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Island Docks from Roesch's Marina For Sale on eBay - The listing runs until Jan. 4, 2009 - December 26, 2008


First Ice in the New Marina - Pictures Taken December 8, 2008. - Posted December 15, 2008


Middle Bass Island "Golden Eagle Island Classic" Press Release  - The Cleveland Blues Base Ball Club would like to announce the 1st annual "Golden Eagle Island Classic" vintage base ball tournament.  The tournament will feature three games to be played at the ball field on Middle Bass on Saturday, August 29th, 2009, beginning at 12:30. - November 30, 2008


Waterfront Condo on Middle Bass For Sale at Auction Friday Nov. 28 - The live auction will begin at 7:30 p.m. - Fremont News-Messenger - November 27, 2008


Water in the New Marina! - State Park Marina - New Construction Photos - The day we have all been waiting for. - November 14, 2008


The Up and Up Club Historic Photo Gallery - A great find. Wonderful pictures of North Bass Island, Put-in-Bay, Rattlesnake Island, Johnson's Island and more, all from 1916-1922, taken by a member of the Up and Up Club on North Bass. - November 6, 2008


Key West of the Great Lakes - NY Times article that mentions Middle Bass Island - November 6, 2008


State Park Marina - New Construction Photos - Plus more pictures of the New (Replacement) Eagle's Nest -Photos from Nov. 3-5. - November 5, 2008. Updated November 6, 2008


PIB rejects 2 levies, approves liquor option - Voters defeated a proposed 1-mill, five-year renewal tax levy for the Put-in-Bay Port Authority for the operation of airports on South Bass, Middle Bass and North Bass Islands. - Port Clinton News Herald, November 5, 2008


Middle Bass Island State Park Marina Updates from ODNR - November 4, 2008


Little Known Long Point - Including a rare mention in the news of Millionaire's Island in Lake Erie which we list in our article "How Many Islands Are There in Lake Erie", but which does not appear on any maps. - Nov. 3, 2008


Interesting Update on Increased Traffic in the Erie Canal - Nov. 3, 2008


Middle Bass Island State Park Marina Updates from ODNR - October 30, 2008

State Park Marina - New Construction Photos - Plus a Picture of the New (Replacement) Eagle's Nest - October 27, 2008

Levies, liquor license up for vote - The Put-in-Bay Township Port Authority is asking for a 1-mill renewal levy for the operation of the airports on South Bass, Middle Bass and North Bass islands. - October 27, 2008

April Fool's Page Updated with Disclaimer - I just found out that college students writing papers on Middle Bass Island didn't realize that the page was an April Fool's page. So I added a note. - October 2, 2008

Middle Bass Photo Wins "Life on Lake Erie" Photo Contest You can view the photo here. - Port Clinton News Herald, October 1, 2008

State Park Marina - New Construction Photos - September 23, 2008

Public invited to presentation in Marion on Thursday 9/25 on work at Middle Bass Island State Park - Marion Star, September 23, 2008

Scientists monitor growing Lake Erie algae bloom - Also see the Plain Dealer article. There is another interesting article Marine Debris Will Likely Worsen In The 21st Century that is mostly about ocean problems, not Great Lakes problems, but many of the conclusions apply to the lakes also. There's  a link to the full free National Academy of Sciences report at the bottom. Last, while I normally wouldn't post anything political, the article Sarah Palin's Dead Lake is probably of interest to most visitors to this site. And if you don't like the article, you will probably like some of the responses to it. - September 20, 2008. Updated September 22, 2008

Sunrise and Sunset Photos - All taken on September 17, 2008


Our Live News Feed is Working Again - Our feed reader "broke" as a result of some changes we made last spring. We had never been happy with it, and took time to research other RSS feed readers that load faster and provide better formatting. Check out the item about the $300 million resort planned for Pelee, in which the 600 slip marina will have 150 spaces for transient boats and 450 permanent spots. - September 17, 2008


