North Bass Island
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About North Bass Island
The island can be accessed by private boat, charter, or aircraft. There is no scheduled ferry service to the island.
The 593 public acres on North Bass Island help preserve Lake Erie’s largest undeveloped island as a wildlife area and state park. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources owns and manages 87 percent of the 677-acre island.
As part of a comprehensive vision for resource protection and recreation across the entire Lake Erie Islands region, North Bass Island State Park is only open to primitive camping with a special permit, hiking, picnicking, biking, wildlife watching and similar low-impact outdoor pursuits. Fishing is allowed in appropriate places along the island’s 4.1 miles of public shore.
In the future, trails are planned to connect key points of interest including the island’s historic chapel and cemetery, and landmarks such as the Simon Fox and Gottesman houses. ODNR continues to lease 38 acres to Sandusky’s Firelands Vineyard to preserve North Bass Island’s cultural fabric and history of vineyards and winemaking.
North Bass Island, also known as Isle Saint George, is the northern-most island in Ottawa County. It is located 18 miles from the Ohio mainland and less than 2 miles from the Canadian border. There is no ferry service to North Bass Island. The island is only accessible via airplane and personal watercraft.
The public areas on North Bass Island were purchased with state funds and grants from the Department of the Interior Land and Water Conservation Fund and the Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program, which is now administered by the ODNR Office of Coastal Management.
From North Bass Island State Park website
Restrooms located at the south end of the island.