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Kelleys-Island is the name of both an island and a village on the island in the western basin of Lake Erie. It's approximately four miles north of the village of Marblehead and 12 miles from Sandusky on the Ohio mainland. The island measures about four square miles and the village fully occupies the island. Kellys Island was originally inhabited by Native Americans and was used by the US Military in the War of 1812. Today, it has a permanent population of 367 (as of the 2000 census) and is a popular tourist destination. The island is reached by ferry from nearby Marblehead or Sandusky on the mainland. Once on Kellys Island, most people use bicycles, golf carts and motor scooters to get around (although the ferries will transport cars to the island, as well.) There are several public beaches on Kellys Island and activities include swimming, fishing, boating, kayaking, hiking, biking, camping and scuba diving (there are several shipwrecks in the area.) Kellys Island is one of the best places in the country for birdwatching. This is because in spring and fall, migrating birds use the island as a "stepping-stone" to cross Lake Erie. The island has a diverse habitat and a variety of birds can be seen all year long. The island hosts the Nest With the Birds and Feathers and Foliage festivals each year. Kellys Island is also known for having the largest and most easily accessible remains of glacial grooves in the world. They can be seen on the northern side of the island, inside Kellys Island State Park.

Surrounding areas: Marblehead, Ohio (4.1 mi), Lakeside, Ohio (4.2 mi), Catawba Island, Ohio (6.5 mi), Put-in-Bay, Ohio (7.0 mi), Middle Bass Island, Ohio (7.8 mi), Sandusky, Ohio (10.2 mi), Port Clinton, Ohio (13.2 mi)

Kelleys Island Vacation Rentals

Kelleys Island Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Fountain Inn Motel225 Maple AveLakeside, OH4.2 mi.(419) 798-4461
Perry Holiday Motel99 Concord AvePut In Bay, OH6.6 mi.(419) 285-2107
Park HotelPut In Bay, OH7.4 mi.(419) 285-3581
Holiday Inn Express50 Ne Catawba RdPort Clinton, OH9.1 mi.(419) 732-7322
Holiday Inn Express55131/2 Milan RdSandusky, OH10.2 mi.(419) 624-0028
Sandcastle Suites HotelSandusky, OH10.2 mi.(419) 627-2112
Rodeway Inn1021 Cleveland RdSandusky, OH10.4 mi.(419) 527-2884
Comfort Inn Cedar Point Maingate1711 Cleveland RdSandusky, OH10.8 mi.(419) 625-4700
Days Inn North1932 Cleveland RdSandusky, OH10.8 mi.(419) 625-1333
Econo Lodge1904 Cleveland RdSandusky, OH10.8 mi.(419) 627-8000
Quality Inn & Suites1935 Cleveland RdSandusky, OH10.8 mi.(419) 626-6761
Days Inn Port Clinton2149 E Gill RdPort Clinton, OH11.3 mi.(419) 734-4945
Vacation Inn2218 Cleveland RdSandusky, OH11.3 mi.(419) 625-6542
Howard Johnson Express Inn2809 Milan RdSandusky, OH11.4 mi.(419) 626-3742
Rodeway Inn Cedar Point2905 Milan RdSandusky, OH11.5 mi.(419) 625-1291
Knights Inn2405 Cleveland RdSandusky, OH11.6 mi.(419) 621-9000
Country Hearth Inn1815 E Perry StPort Clinton, OH11.9 mi.(800) 282-5711
Econo Lodge3309 Milan RdSandusky, OH11.9 mi.(419) 626-8720
North Coast Inn Inc3304 Milan RdSandusky, OH11.9 mi.(419) 626-6766
Quality Inn And Suites3306 Milan RdSandusky, OH11.9 mi.(419) 626-6766
Best Western Port Clinton1734 E Perry StPort Clinton, OH12.0 mi.(419) 734-2274
Comfort Inn1723 E Perry StPort Clinton, OH12.0 mi.(419) 732-2929
Harbormaster Motel1735 E Perry StPort Clinton, OH12.0 mi.(419) 734-5633
Fairfield Inn3760 E State RdPort Clinton, OH12.1 mi.(419) 732-2434
Phils Inn1704 E Perry StPort Clinton, OH12.1 mi.(419) 734-2912
Clarion Inn Sandusky1119 Sandusky Mall BlvdSandusky, OH12.1 mi.(419) 625-6280
Days Inn4315 Milan RdSandusky, OH12.7 mi.(419) 627-8884
Our Guest Inn2039 E HBR RdPort Clinton, OH13.2 mi.(419) 734-3000
Sleep Inn Suites947 State Rte 53 NPort Clinton, OH13.2 mi.(419) 732-7707
Commodore Perry Inn & Suites255 W Lakeshore DrPort Clinton, OH13.3 mi.(419) 732-2645
Island House Hotel102 Madison StPort Clinton, OH13.3 mi.(419) 734-2166
Lakeland Motel121 E Perry StPort Clinton, OH13.3 mi.(419) 734-2101
A Night Inn5410 Milan RdSandusky, OH14.2 mi.(419) 627-9770
Holiday Inn Sandusky Cedar Point Area5513 Milan RdSandusky, OH14.2 mi.(419) 626-6671
Ramada Inn Sandusky5608 Milan RdSandusky, OH14.2 mi.(419) 626-9890
Sleep Inn Sandusky5509 Milan RdSandusky, OH14.2 mi.(419) 625-6989
Best Budget Inn5918 Milan RdSandusky, OH14.4 mi.(419) 626-8148
Comfort Inn5909 Milan RdSandusky, OH14.4 mi.(419) 621-0200
Comfort Suites - Sandusky6011 Milan RdSandusky, OH14.4 mi.(419) 627-9595
Sandusky Cedar Point Travelodge5906 Milan RdSandusky, OH14.4 mi.(419) 627-8971

