Directions to Put in Bay and Commodore Resort Hotel

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Directions to Put in Bay

In order to get to the Commodore Resort and Put-in-Bay, you have a few options. You can fly to the island, take your own boat, or take one of the two ferries that serve Put-in-Bay. Taking a ferry to the island is the most common way to travel, and now we will give you directions to the two ferry services, The Jet Express, and Miller Ferry.

 

Directions to the Jet Express

Chicago, IL

I-90 East to OH-53 exit #91. Follow 53 North towards Port Clinton until you come to Harrison St.Turn left on Harrison and follow till the dead end and take a right. Our main parking lot will be on the left and you will see the office across the street.

Cincinnati, OH

Take I-75 North towards Dayton. Take US-6 exit # 179 and turn right on 6 east. Turn left on 53 and take 53 North towards Fremont/Port Clinton. Follow that road into town until you meet Harrison St. Turn left on Harrison and follow till the dead end and take a right. Our main parking lot will be on the left and you will see the office across the street.

Cleveland, OH

Take the Turnpike (80 West) to 250 West (#118). Turn left and take Rt. 2 west to exit 163, and turn left off exit ramp. Go through 5 lights and we will be around the corner after the 5th light.

Columbus, OH

Take 23 North to Rt. 98 North, which turns into 4 North at Bucyrus. Take Rt. 2 West to exit 163, and turn left off exit ramp. Go through 5 lights and we will be around the corner after the 5th light.

Detroit, MI

Take 75 South to the I-280 exit #208. Continue on I-280 South to Rt 2 exit #7 towards Oregon (East). From Route 2 take the Fremont exit 53 and go left which will take you into Port Clinton. Follow that road into town until you meet Harrison St. Turn left on Harrison and follow till the dead end and take a right. Our main parking lot will be on the left and you will see the office across the street.

Indianapolis, IN

Take 70 East to 75 North (exit #33B) towards Toledo. Take US-6 exit # 179 and turn right on 6 east. Turn left on 53 and take 53 North towards Fremont/Port Clinton. Follow that road into town until you meet Harrison St. Turn left on Harrison and follow till the dead end and take a right. Our main parking lot will be on the left and you will see the office across the street.

Pittsburgh, PA

Take 76 West (Pennsylvania Turnpike) to 80 West. Take the 250 West (#118). Turn left and take Rt. 2 west to exit 163, and turn left off exit ramp. Go through 5 lights and we will be around the corner after the 5th light.

Toledo, OH

Take Rte. 2 East to the Route 53 Fremont Exit and turn left (North), which will take you into Port Clinton. Follow that road into town until you meet Harrison St. Turn left on Harrison and follow till the dead end and take a right. Our main parking lot will be on the left and you will see the office across the street.

   

Directions to the Miller Ferry

  • From Sandusky, Cleveland and East

    Follow Interstate 90 West to Route 2 West. Cross over Sandusky Bay Bridge, get in right lane, then exit onto Route 53 North / Catawba Is. Go straight north for 7 miles to the end of Route 53 North.

  • From the Ohio Turnpike Heading West

    Take either Exit 118 North (Route 250) or Exit 110 North (Route 4), then onto Route 2 West. Cross over Sandusky Bay Bridge, get in right lane, then exit onto Route 53 North / Catawba Is. Go straight North for 7 miles to the end of Route 53 North.

  • If you are coming from Cedar Point

    Follow Route 6 West to Route 2 West, cross the Sandusky Bay Bridge, then exit right onto Route 53 North / Catawba Is. Go straight North for 7 miles to the end of Route 53 North.

  • If you are coming from Kalahari Resort

    Follow Route 250 North, exit left onto Route 2 West, cross the Sandusky Bay bridge then exit onto Route 53 North / Catawba Is. Go straight North for 7 miles to the end of Route 53 North.

  • From Toledo and West

    Follow State Route 2 East then exit onto Route 53 North / Catawba Is. – the Lake Erie Islands. Follow Route 53 North to the end.

  • From the Ohio Turnpike – Heading East

    Take Exit 91(Route 53), follow North to Route 2 East then exit onto Route 53 North / Catawba Is. – the Lake Erie Islands. Follow Route 53 North to the end.

  • From Port Clinton
    There are two routes to reach the Miller Catawba Dock from Port Clinton.

    Take Route 163 (Perry Street, which runs along the lakefront) East to the intersection with Route 53 (you will pass a Wal-Mart on the right). Turn left onto Route 53 North, drive straight for 6 miles to the end of Catawba.
    OR: Take Route 163 East to Sand Road, which becomes West Catawba Rd. Follow to the end. This is a scenic route.

