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A North Bass Story That Started on Middle Bass- September 17, 2013


The Saga of the Tall Ship Friends Good Will at Middle Bass Island - Middle Bass was scheduled to have a visit from only one tall ship – the Madeline – as part of the celebration of the bicentennial of the Battle of Lake Erie.  Instead it received a visit from two: the Friends Good Will as well as the Madeline. - September 15, 2013


Middle Bass Island Summer Sunrises 2013 - Photo gallery of 11 different summer sunrises. - September 11, 2013


Back to the Wild Returns Eagle to Middle Bass Island - Nice article in the Sandusky Register on Sept. 1, with lots of photos. Also see our own photos of this event here. - September 11, 2013


Photos of Battle of Lake Erie Reenactment - Photos of the Battle and of many of the individual tall ships in the area of Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass around that time can be viewed and/or ordered at - September 8, 2013


Battle of Lake Erie Reenactment - Boating Rules -Important Rules and Regulations for boats during the Battle of Lake Erie Reenactment and around the tall ships in general. - Aug.19, 2013


John Held's Obituary -John Albert Held, 66, of Middle Bass Island and formerly of Asheville, OH died July 10, 2013. Born Dec. 13, 1946 he married Karen Lee Knode on May 13, 1967 and she survives. Mr. Held worked for Kalkan Foods in Columbus. Surviving are his wife, Karen; son, Jason (Aimee) Held of Asheville, OH; grandchildren, Morgan and Addyson. He was preceded in death by his father William J. Held. Memorial contributions may be given to Middle Bass Island Vol. Fire Department. NEIDECKER, LEVECK & CROSSER FUNERAL HOME, PORT CLINTON has assisted the family with cremation. Online condolences may be shared with the family at (Published in The Columbus Dispatch on July 17, 2013.) - July 21, 2013


Lodging Needed for Barbershop Quartets on Aug. 9-10 - The Barbershop Quartets need lodging on Middle Bass on Aug. 9-10 for their annual weekend here. The event is important to the Town Hall and the island and this year there are fewer rooms available than in the past. If you can provide paid (or free) lodging for this event, please contact Tom Evans at (419) 797-4339 (home) or (419) 265-1459 (cell). Or you can send an email to him at - July 15, 2013


Celebration of Life Reception in Remembrance of John Held on July 21 - John Held, a well-known Middle Bass Island resident and one of the senior members of the Middle Bass Island Volunteer Fire Dept., passed away on the island on the evening of July 10. There will be a Celebration of Life reception in remembrance of John Held on Sunday, July 21st from 4:00PM to 7:00PM at J. F. Walleyes. Potluck style. Everyone is welcome. Please bring a dish to share. - July 13, 2013


Mark July 5 at 8PM on your calendar: Join us at the MBI Town Hall on Friday, July 5th @ 8:00pm for wine & cheese provided by the Middle Bass Town Hall. Oh - and while you are there enjoy an island history slide show and lecture. Not your typical "lecture" either, guaranteed to knock your socks off - BYOB and a dessert to share while learning the history of YOUR island! . - June 27, 2013


Photos: The Brig Niagara Passing Middle Bass Island on Memorial Day Weekend - May 26, 2013


Most new photos since Mid-2012 are at - Links to older photos are still here. - May 22, 2013


St. Hazards is Back - St. Hazard’s on Middle Bass Island is back. Dave Magden, with the help of Patrick Bezuur, will be operating the compound and they look forward to taking it in a new direction that incorporates a European flair.
Dave Magden of Chesterland, Ohio, owns several businesses including Marine Services International, a freight forwarder. One of his side businesses included renting golf carts with Chris Zeitler at JF Walleyes. He enjoyed the time he spent on the island, and when he heard the Hazard’s property was open, he stepped up.
Having spent many years traveling Europe for his freight business, he fell in love with the European approach to dining, the core of which was flavor and sourcing locally available ingredients that were of high quality and in many cases organic.
In his travels, he had the good fortune to befriend Patrick Bezuur of Amsterdam. Patrick had many years of entrepreneurial restaurant experience. The two men have known each other for over fifteen years, decided to combine forces, and take the European concept and apply it to Hazard’s.
The first order of business? Cleanliness. The Hazard’s facilities have been thoroughly cleaned. They believe cleanliness is one of the foundations on which to build a great menu.
The vision regarding menu is to source locally produced ingredients. Per Patrick, “Our unofficial motto is ‘Food, and the stuff food eats.’ We want to mine the entire food chain for the most delicious ingredients and offer up a varied menu that reflects items available seasonally at the peak of flavor. This includes not only the produce, but meats as well. There will be some evergreen items on the menu but the menu will evolve based on what is available at the time.”
Per Dave Magden, “We kept the Hazard’s name. Over the years people have really enjoyed the venue and there is equity in the brand. Although we are keeping the Hazard’s name, we wanted to create a departure from the bar food they were known to serve. Patrick and I wanted to create a place were we wanted to eat. That means quality food, superb laid back service and an interesting bar featuring a small selection of first class wines and other sophisticated cocktails.”
Hazard’s will be open in May but a grand opening will take place on Memorial Day. Further information is available on Facebook, St Hazards. Dave and Patrick can be reached at - Contributed by Gordon Barr


