South Bass Island–Scheeff East Point Nature Preserve
South Bass Island
Put-In-Bay, Ohio 43456
Scheeff East Point Nature Preserve webpage
Scheeff East Point Nature Preserve map
Western Reserve Land Conservancy Parks and Preserves webpage
eBird Bar Charts by Season
The Scheeff East Point Nature Preserve is a stop on the Lake Erie Birding Trail.
About Scheeff East Point Nature Preserve
The 9-acre Scheeff East Point Nature Preserve is located on the northeastern tip of South Bass Island at the northern terminus of OH-357 (Columbus Avenue).
The preserve is a passive-use site that features a walking path around its perimeter, access to a beach and benches. Rocky shores and upland vegetation provide ample habitat for the Lake Erie water snake, migratory songbirds, waterfowl and butterflies. A complex of purple martin gourd homes is located near the parking area and tree swallow boxes are spaced along the trail and throughout the preserve’s meadows.
The preserve offers fishing and birding opportunities, shore access for paddlers and scenic views of Lake Erie and surrounding islands. A natural sandbar provides access to Buckeye Island (east) when water levels are low.
Dedicated in 2009, Scheeff East Point was the Put-in-Bay Township Park District’s first property. The land was purchased with federal Endangered Species Act funding and donations from numerous partners and many community members, including the Scheeff family.
From Lake Erie Public Access Guide
The Scheeff East Point Nature Preserve offers shoreline fishing, excellent birdwatching, and access for kayakers. Visit in the fall to experience great areas for walleye fishing. Traverse stunning trails through grasslands and young forests to reach the rocky shore, which is home to the state threatened Lake Erie water snake. This beautiful location is also a key stopover for two major eastern migratory bird flyways.
From Western Reserve Land Conservancy Parks and Preserves webpage
No restroom facilities.