  • From Columbus

    Follow Route 23 North. Exit onto Route 4 North / Bucyrus. Exit onto Route 2 West, cross the Sandusky Bay Bridge. Then exit onto Route 53 North, follow to the end.
    OR: Take Route 23 North. Exit onto Route 53 North / Fremont, follow North to Route 2 East then exit onto Route 53 North / Catawba Is. – the Lake Erie Islands. Follow Route 53 North to the end.

  • From Dayton and Cincinnati

    Follow Route 75 North to Route 6 East / Bowling Green. Follow Route 6 East to Route 53 North Fremont. Follow Route 53 North to Route 2 East then exit onto Route 53 North / Catawba Is. – the Lake Erie Islands. Follow Route 53 North to the end.

Directions to Put in Bay

Put-in-Bay Travel Tips

Weather and Climate

The temperature on this Lake Erie island averages 77°F (25° C) in summer, and the water temperature is just slightly less. In the summer there is a steadiness of the winds, blowing almost without exception from a northwesterly direction. Average annual rainfall is approximately 20 inches, although it almost never rains on the weekends.

 

Put-in-Bay Ferries

There are two ferryboat companies that service the island. The Jet Express is a passenger only ferry that arrives just a short walk from the Commodore Resort and the downtown area. The Jet Express offers late night service departing from Port Clinton Ohio.

The Miller Ferry departs from Catawba Island and is a passenger and vehicle ferry. Taxis are readily available to bring you directly to the Commodore Resort.

Put-in-Bay Airport

Many guests choose to fly their private planes to the South Bass Airport, located on the northwestern end of the island. South Bass Airport is NOT an international airport, so if you are flying from Canada, please check with your local customs agents.

Flight Time from major gateways:

Cleveland 20 minutes
Detroit 45 minutes
Columbus 1 hour
Cincinnati 1.5 hours

   

Getting around Put-in-Bay

Taxis are readily available on South Bass Island. We recommend Island Club Taxi for fast, safe, and friendly taxiing.

We highly recommend that you do not bring your car to the island. Wait times to get on or off the island can run as long as four hours. Cars are generally not allowed on the island unless you have an overnight reservation confirmed through Millers Ferry, which is the car-carrying ferry line servicing the island. Parking can be limited downtown and the island is small enough that a car is really unnecessary.

The favorite form of island transportation, however, is the golf cart! These fuel-efficient and fun vehicles can get you anywhere you want to go on the island. They are great for a scenic drive, a quick hop from one point to another, or for transporting friends from the airport to the hotel. Golf cart reservations are recommended and may be made in 2015 as we are opening a new property at the end of the street called Victory Station Golf Cart Rental which will offer golf cart rentals. More details to come.

Put in Bay Victory Station Golf Cart Rental  will rent 4-6-8 passenger golf carts by the hour, daily, overnight and weekly, and they are located right next door to Reel Bar.

Most major roads are well-maintained asphalt. Please remember to obey all speed limits, wear your seat belt, obey all traffic laws, and drive on the right!

 

Other Travel Tips

Location/Size – South Bass is 5 miles long by 2.5 miles wide, the largest of the three Bass islands.

Clothing – The dress here is mostly informal, resort casual, even in the evening. Hats and sunscreen are a must to protect you from the sun if you plan on sitting by the pool or on the patio. Even if you tan easily, the sun will burn you if you’re not prepared, ruining what could be your best vacation.

Currency – Since South Bass is part of the United States, even though it is close to Canada, the currency is the U.S. dollar. Traveler’s checks and major credit cards are widely accepted.

Drinking Water – Our water comes from the Village of Put-in-Bay city water system and is perfectly fine to drink. The fresh water supply on South Bass is not plentiful, so please do your best to conserve it.

Electricity – Standard North American, 120 volt/60 cycle.

Language- Being part of the U.S., the language is English. The local lilt given to English is referred to as Ohio State Buckeye-Pride!

Marrying at Put-in-Bay – Everything can be arranged-from clergy to music to videotape to reception. Contact one of our managers for details. please visit our weddings page for more details.

Photo Tips – Because of the intense light during the day, slower film like 100 or 200 ASA will be the most practical. For non-automatic exposure cameras, cut the exposure down a stop or two when at the docks or on Perry’s monument since the water and sand will reflect a lot of the brightness. For a clear image, 100 ASA film is recommended.

Time Zone – Put-in-Bay is in the Eastern Standard Time Zone.