Town(s): Put-in-Bay OH
Local Name: Lake Erie

Size: acres
Average Depth: 60 feet
Maximum Depth: 210 feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats, Power Boats, Jet-skis, State & Local Rules & Regulations Apply
Swimming: Swimming Allowed, Some Restrictions

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 Lake Erie – is one of the 5 Great Lakes and borders four states: Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and New York as well as the Canadian Province of Ontario. The water at Lake Erie provides waterborne commerce, navigation, manufacturing and power production that has led to extensive industrial development along the 812 miles of shoreline (312 is in Ohio) however, the moderate temperatures of the lake has encouraged a great deal of agriculture and recreation. Lake Erie is the warmest and most biologically productive of the Great Lakes and being the shallowest of the 5 has led it to have more consumable fish than the other Great Lakes combined. The lake’s fishery supports over 10,000 jobs per year and the lake has become the Walleye capital of the world. The lakefront living lifestyle is embodied at Lake Erie as it has everything residents could ask for. With its immense size, Lake Erie is unrivaled by any other lake in the state when it comes to breath-taking and awe inspiring panoramic lake views!

Lake / Beaches / Marinas – Lake Erie is an amazing lake with 9,910 square miles of surface area, an average depth of 60 ft., a maximum depth of 210 ft., and 871 miles of shoreline. Lake Erie is the 4th largest of the Great Lakes in surface volume and the smallest by water volume but it is the 12th largest lake in the world by surface area. Most of the lake’s inflow comes from the Detroit River water from the upper Great Lakes; the rest of the water comes from smaller tributaries including the St. Clair River and precipitation. Boaters, anglers and every other lakefront residents can experience lakefront living at its finest as the lake has no regulations on boat size, horsepower or speed limit, except in specified areas. For anglers, the lake is abundant with walleye but is abundant with other ‘superstar’ fish including steelhead and pickerel. The lake also holds smallmouth bass, rainbow and brown trout, salmon, whitefish, smelt, alewife, white perch, yellow perch and white bass. Reportedly the longest fish in the lake is the sturgeon, which can grow up to 10 ft. and 300 lbs., although they are endangered and live on the bottom of the lake. There is also a mythological creature sometimes known as the Lake Erie Monster that some fisherman will occasionally swear to see! The Lake is also popular for shipwreck diving, biking and hiking trails, and lighthouses. The lake offers 191 places to access the water in Ohio as well as 37 public beaches which offer swimming, volleyball, picnic areas and all other activities you could think of. The lake is also the host of dozens of marinas that offer boat and wave-runner rentals, supplies, boat repair services and fuel.     

Put-In-Bay – Is a popular recreational resort location located on Small Bass Island at Lake Erie, and just south of the second island, Middle Bass Island. The only way on or off the island is via ferry, boat, or aircraft. Residents can enjoy the open waters of Lake Erie with South Bass Island State Park that has a beach, docks, volleyball, playgrounds and concessions. Across Put-In-Bay residents can experience jet skiing, para sailing, kayaking and all other water activities, it is a boater’s paradise with boat rental areas everywhere! Put-In-Bay also offers dozens of more attractions across both islands including a wonderful winery located on the historic Doller Estate, the Adventure Bay Amusement Center which opened last year and features new rides and entertainment. There is also the Put-In-Bay Aquatic Center where visitors can learn about the marine life around the islands, a Butterfly House, a Chocolate Museum, and Saunders Resort Golf Course a 9 hole course on 19 acres of wooded area. The bay also has several historical sites including the Crystal Cave the world's largest geode, Stonehenge Historic Home Tour, and the famous Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial that celebrates the american victory during the war of 1812 and offers residents a trip up the 317 ft tower for a view of all of Put-In-Bay and the other Lake Erie Islands. 

Water Quality: Town/State Monitoring
Vegetation Growth: Invasive
Non-native Species: Eurasian Watermilfoil (Myriophyllum Spicatum), Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum Salicaria)

Fish Species: White Bass, Steelhead Trout, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Salmon, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Carp, Yellow Perch, Walleye

Boat Access: Access for Power and Non-power Boats
Parking Spaces: Unknown

Directions: Accessible only by boat or ferry service. www.Millerferry.com allows for vehicles. www.Jet-Express.com is passenger only. Both services located in Port Clinton.
Shoreline Development: 75-100%