State Park Marina - New Construction Photos plus Pictures of Island Storm Damage Last Night - September 15, 2008


Middle Bass Island Death Records - Online at Tribute.com, a new site for U.S. death records. You can also view Put-in-Bay records, if you enter the city name without dashes. - September 15, 2008


State Park Marina - New Construction Photos - September 11, 2008


Rattlesnake Island Revealed - Great Expose at the Cleveland Free Times. Some of the information was taken from the Ottawa County Auditor's site, which can also be used to look up Middle Bass information. Also see the Rattlesnake Island Club website. - September 10, 2008


State Park Marina - New Construction Photos - September 7, 2008


Island Aerial Photos by Dairy Air Bob - September 7, 2008


So What’s Going on with the Snakes on Middle Bass? by Kristin Stanford - September 3, 2008


North Bass Island Fly-In Fundraiser on Saturday, September 6. - The North Bass Island Church is hosting a Fly-In as a fund raiser on Sept. 6 between 11 and 4 o'clock. This will be a great way to get away from it all and enjoy our unique community. There will be lunch available for purchase, along with drinks and goodies to snack on, some island crafts for sale, and every hour starting at 11:30 the island historian (Robin Burris-Cadez) will be giving cemetery walks discussing the rich history of the island. The church will be open during the tour, as well as the little one room school. Maps will be handed out at the runway for those who might like to walk around and see more of the island. We hope to see all of you pilots there. - September 3, 2008


Sonny Schneider Passed Away on September 1. A Memorial Service Will Be on Friday, September 5 - Charles E. "Sonny" Schneider, Jr., whose family started and still operates the Sonny-S ferry to Put-in-Bay, died on September 1. Services will be held at the Middle Bass Town Hall on Friday September 5th at 10:30 am.  The Miller Ferry boat will leave Catawba for Middle Bass at 0845 and again at 0915.  Click here for the revised obituary.
     Also see this page for information about the death of Sonny's father in 1955 as well as links to more family info. - September 2, 2008. Updated September 3, 2008. Obituary link updated September 4, 2008


Boat Sinks in Schoolhouse Bay on Labor Day - September 1, 2008


State Park Marina - Aerial Pictures Taken Labor Day - September 1, 2008


Lake Erie Islands - Aerial Pictures Taken on Labor Day - September 1, 2008


Design a Middle Bass Flag Contest - The Middle Bass Island Town Hall is sponsoring a contest for a flag design that could become the "Flag of Middle Bass Island." The selected graphic will be professionally depicted on a banner that will be flown beneath the American flag on the new Town Hall flag pole.

    The new flag will be presented to the MBI community at a dedication ceremony in 2009 on a date to be determined. Submit your design with suggested colors as you see MBI and your contact information by February 1, 2009 to Middle Bass Town Hall, PO Box 58, Middle Bass, OH 43446.

    All entries become the property of Town Hall. If you have any questions contact Barbara Goist by email at barbaragoist@yahoo.com. - August 31, 2008


Storm Watch - This site has more hurricane and storm projection data than you will ever need, we hope. - August 31, 2008


News For Lakefront Property Owners - The Ohio Lakefront Group (OLG) held a meeting on Aug. 26 in Port Clinton and delivered an excellent presentation (PPT, 7MB) with lots of news and information. - August 30, 2008


Middle Bass Island State Park Marina Updates from ODNR - August 29, 2008


State Park Marina Photos and News, August 24 - August 24, 2008. Main text updated; caption of the one panorama image updated August 29, 2008


Web Site Updates - An addendum to Green Island history linking it to the Manhattan Project during World War II, and an expanded and improved Lake Erie Islands bibliography with a number of new items listed. - August 27, 2008. Green Island History Updated Again on August 28, 2008


