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Middle-Bass-Island is an island in Lake Erie and belongs to the state of Ohio. A small town named Middle Bass is on the island. The permanent, year-round population is approximately 100 residents, although that number grows to about 1,500 during the summer months. Middle Bass Island is an 805-acre island, shaped like the Big Dipper, and part of the Lake Erie archipelago. Nearby islands include South Bass Island (Put-in-Bay), Pelee Island and Kellys Island. When French explorer, Robert La Salle landed on what is today Middle Bass Island, he promptly named it Isle des Fleures (the Floral Island) for the abundance of wildflowers growing there. That name remained for almost 200 years until the island was acquired by a German count in 1856. The Germans started using the island for grape cultivation and by 1875, the winery on the island was the largest producer of wine in the United States. This tradition continued for many years and the wineries were compared to those of the German Rhineland. In 2001, the winery was purchased by the state of Ohio and the Middle Bass Island State Park was formed. Middle Bass is not as "touristy" or as visited as its nearby neighbor, Put-in-Bay (South Bass Island.) In addition to the state park, the island features a small resort, a restaurant/bar and a general store. Middle Bass Island is reached by ferry that leaves Catawba Island on the Ohio mainland. It makes a quiet, less crowded base from which to explore the other Lake Erie islands and coastal villages.

Surrounding areas: Put-in-Bay, Ohio (2.1 mi), Catawba Island, Ohio (7.0 mi), Kelleys Island, Ohio (7.8 mi), Lakeside, Ohio (10.1 mi), Marblehead, Ohio (10.5 mi), Port Clinton, Ohio (13.6 mi), Sand Beach, Ohio (15.7 mi)

Middle Bass Island Vacation Rentals

Middle Bass Island Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Park HotelPut In Bay, OH (419) 285-3581
Perry Holiday Motel99 Concord AvePut In Bay, OH2.4 mi.(419) 285-2107
Fountain Inn Motel225 Maple AveLakeside, OH10.0 mi.(419) 798-4461
Holiday Inn Express50 Ne Catawba RdPort Clinton, OH11.1 mi.(419) 732-7322
Days Inn Port Clinton2149 E Gill RdPort Clinton, OH12.6 mi.(419) 734-4945
Best Western Port Clinton1734 E Perry StPort Clinton, OH12.8 mi.(419) 734-2274
Country Hearth Inn1815 E Perry StPort Clinton, OH12.8 mi.(800) 282-5711
Harbormaster Motel1735 E Perry StPort Clinton, OH12.8 mi.(419) 734-5633
Comfort Inn1723 E Perry StPort Clinton, OH12.9 mi.(419) 732-2929
Phils Inn1704 E Perry StPort Clinton, OH12.9 mi.(419) 734-2912
Fairfield Inn3760 E State RdPort Clinton, OH13.1 mi.(419) 732-2434
Commodore Perry Inn & Suites255 W Lakeshore DrPort Clinton, OH13.4 mi.(419) 732-2645
Island House Hotel102 Madison StPort Clinton, OH13.6 mi.(419) 734-2166
Lakeland Motel121 E Perry StPort Clinton, OH13.6 mi.(419) 734-2101
Our Guest Inn2039 E HBR RdPort Clinton, OH13.6 mi.(419) 734-3000
Sleep Inn Suites947 State Rte 53 NPort Clinton, OH13.6 mi.(419) 732-7707
Holiday Inn Express55131/2 Milan RdSandusky, OH16.9 mi.(419) 624-0028
Sandcastle Suites HotelSandusky, OH16.9 mi.(419) 627-2112
Erie Islands Resort & Marina4495 W Darr-Hopfinger RdPort Clinton, OH17.0 mi.(800) 999-3743
Rodeway Inn1021 Cleveland RdSandusky, OH17.3 mi.(419) 527-2884
Comfort Inn Cedar Point Maingate1711 Cleveland RdSandusky, OH17.8 mi.(419) 625-4700
Days Inn North1932 Cleveland RdSandusky, OH17.9 mi.(419) 625-1333
Econo Lodge1904 Cleveland RdSandusky, OH17.9 mi.(419) 627-8000
Quality Inn & Suites1935 Cleveland RdSandusky, OH17.9 mi.(419) 626-6761
Howard Johnson Express Inn2809 Milan RdSandusky, OH18.3 mi.(419) 626-3742
Rodeway Inn Cedar Point2905 Milan RdSandusky, OH18.4 mi.(419) 625-1291
Vacation Inn2218 Cleveland RdSandusky, OH18.5 mi.(419) 625-6542
Econo Lodge3309 Milan RdSandusky, OH18.8 mi.(419) 626-8720
Knights Inn2405 Cleveland RdSandusky, OH18.8 mi.(419) 621-9000
North Coast Inn Inc3304 Milan RdSandusky, OH18.8 mi.(419) 626-6766
Quality Inn And Suites3306 Milan RdSandusky, OH18.8 mi.(419) 626-6766
Clarion Inn Sandusky1119 Sandusky Mall BlvdSandusky, OH19.3 mi.(419) 625-6280
Days Inn4315 Milan RdSandusky, OH19.8 mi.(419) 627-8884
Holiday Inn Sandusky Cedar Point Area5513 Milan RdSandusky, OH21.3 mi.(419) 626-6671
Sleep Inn Sandusky5509 Milan RdSandusky, OH21.3 mi.(419) 625-6989
A Night Inn5410 Milan RdSandusky, OH21.4 mi.(419) 627-9770
Ramada Inn Sandusky5608 Milan RdSandusky, OH21.4 mi.(419) 626-9890
Best Budget Inn5918 Milan RdSandusky, OH21.5 mi.(419) 626-8148
Comfort Inn5909 Milan RdSandusky, OH21.5 mi.(419) 621-0200
Sandusky Cedar Point Travelodge5906 Milan RdSandusky, OH21.5 mi.(419) 627-8971

Middle Bass 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. -

Middle Bass Island Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Detroit Metro Wayne County airport (DTW) located about 46 miles northwest of Middle Bass Island in Detroit, Michigan, the Toledo Express airport (TOL) located approximately 52 miles west of Middle Bass Island in Toledo, Ohio, the Cleveland Hopkins International airport (CLE) located roughly 52 miles southeast of Middle Bass Island in Cleveland, Ohio, and finally the Willow Run airport (YIP) located around 53 miles northwest of Middle Bass Island in Detroit, Michigan.