Kelleys Island Weather & Climate

Northwest Ohio, along Lake Erie, experiences a humid continental climate, characterized by four distinct seasons. Lake Erie moderates the climate somewhat, especially in late spring and fall. This effect is lessened in the winter when Lake Erie freezes over (unlike the other Great Lakes.) Snowfall varies greatly year to year. Thunderstorms and tornadoes are a possibility, especially in spring and summer. Summers are warm and humid. Southerly and westerly winds combined with warm surface waters of Lake Erie in summer negate the lake's cooling ability on the area, plus the lake's presence increases humidity. Autumn is the sunniest time of the year in this region, with mild days and cool nights. A jacket is recommended for fall evenings that can dip into the upper 30s to low 40s.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 30°F 18°F 1.63 in. -
February 33°F 20°F 1.45 in. -
March 42°F 28°F 2.28 in. -
April 54°F 39°F 2.98 in. -
May 65°F 52°F 3.33 in. -
June 75°F 62°F 3.49 in. -
July 81°F 67°F 3.01 in. -
August 78°F 66°F 3.43 in. -
September 72°F 59°F 3.03 in. -
October 60°F 47°F 2.48 in. -
November 47°F 36°F 2.53 in. -
December 36°F 25°F 2.13 in. -

Kelleys Island Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Cleveland Hopkins International airport (CLE) located about 46 miles southeast of Kelleys Island in Cleveland, Ohio, the Detroit Metro Wayne County airport (DTW) located approximately 53 miles northwest of Kelleys Island in Detroit, Michigan, the Mansfield Lahm Regional airport (MFD) located roughly 54 miles south of Kelleys Island in Mansfield, Ohio, and finally the Toledo Express airport (TOL) located around 56 miles west of Kelleys Island in Toledo, Ohio.