State Park Marina Photos From the Past Month, From ODNR - August 24, 2008


State Park Marina Photos, August 15-August 19 - August 22, 2008


State Park Marina Photos, July 25-August 9 - Added August 17, 2008 and updated with more pictures on Aug. 22


Michael Gora Will Be Signing His New Book on Island History in Sandusky and Marblehead on Saturday, Aug. 23 - Michael Gora, Middle Bass Island webmaster and historian, will be signing his new book "Early Adventures at Put-in Bay, Middle Bass and Johnson's Island" at the Sandusky Library in Sandusky at 11AM. He will also be signing it at the Ex Libris bookstore in Marblehead at 1PM. - August 19, 2008


North Bass Island Historical Tour 2008 - August 17, 2008


Jim Bretz Obituary - James L. Bretz, 81, of Middle Bass Island, died Thursday August 14, 2008 at Edgewood Manor Nursing Center in Port Clinton. He was born December 17, 1926 on Middle Bass, the son of Leslie J. and Florence B. (Potts) Bretz who operated the Bretz Winery on the island. Graveside services will be 11 am Monday at the cemetery on Middle Bass Island. Port Clinton News Herald. (In 2003, we posted many of Jim's family photos on this site.) August 16, 2008

Barbershop shows this weekend on islands - "The Lake Erie Islands will be ringing with barbershop harmony the evening of Friday and Saturday... The Saturday performance will be the 62nd annual Middle Bass barbershop concert will take place at the town hall." - Port Clinton News Herald, August 7, 2008


Mussel Building on Middle Bass - More detail on the fish and mussel deaths in the marina, and on the rescue efforts. - Sandusky Register, August 2, 2008


Middle Bass Island construction kills 1,300 fish, 3,800 mussels - According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, "Contractors draining water to expand the new Middle Bass Island State Park Marina apparently went too far July 16, killing an estimated 1,300 fish and 3,800 freshwater mussels. The fish and large mussels were stranded in oxygen-depleted shallow water behind retaining walls built to expand the Lake Erie marina." - Cleveland Plain Dealer, July 30, 2008


New Book "Legends of Catawba" - "Legends of Catawba" is a book about the history of the Catawba Cliffs area on Catawba Island and about the area around the cliffs. It is edited by Don Rhodes, Catawba Island historian and proprietor of the Ottawa City General Store on NW Catawba Road about half a mile from the Miller Ferry. It is available only at that store. - July 27, 2008


New Tall Ship "Oliver Hazard Perry" planned by Newport, RI Group - The hull to be used was originally "intended to become a replica of the Detroit, one of the British ships that Perry defeated in earning the nickname the 'Hero of Lake Erie'.” July 27, 2008


New Aerial Photos of Middle Bass Island - July 21, 2008


An East Point Wedding - The marriage of Jennifer Lynn Beachy and Brett Richard Chaney on Middle Bass Island. - July 19, 2008


Middle Bass Island State Park Marina Updates from ODNR - De-watering started on July 11! News items posted May 9, May 22, June 1, June 7, June 23, July 12, July 18, 2008


State Park Marina De-Watering Photos - Pictures from July 13 after about 48 hours of drainage. And more pictures from the "north shore" of the marina taken July 16 with drainage fairly complete- July 13, 2008 and July 16, 2008


I-LYA Junior Sail Regattas in Schoolhouse Bay - July 14, 2008


Annual Sunset Cruise and Pig Roast, July 12, 2008 - Pictures of the Benefit Cruise for the Middle Bass Island Volunteer Fire Department. - July 13, 2008


On This Day in History, July 11, 1919 - Hon. Isaac Sherwood of Ohio gave a lengthy speech in the House of Representatives defending the Lake Erie Islands wine and grape industries against the possibility of Prohibition. With a statement by George Lonz of Middle Bass Island. (PDF, 8MB, 15pp) - July 11, 2008


