system. The cabins provide rustic accommodations yet are cozy and charming. Each cabin comes equipped with a full kitchen with a refrigerator, cook stove, microwave and sleeps 6. The living room area includes a DVD player. No pets are allowed here.

While at South Bass Island State Park, keep an eye out for wildlife such as the red-eared slider, midland painted turtle, and common map turtle.

Fishing While Enjoying Put-in-Bay Camping

The park features a fishing pier that is situated close to the boat ramp. Anglers can catch Small Mouth Bass, Blue Gill, Perch, and the occasional Walleye from the docks. There is also a fish cleaning facility. Fishing requires a valid Ohio fishing permit.

Of all the Great Lakes, Lake Erie is the shallowest from 25 feet deep in the southern and western basin to 61 feet deep in the central basin. The northeastern basin is an average of 120 feet deep. Lake Erie is renowned for its quick, powerful storms with high waters and waves due to an unequal, shallow basin.

The warm waters produce more fish than any other of the Great Lakes Species include channel catfish, walleye, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, and white bass. The annual Lake Erie catches are almost equivalent to all of the other Great Lakes combined!

Foxes Den Campground At Put-in-Bay

Foxes Den is a privately owned family-oriented campground. It features full-service campsites with sewer, water hookups, and electricity.  Primitive camping sites for tent camping are also available For those tent camping,  a modern shower and restroom facility is located on-site.

The campground is located on Langram Road near the Put-in-Bay Airport. The campground is located in the center of the island, so a Put-in-Bay Golf Cart Rental is recommended and should be booked in advance online. The golf cart will make the trip in and out of town a five-minute ride. Reservations may be made by calling 419-285-5001

Middle Bass Island Campground

Of then times in peak season, there is no more room for Put-in-Bay Camping. Middle Bass Island Campground is located one island over and is serviced by a ferry that brings visitors back and forth from Put-in-Bay.

Middle Bass Island is situated in the western basin of Lake Erie. A boater’s paradise, the park offers visitors a glimpse at Ohio’s glacial and cultural past. The park boasts a 184-slip marina and harbormaster building as well as rental venues at the Lonz Winery. Facilities and marina are available seasonally, generally May through October.

Walk-in Primitive Camping offers 14 non-electric sites available May 1-Oct 15 at no charge. Call (419) 285-0311 for availability. Each site has a fire ring and picnic table. There are No latrines; no electricity; no potable water however showers and water are available in the harbormaster building.