Directions to Put In Bay

Boaters’ Headings

Are you planning to visit Put-in-Bay on your boat? Thousands of boaters visit every summer season via powerboat and sailboat. Many even participate in the Regattas that are sponsored by ILYA and the Yacht Club. If you are bringing your boat to Lake Erie by trailer, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has a partial listing of public launch facilities in Ottawa County (and a lot of other good information for boaters including Canadian in-boating). To ensure a safe trip to the Lake Erie Islands, there is no substitute for a good navigation chart. The waters around the islands can be tricky and depths vary with weather conditions. We strongly recommend that you purchase a chart of the island area at a local marine supply store, or you can order one online from NOAA. Please visit our Boating Page for more Put-in-Bay boating and dockage info. Make sure you contact your desired dockmaster ahead of time to find out about pricing and utilities.

Driving Directions to Put in Bay

The Ferry boats leave from two different cities along the Ohio Coastline: Port Clinton and Sandusky. The Jet Express is the preferred ferry service and is a high-speed passenger-only ferry that departs from both Port Clinton and Sandusky. Jet Express routes and mainland departure points are shown on the map.

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After you determine what Ferry you will be taking simply click below on the proper ferry and city link, type in your directions and hit the get directions button. This will get you very accurate direction to South Bass Island; otherwise known as Put-in-bay:

Alternately, we have listed the following routes from major Midwest cities to our island of put-in-Bay using simpler, human language, terms. If you can not find directions to suite your taste, please Contact Us and we will be glad to help you with directions on how to get here!

Chicago, IL

Start on the Indiana/Ohio Turnpike east thru Indiana and into Ohio. Get off on Ohio Route 53 in Fremont, Ohio and go North on Ohio Route 53 to Ohio Route 2 East, exit 163 North Port Clinton to the Jet Express or Ohio Route 53 North for the car ferry. 280 Miles.

Cincinnati & Dayton, OH

Begin on I-75 North to Ohio Route 6. (Bowling Green Exit) Continue East to Ohio Route 53 North in Fremont Ohio. North on Ohio Route 53 to Ohio Route 2 East, then exit 163 North Port Clinton for the Jet Express or Ohio Route 53 North for the car ferry. 215 mile

Cleveland, OH

Start on Route 2 West to then exit 163 North to Port Clinton for the Jet Express for the car ferry get off on Ohio Route 53 North. -OR- Start on the Ohio Turnpike and go West to the Ohio Route 250 North exit, then proceed North on Ohio Route 250 to Ohio Route 2 West, exit 163 North Port Clinton for the Jet Express Ferry or Ohio Route 53 North for the car ferry. 75 miles

Columbus, OH

Start at 270 to Ohio Route 23 North to Ohio Route 4 North. Get off and turn right following Ohio Route 4 to Ohio Route 2. Take Ohio Route 2 West, exit 163 North Port Clinton for the Jet Express Ferry or Ohio Route 53 North for the car ferry. 120 Miles

Detroit, MI

Begin I-75 South to Toledo & take the I-280 split South to The Oregon exit which is Ohio Route 2 exit. Get off on Ohio Route 2 and go East. Exit 163 North Port Clinton for the Jet Express Boat or Ohio Route 53 North for the car ferry. 90 Miles

Pittsburgh, PA

Get on the Pennsylvania Turnpike West to Ohio and take the Ohio Route 250 North exit. North on Ohio Route 250 get off Ohio Route 2 West, then exit 163 North Port Clinton for the Jet Express or Ohio Route 53 North for the car ferry. 210 Miles

Toledo, OH

Get on Ohio Route 2 East OR Ohio Turnpike East to the Ohio Route 53 North exit in Fremont, Ohio. Continue North on Ohio Route 53 to Ohio Route 2 East. Get off on 163 North Port Clinton for the Jet Ferry or Ohio Route 53 North for the car ferry. 45 Miles

Indianapolis, IN

Start on I-69 North to the Indiana/Ohio Turnpike continue going east thru Indiana to Ohio. Get off on Ohio Route 53 in Fremont, Ohio and head North on Ohio Route 53 to Ohio Route 2 East, exit on 163 North Port Clinton for the Jet Express Ferry or Ohio Route 53 North for the car ferry. 275 Miles

Cleveland Hopkins Airport

Get on I-480 West to the Ohio Turnpike West Exit #110. Exit at Ohio Route 250 North to Ohio Route 2 and go west. Get off 163 North Port Clinton for the Jet Express Ferry or Ohio Route 53 North for the car ferry. 80 Miles

Detroit Metro Airport

Begin on I-94 West to I-275 South to I-75. Around Toledo take the I-280 split South to The Oregon exit which is Ohio Route 2 exit. Get off on Ohio Route 2 and go East. Exit at 163 North Port Clinton for the Jet or Ohio Route 53 North for the car ferry. 90 Miles

Toledo Express Airport

Take the Ohio Turnpike East to Ohio Route 53 North in Fremont, Ohio and go North on Ohio Route 53 to Ohio Route 2 East, then exit 163 North Port Clinton for the Jet Express or Ohio Route 53 North for the car ferry. 56 Miles.