J.F. Walleye's- "A Best Kept Secret" - Nice article on the new Blue Lagoon, a large pool plus waterfalls for swimming added recently at J.F. Walleyes restaurant on Middle Bass. Coincidentally, my wife and I had dinner there last night, outdoors at one of the new poolside tables for the first time, to enjoy the perfect weather. It was a perfect evening. - July 10, 2008


Church of Middle Bass - Pictures of the July 6 Service Celebrating Independence Day Weekend - July 6, 2008


The Three Young Eagles - July 1, 2008


Brig Niagara in Schoolhouse Bay Near Ballast Island - On three separate days. June 25, June 30, and July 1, 2008


This website was moved to a new hosting platform on Sunday, June 29. We managed the move with no downtime and no lost emails. Since we moved from a Linux server to a Windows server, we had to change the calendar we are using. Take a look at the new Middle Bass Island Calendar that is hosted by Google. - June 30, 2008


This web site will be down this weekend for awhile. We're finally moving middlebass.org to a new hosting platform as well as to a new registrar this coming weekend. For the past week, I had been unable to publish the "Boat Runs Aground at Burgundy Bay" article below due to technical difficulties. The 8-year-old platform has been causing intermittent problems for years. Either Friday night 6/27 or Saturday night 6/28, the site will be down for 2-6 hours. Email sent to middlebass.org email addresses during that time may be lost. - June 23, 2008


Lake Erie Monster Finally Found?- Huge 1000 pound sturgeon caught in Lake Erie near Wheatley, ON east of Point Pelee. The article spells the name of the town incorrectly. - June 22, 2008


Boat Runs Aground at Burgundy Bay - June 1, 2008 - Posted June 16, 2008


Explorers find 1780 British warship in Lake Ontario - For pictures, also see the article at Shipwreck World about this - June 13, 2008


Lake Erie water snakes are making a comeback - "Lake Erie water snakes -- now some 12,000 strong on the islands where it is illegal to kill them and where they enjoy several hundred acres of protected habitat -- are likely to come off the federal 'threatened species' list soon, experts say." Cleveland Plain Dealer - June 8, 2008




Amber Slinky Alert - Infant Lake Erie water snakes are being abducted by an unknown predator. June 3, 2008


Snakes alive! And she wants them to stay that way - Sandusky Register - June 1, 2008


New Book Now Available

by Michael Gora


with evidence that the name Put-in-Bay was originally used for the harbor now called Burgundy Bay on Middle Bass Island, when Sugar Island was still connected to Middle Bass Island in the 18th century. - May 30, 2008


On This Day in History, May 30, 1786 - 222 years ago today, David Zeisberger left the Lake Erie Islands after spending a month mostly on Middle Bass Island. His diary entries about this visit are in my latest book shown above. - May 30, 2008


Assorted Photos: The Dock, Turtles, Eagles and Snakes - May 29, 2008


Middle Bass Snake Census Starts - see the pictures. - May 27, 2008


Middle Bass Island State Park Marina  Construction Photos Taken Memorial Day - May 26, 2008


Marina Excavation Costs at $5.3 Billion -  according to this otherwise great article in the Toledo Blade, which probably meant to say $5.3 million. The article states "ODNR expects to spend $5.3 billion to excavate the marina basin; $3.3 million to build new docks; $3.3 million to install utilities; $3 million to build a new harbor master's office, rest rooms, and staff housing, and $1 million to eventually renovate the historic winery buildings. " The total cost seems to be $15.9 million, and the May 22 article below states that $4 million may be approved this week. Is that enough to complete the excavation, let alone finish the new marina? - May 25, 2008


Middle Bass Island Volunteer Fire Department Open House - plus assorted snake, raccoon and marina news - May 25, 2008


Google-Based Middle Bass Island Email and Customizable Home Page Available - May 23, 2008