Middle Bass Island Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Cedar PointSanduskyOH16.9 mi.
Putt N' Pond Speed ParkFostoriaOH48.1 mi.
JeepersLivoniaMI55.0 mi.
JeepersRosevilleMI56.7 mi.
JeepersClevelandOH58.8 mi.
Memphis Kiddie ParkClevelandOH58.8 mi.
Dover Lake WaterparkSagamore HillsOH70.0 mi.
JeepersAuburn HillsMI72.8 mi.
Geauga LakeAuroraOH79.8 mi.
Six Flags Worlds of AdventureAuroraOH79.8 mi.
Water Parks
Soak City Water ParkSanduskyOH16.9 mi.
Red Oaks WaterparkMadison HeightsMI57.6 mi.
Four Bears Water ParkUticaMI66.2 mi.
Waterford Oaks County ParkWaterfordMI76.8 mi.
Mohican WaterslideLoudonvilleOH78.3 mi.
Geauga LakeAuroraOH79.8 mi.
Wyandot Lake Amusement & Water ParkPowellOH106.3 mi.
Golf Courses
Catawba Willow Golf & Country ClubPort ClintonOH13.6 mi.
Little Nessie Golf ClubPort ClintonOH13.6 mi.
Port Clinton Golf CoursePort ClintonOH16.2 mi.
Mills Creek Golf CourseSanduskyOH17.4 mi.
Keys Public CourseSanduskyOH17.6 mi.
Woussickett Golf CourseSanduskyOH17.6 mi.
Oak Harbor Golf ClubOak HarborOH21.3 mi.
Sleepy Hollow Golf CourseBrecksvilleOH24.1 mi.
High Acres Par ThreeHuronOH24.2 mi.
Thunderbird Hills Golf CourseHuronOH24.2 mi.
Sleepy Hollow Golf ClubClydeOH27.7 mi.
Sycamore Hills Golf ClubFremontOH28.1 mi.
Sugar Creek Golf CourseElmoreOH28.6 mi.
Twin Lakes Golf CourseBellevueOH28.9 mi.
Twin Lakes Golf CourseMansfieldOH28.9 mi.
Chippewa Golf ClubCurticeOH29.0 mi.
Thornwood Golf CourseFremontOH29.2 mi.
Green Hills Golf CourseClydeOH29.4 mi.
Vermilion Country ClubVermilionOH29.4 mi.
Willow Creek Golf ClubVermilionOH29.4 mi.
Ski Areas
SnowtrailsMansfieldOH65.6 mi.
Alpine ValleyChesterlandOH76.7 mi.
Alpine ValleyWhite LakeMI79.5 mi.
Mad River MountainZanesfieldOH103.3 mi.
State Parks
South Bass Island State ParkOH3.1 mi. 
Kelleys Island State ParkOH7.5 mi. 
Catawba Island State ParkOH8.1 mi. 
East Harbor State ParkOH9.8 mi. 
Crane Creek State ParkOH18.7 mi. 
Spiegel Grove State ParkOH28.9 mi. 
Maumee Bay State ParkOH29.0 mi. 
Sterling State ParkMI31.2 mi. 
Pfizer State ParkOH33.8 mi. 
Merry-Go-Round MuseumSanduskyOH16.9 mi.(History)
Historic Lyme VillageBellevueOH28.3 mi.(History)
Monroe County Historical MuseumMonroeMI34.4 mi.(History)
Toledo's AtticToledoOH38.6 mi.(History)
Toledo Museum of ArtToledoOH38.6 mi.(Art)
Wyandotte MuseumWyandotteMI40.8 mi.(History)
Detroit Science CenterDetroitMI46.5 mi.(Science)
Detroit Institute of ArtsDetroitMI46.5 mi.(Art)
Detroit Historical MuseumDetroitMI46.5 mi.(History)
Dossin Great Lakes MuseumDetroitMI46.5 mi.(History)
Plymouth Historical MuseumPlymouthMI58.5 mi.(History)
Cleveland Public LibraryClevelandOH58.8 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Dittrick Medical History MuseumClevelandOH58.8 mi.(Miscellaneous)
HealthSpace ClevelandClevelandOH58.8 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Cleveland Museum of Natural HistoryClevelandOH58.8 mi.(Science)
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and MuseumClevelandOH58.8 mi.(Technology)
Zoos and Aquariums
African Safari Wildlife ParkPort ClintonOH13.6 mi.
Toledo Zoological GardensToledoOH38.6 mi.
Detroit Zoological ParkDetroitMI46.5 mi.
Belle Isle AquariumRoyal OakMI58.4 mi.
Belle Isle ZooRoyal OakMI58.4 mi.
Cleveland Metroparks ZooClevelandOH58.8 mi.
Akron Zoological ParkAkronOH78.7 mi.
Sea World of AuroraAuroraOH79.8 mi.
Potter Park Zoological GardensLansingMI115.2 mi.
Columbus ZooColumbusOH119.4 mi.

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