During the season, as many as 750,000 visitors swarm Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island. They crowd the ferries, cram the bars, cover the roads in golf carts and the harbor with boats. The season runs April through October. But July and early August is when PIB’s bars are busiest, and when the resort pools and…

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Meet Jennifer Troiano-Breudigam, who flies to South Bass Island every day to work as the kindergarten teacher at Put-in-Bay School. Troiano-Breudigam, 48, has been commuting for the last 17 years of her two decades at the small school, where she averages a half-dozen kids in her class every year. Yes, it’s difficult. She pays for…

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Ready to try ice fishing on Lake Erie? A few terms you should know before you go. Auger: Either electric or manual, it’s a big drill to create the hole in the ice, about 10 inches in diameter. Creepers: Cleats you attach to the bottom of your shoes to allow you to walk on the…

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I had no idea what to expect on my first experience ice fishing off South Bass Island. Definitely not a picnic table. Yet I’m sitting at one, bolted to a trailer that is towed by a four-wheeler wearing chains on its tires. Down the ramp on the west side of the island, we go Ice…

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Meet Dustin Shaffer, owner of Island Air Taxi, the only airplane company based in Put-in-Bay. In the winter, he may fly 20 flights a day, back and forth from South Bass or Kelleys islands to the mainland of Port Clinton, chauffeuring people, groceries and anything else that needs to get on island after Lake Erie…

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” ngg_triggers_display=”never” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″] Here’s your chance to own the historic Stonehenge Estate on Put-in-Bay, with seven buildings on nearly 6 acres. The property — for sale by owners for $1.5 million — was once a grape-growing farm, typical of South Bass Island in the 19th century. The four-bedroom stone farmhouse (built circa…

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Planning a visit to the Lake Erie playground of Put-in-Bay? Hotels are already booking up, especially on weekends during the prime vacation span from mid-June to mid-August, said Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce ambassador Peter Huston. No one has any hard numbers, but South Bass Island may welcome 750,000 visitors during the season. July and early…

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You know South Bass Island. (Although maybe you refer it to by the name of the party hotspot village, Put-in-Bay.) You know Kelleys Island. But can you name the more than two dozen other islands in Lake Erie? Neither could I. Thankfully, Middle Bass Island historian Michael Gora compiled a comprehensive list of the islands,…

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Think you know Ohio’s North Coast? Paratus Air took RocktheLake on a helicopter tour of Lake Erie last week, from Burke Lakefront Airport in downtown Cleveland to Put-in-Bay. We wanted to see the village of shanties and the anglers ice fishing on the lake. See our first post from the ride. On the way, we…

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Miller Boat Line is adding a $7 million passenger/vehicle ferry to the Lake Erie Islands. The ferry will be about 140 feet long and carry up to 26 vehicles and 600 passengers. “Special attention was given to design a vessel that enhances onboard passenger comfort and improve the loading and discharge times of both vehicles…

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