Middle Bass Photographer Decorates Axel & Harry's Restaurant on Put-in-Bay - Put-In-Bay's Axel & Harry's restaurant owner Bill Blumensaadt recently commissioned Middle Bass resident photographer Roman Sapecki to produce one of his classic images "Shadows of the Niagara" for his newly renovated dining area. The 40"x 54"photograph is a powerful juxtaposition of Perry's Monument and the tall ship Niagara at dawn. Favored seating within the restaurant allows for uniquely stunning views of the Monument echoed by the highly graphic image. - May 23, 2008


$4 Million Proposed for Middle Bass Island State Park Marina - May 22, 2008


2008 MBI Arts Week, July 14-19, 2008 - Info and Registration Form - May 15, 2008


2008 MBI Nature Camp, June 16-19 and 23-26, 2008 - Info and Registration Form - May 15, 2008


On This Day in History - May 7, 1889 - Two shipwrecks on Starve Island were caused by the cutting down of some trees on South Bass Island. - May 7, 2008


Great Lakes Aerial Photos - with some nice pictures of South Bass Island and Middle Sister Island.  (The Middle Sister pictures are incorrectly described as East Sister). How many pictures of the Benson Ford on Put-in-Bay can you find? - April 30, 2008


April Wildflowers on North Bass Island - April 28, 2008


Comprehensive April Island News - April 24, 2008


Lake Erie Watersnake Newsletter - Request for Articles - April 22, 2008



A New Book to be Released in Mid-May, 2008

by Michael Gora

posted April 19, 2008

Elderhostel Event: Snakes of the Lake Erie Islands with a focus on LEWS - Share an Intergenerational Day of Discovery at Put-in-Bay on Saturday, August 23, 2008 with your grandchild and gain a new appreciation for snakes! Explore the habitat of snakes in Lake Erie and participate hands-on in the conservation efforts made to improve their numbers. We think this will fill up rather quickly as the limit is set at around 20 participants, so anyone interested in participating should register very soon. Also see the Respect the Snake site. - April 12, 2008

No Passport Needed to Fish in Canada - Anglers on charter and pleasure boats do not need passports or other documentation to fish in Canadian waters, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman said Tuesday. - Port Clinton News Herald, April 9, 2008

Middle Bass Island Ferry Starts Tomorrow, April 4, a week late because of ice - April 3, 2008

Tribe Loses Lawsuit for Right to Fish Lake Erie - Toledo Blade, April 3, 2008

Aerial Pictures of Island Ice from February - March 19, 2008

Ed Gudenas ends 10 years in Euclid City Hall - Gudenas said he will be busy working at a vacation spot he owns on Middle Bass Island. He said he was leaving public life with a proud list of accomplishments. - March 10, 2008

Coast Guard Rescues Ice Fishermen Near Middle Bass - The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two ice fishermen who became lost in whiteout conditions Saturday on the west side of South Bass Island between Rattlesnake Island and Middle Bass Island. - March 9, 2008

Middle Bass School Board Summer Activities

June 16-19

Nature Camp, AM, ages 6-8

Environmental Adventure Camp, PM, ages 9-10

June 23-26

My First Nature Camp, AM, ages 4-5

Nature Camp, AM, ages 6-8

Environmental Adventure Camp, 2 PM, ages 11+

July 14-19

Arts Camp, Kindergarten thru 8th grade

Mark your calendars and watch for registration forms this spring. Contact Kelly Halterman at (440) 748-1939 with questions. - February 23, 2008

The Berdan Cottages in the Middle Bass Club, as Seen From Rehberg Hall - Last fall I posted a puzzle picture, with two prizes for identifying the picture. But I forgot to post the solutions. Here they are. - February 19, 2008

February Items from 1887 and 1945 - A great winter picture from February 12, 1945, and a rare item from 1887. - February 12, 2008