Middle Bass Island 2013 Arts Week and Nature Camp Info and Registration Forms Are Available - Click for Arts Week or Nature Camp PDFs. - May 10, 2013

Middle Bass Island Write-up in May/June 2013 "Lake Erie Living" Magazine - Middle Bass Island got a bizarre write-up in the May/June edition of "Lake Erie Living" magazine in a little article that contains at a number of major errors. The magazine contains a long insert from the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association in Westlake, OH. That insert has an article on "Great Ports in a Great Lake", one of which is Middle Bass Island, and the description starts by getting the name of the island wrong. Here it is.


"MIDDLEBASS ISLAND - A quieter setting characterized by its wetlands, woodlands and glacial grooves, Middlebass Island features nearly a mile of Lake Erie's shoreline, a marina complex and the Great Lakes' oldest lighthouse in continuous operation. 'Because of its limited lodging opportunities, Middlebass Island is great for folks who want a quieter and secluded setting,' says Wisse. 'Middlebass Island's location isn't in the mainstream of Put-in-Bay or Kelley's Island, and there's a daily ferry service for those who don't own boats.' Visitors can find lodging a one of the island's 20 campground sites, or spend an afternoon on the island playing miniature golf or touring the Great Lakes' oldest lighthouse, Marblehead Lighthouse, which offers spectacular views of the lake, Sandusky Bay and Kelleys Island. One of the Ohio State Parks' newest marinas, it includes 190 boat slips, 10 of which are suitable for docking jet skis. 'The marina here gives you compete access to all of the islands, because you're right in the middle of it all,' says Wisse. 419-285-0311,"


Well, Marblehead Lighthouse has always been on Marblehead Peninsula on the mainland, and I don't think it has been moved. and Middle Bass Island does have a variety of condo, house and other rentals available for the visitor, even though it does not have a hotel or motel. You can't see Sandusky Bay from anywhere on Middle Bass Island, unless perhaps you climb to the top of the water tower. But you can see Kelleys Island and a lot of other islands. Last, I would really like to know where the line "features nearly a mile of Lake Erie's shoreline came from." I've never seen a description of a surveyed shoreline, but estimate it at 5-7 miles. The Mr. Wisse referenced is the spokesman for ODNR. The phone number listed is the one for the Middle Bass Island State Park Marina and is the island website, which I have run since 1999. - May 3, 2013


Update May 10, 2013. Just got a nice apology for the write-up in Lake Erie Living Magazine:

It was brought to my attention that we published errors in the LEMTA Boat Ohio section in Lake Erie Living in reference to Middle Bass. I wanted to reach out to express our sincere apologies for that. Those mistakes are an aberration for us, and the writer who worked on that story will no longer be writing for our publications. We always fact check our content and regrettably those items were missed in the process. We will certainly be vigilant moving forward.

Again, we regret our error.


Thank you

Jennifer Bowen Sima
Managing Editor, Special Projects

Cleveland Magazine



Middle Bass Island School Board Summer Activities - Save the Date 2013 -

  • June 17-20 Nature Camp Session 2 (Ages 6-8)
  • June 17-21 Environmental Adventure Camp 1 (Ages 9-10)
  • June 24-26 My First Nature Camp (Ages 4-5)
  • June 24-28 Environmental Adventure Camp 2 (Ages 11-14
  • July 8-13 Arts Camp Kindergarten thru 8th Grade

Registration forms will be out later this spring. If you have questions, contact Kelly Halterman at 440-748-1939 - March 1, 2013

Middle Bass Island Sunrises and Sunsets 2012 - December 16, 2012

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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

Lake Erie Islands Historical Society, Put-in-Bay


Country Cottage, 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.










The Middle Bass Island State Park Site can fill you in on the status of the new park.



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