Kelleys Island Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Cedar PointSanduskyOH10.2 mi.
Putt N' Pond Speed ParkFostoriaOH47.6 mi.
JeepersClevelandOH52.9 mi.
Memphis Kiddie ParkClevelandOH52.9 mi.
JeepersLivoniaMI62.7 mi.
JeepersRosevilleMI63.3 mi.
Dover Lake WaterparkSagamore HillsOH63.3 mi.
Geauga LakeAuroraOH73.3 mi.
Six Flags Worlds of AdventureAuroraOH73.3 mi.
JeepersAuburn HillsMI80.0 mi.
Water Parks
Soak City Water ParkSanduskyOH10.2 mi.
Red Oaks WaterparkMadison HeightsMI64.7 mi.
Mohican WaterslideLoudonvilleOH70.9 mi.
Four Bears Water ParkUticaMI73.0 mi.
Geauga LakeAuroraOH73.3 mi.
Waterford Oaks County ParkWaterfordMI84.2 mi.
Wyandot Lake Amusement & Water ParkPowellOH101.3 mi.
Golf Courses
Keys Public CourseSanduskyOH10.9 mi.
Woussickett Golf CourseSanduskyOH10.9 mi.
Mills Creek Golf CourseSanduskyOH11.1 mi.
Catawba Willow Golf & Country ClubPort ClintonOH13.2 mi.
Little Nessie Golf ClubPort ClintonOH13.2 mi.
High Acres Par ThreeHuronOH16.5 mi.
Thunderbird Hills Golf CourseHuronOH16.5 mi.
Port Clinton Golf CoursePort ClintonOH17.4 mi.
Sleepy Hollow Golf CourseBrecksvilleOH20.2 mi.
Vermilion Country ClubVermilionOH21.9 mi.
Willow Creek Golf ClubVermilionOH21.9 mi.
Oak Harbor Golf ClubOak HarborOH23.2 mi.
Twin Lakes Golf CourseBellevueOH24.1 mi.
Twin Lakes Golf CourseMansfieldOH24.1 mi.
Sleepy Hollow Golf ClubClydeOH24.5 mi.
Eagle Creek Golf ClubNorwalkOH25.2 mi.
Norwalk Sycamore Hills Golf ClubNorwalkOH25.2 mi.
Green Hills Golf CourseClydeOH26.1 mi.
Sycamore Hills Golf ClubFremontOH27.2 mi.
Thornwood Golf CourseFremontOH28.1 mi.
Emerald Valley Country ClubLorainOH29.3 mi.
Ski Areas
SnowtrailsMansfieldOH58.8 mi.
Alpine ValleyChesterlandOH71.1 mi.
Alpine ValleyWhite LakeMI87.1 mi.
Mad River MountainZanesfieldOH100.6 mi.
State Parks
Kelleys Island State ParkOH1.0 mi. 
East Harbor State ParkOH6.5 mi. 
South Bass Island State ParkOH6.9 mi. 
Catawba Island State ParkOH7.5 mi. 
Crane Creek State ParkOH23.3 mi. 
Spiegel Grove State ParkOH28.1 mi. 
Maumee Bay State ParkOH34.6 mi. 
Pfizer State ParkOH34.8 mi. 
Sterling State ParkMI38.6 mi. 
Merry-Go-Round MuseumSanduskyOH10.2 mi.(History)
Historic Lyme VillageBellevueOH23.4 mi.(History)
Monroe County Historical MuseumMonroeMI41.8 mi.(History)
Toledo's AtticToledoOH43.9 mi.(History)
Toledo Museum of ArtToledoOH43.9 mi.(Art)
Wyandotte MuseumWyandotteMI48.3 mi.(History)
Cleveland Public LibraryClevelandOH52.9 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Dittrick Medical History MuseumClevelandOH52.9 mi.(Miscellaneous)
HealthSpace ClevelandClevelandOH52.9 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Cleveland Museum of Natural HistoryClevelandOH52.9 mi.(Science)
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and MuseumClevelandOH52.9 mi.(Technology)
Detroit Science CenterDetroitMI53.6 mi.(Science)
Detroit Institute of ArtsDetroitMI53.6 mi.(Art)
Detroit Historical MuseumDetroitMI53.6 mi.(History)
Dossin Great Lakes MuseumDetroitMI53.6 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
African Safari Wildlife ParkPort ClintonOH13.2 mi.
Toledo Zoological GardensToledoOH43.9 mi.
Cleveland Metroparks ZooClevelandOH52.9 mi.
Detroit Zoological ParkDetroitMI53.6 mi.
Belle Isle AquariumRoyal OakMI65.6 mi.
Belle Isle ZooRoyal OakMI65.6 mi.
Akron Zoological ParkAkronOH71.3 mi.
Sea World of AuroraAuroraOH73.3 mi.
Columbus ZooColumbusOH114.1 mi.

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