New Year's Party Update - First the first time ever, a Middle Bass New Year's Eve Party last Dec. 31 at J. F. Walleyes restaurant on Middle Bass. This event is expected to become an annual one, replacing the party at the Town Hall that was held in past years.? Chris Zeitler and Marika Gross, who operate Walleye’s, considered it a community event, and spent 3 times as much money as it brought in. They flew in a 7 piece band, which took two full airplanes, with the help of Tom at Griffing Air. They served a Prime Rib Dinner, with cheesecake for desert, and gave all that attended a collector champagne glass engraved with "2008 New Years" and "Walleyes" on it. They also gave each couple a bottle of champagne and had a beautiful toast at midnight. The customary tradition of a balloon drop at midnight was carried out with help from the Town Hall and John Glauser. The celebration also had a 50-50 raffle with proceeds to benefit the Town Hall and Fire Department. Jimmy Wolf, a former islander and employee of Karl Schmidlin, won the 50-50, and donated the entire amount back to the island!  All together about 60 people were in attendance, and we believe everyone had an outstanding time. Walleyes is sure they will be doing this again for 2009. Middle Bass Rentals, which represents properties on the island, was able to rent units for the evening for folks interested in the event. - January 16, 2008


Elections board closes precincts on Middle, North Bass - Starting in March, residents on Middle and North Bass islands must vote either by absentee ballot or travel to a polling site on South Bass Island. The Ottawa County Board of Elections has decided to close the precincts on Middle Bass and North Bass because too few Middle Bass residents volunteered to work the polls. Port Clinton News Herald, Dec. 28, 2007- posted January 16, 2008


Middle Bass Island Yacht Club Updates - please see the latest newsletter - January 16, 2007

Ferry still running at P-I-B - The ferries are running to Put-in-Bay -- at least for now. "This is a question we get asked regularly this time of year --the season where traditionally we should be setting up ice shanties and adding a few freshly caught walleye on the table," said Julene Market of the Miller Boat Line. Port Clinton New Herald, January 11, 2008

Travelers to Canada, Mexico can apply for passport alternative - The State Department says it will begin accepting applications Feb. 1 for passport cards as alternatives to passports for Americans who travel to Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. The wallet-sized cards will be available to U.S. citizens by this spring. USA Today, January 11, 2008

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My Sweetest Libbie

A heart-warming true story of island life in 1886-87, never published before. MORE INFO


The limited edition Middle Bass Postcard Poster that was available at the artist's fair at Aunt Irma's at the beginning of August, 2004 is still available, by special order only.






Lake Erie Islands: Sketches and Stories


Major book about Lake Erie Islands History. MORE INFO





Lonz of Middle Bass - Reprint/Update of 1982 book.

All books are available at

My Aunt Irma's, Middle Bass


Lake Erie Islands Historical Society, Put-in-Bay


Maritime Museum, Vermilion


Maritime Museum, Sandusky


Border's stores in the Cleveland area


Ottawa City General Store, Catawba Island


Ex Libris book store, Marblehead


and at a number of other retail locations.


Or click on the link to order on the web.




Four Other Books in the Middle Bass Web Store - When did you last have the opportunity to buy 3 different books with "Middle Bass" in the original historical title (in addition to the Lonz of Middle Bass book mentioned above)? All 3 are reprints and have great pictures, but none of these has ever been reprinted before. The 4th is a Port Clinton reprint, but with a full-page ad for Wehrle's on Middle Bass that we have touched up and put on the back cover. Three of the books have LOTS of Put-in-Bay pictures. The books are also available at the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society on Put-in-Bay.


"Middle Bass, Ohio 1877-1977" Centennial Booklet from 1977.


"Lake Erie Islands: Put-in-Bay, Gibraltar, Middle Bass, Kelley's Etc." 1886 picture book.


"Nichol's Handy Guide Book to Put-in-Bay, Middle Bass and Kelley's Island", a delightful tourist guide from 1888, newly typeset.


"Illustrated Port Clinton and Environs" with sections on Port Clinton, Catawba and Put-in-Bay, and a full page ad for Wehrle's Hall. From 1898.









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