Kelleys Island FAQS

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Kelleys Island is located in Ohio, in the western basin of Lake Erie, roughly 3.5 miles north of the Marblehead peninsula. Kelleys is the second-largest of the Lake Erie Islands, which include popular vacation destinations like Put-In-Bay, Canada’s Pelee Island, and Cedar Point Amusement Park in nearby Sandusky.

Kelleys Island can be accessed via ferry boat, private boat, or airplane.

Kelleys Island Ferry Boat Line is located at 510 West Main Street, Marblehead, Ohio 43440 and provides year-round service, weather permitting.  Accepts passengers and automobiles.   419-798-9763.

Jet Express departs seasonally from Sandusky and comes directly to the island.  Jet Express is located at 101 West Shoreline Drive, Sandusky, Ohio 44870.  Accepts passengers, no automobiles.   1-800-245-1538

Griffing Flying Service provides air service from Port Clinton and is located at 3255 E.State Road, Port Clinton, Ohio 43452.   419-734-5400

The best way to Put-in-Bay is by the Jet Express, in season. They offer an inter-island rate the will take you back and forth between Kelleys Island and Put-in-Bay and downtown Sandusky.

The best way to Cedar Point is by a Water Taxi from Seaway Marina.  Otherwise, take the Jet Express to Sandusky and contact a local taxi company for transportation to Cedar Point.

If you wish to rent a village location you need to fill out a reservation form at the Village Office. They can be contacted at 419-746-2535.

Or you can contact either of the two churches on the island to make wedding arrangements; St. Michael’s Catholic Church at 419-746-2481 OR Zion Methodist Church at 419-746-2514.

Many soon-to-be husbands and wives choose beautiful Kelleys Island for their destination weddings. The following businesses are available to help you organize your special day:

St. Michael’s Catholic Church has mass on Saturdays at 4:00 pm and Sunday at 9:00 am.

Zion Methodist Church has Sunday school at 9:30 am and worship at 10:30 am.

The Library is part of the Sandusky, Ohio, Library System: Library Hours and More Information.

There is a picnic area at the foot of the Glacial Grooves and in the Kelleys Island State Park.

Also, on Division Street, across from the Kelleys Island School, there is a State Park picnic area.

The Kelleys Island Library has computer terminals for use with internet access and the Village Pump and Seaway Marina, offer wireless internet access for free but you must have own computer or mobile device.

There are several dining establishments on Kelleys Island ranging from burgers to a fine dinner. Please check our dining section on the website.

No, but we are home to the endangered Lake Erie Water Snake.

  1. View and/or download the map from the Home Page.
  2. Ask for one at the Kelleys Island Ferry Boat ticket booth when purchasing your tickets.
  3. Get one at the Chamber office.
  4. Pick one up at various bike & golf cart rental locations.

There are no boat rentals available on Kelleys Island.  However, boat cruises and a water taxi is available.

For a listing of property for sale, contact one of our members: Berkshire Hathaway or Re/Max Beyond 2000.

The summer season brings the resident count up to approximately 1500.

There are approximately 325 residents on Kelleys Island.

 

For information on lodging allowances, please view our Lodging Grid (coming soon).

Absolutely not! It is against Ohio State law to transport firewood to the island because of the threat of the Emerald Ash Borer.

There will be a container available at the boat line dock for disposal of any wood being brought unknowingly and cars may be searched with fines as much as $4000. For information call 888-OHIO-EAB or go to www.ohioagriculture.gov/eab/

The Kelleys Island State Park offers 129 shaded campsites (no reservations). Group, rental camp sites, yurts and pet sites are also available. There are some electric hookups to individual sites. Several main shower houses are available throughout the park.

Kelleys Island State Park: 419-746-2546.

Kelleys Island has public restrooms located downtown next to the Town Hall & Police Department on Division Street and on Addison Road, next to the Municipal Building.

 

The North Shore Loop Trail travels through the North Shore Alvar State Preserve.

The North Pond State Nature Preserve is 1/4 mile east on Ward Road from Division Street.

Farther east on Ward Road is the main entrance to the numerous East Quarry Trails.

Click here for a Trail Map.

The Scheele Preserve is on Monaghan Road north of Hamilton.

The Kelleys Island State Park offers a beautiful sandy beach along the North Bay.

The only place on Kelleys Island to get a fishing license is at Portside Marina, 419-746-2668.

You can also get your fishing license online. Follow instructions and your license will be available by print from ODNR.  Click here to get your fishing license online.

Bait and tackle are available at several locations on the island:

Craft’s Lakeview Lane  419-746-2254

Portside Marina  419-746-2668

Seaway Marina  419-746-2506

Fishing is allowed at the Kelleys Island State Park. It offers a stone pier for fishing.

The Kelleys Island State Park offers no docking but one may tie off or anchor down in the bay.  All other dockage and marinas will charge for daily as well as overnight stays.

The Kelleys Island State Park, located at the northwest end of the island, offers a free double boat launching ramp and trailer parking.

Dining
There are many restaurants providing both indoor and outdoor dining experiences and offering a wide range of cuisine.  Make sure you check the Places to Eat tab under Things to Do.

Shopping
There are numerous gift shops offering a wide variety of unique items for sale on the island.  Please see our Places to Shop tab under Things to Do.

Entertainment
Bag the Moon, Caddy Shack Restaurant & Buckeye Bar, The Casino, Dockers Waterfront Restaurant & Bar and West Bay all feature live entertainment.  Other establishments have live entertainment at their special events throughout the year.  Check the Calendar of Events for more details.

History
Kelleys Island offers a wide variety of historic activities fun for all ages. One may explore the historical aspect by visiting the Glacial Groove State Memorial, Inscription Rock State Memorial, or the Kelleys Island Historical Museum & Gift Shop.  Many of the shops are housed in restored historic buildings and a tour around the island will reveal many more beautifully restored century homes.

Outdoors
For those who enjoy outdoor activity, Kelleys Island offers numerous walking trails and a newly erected boardwalk leading to the North Pond State Nature Preserve.  Also, birding is one of the favorite activities in spring and fall.  Other outdoor activities include fishing, boating, jet skiing, swimming, biking, camping, kayaking, snorkeling and scuba diving.  Kelleys Island State Park is a 677-acre state park is located on the northern shores of the island.

Beer Tasting
The Kelleys Island Brewery will be operating a craft beer tap room.

Wine Tasting
The Kelleys Island Wine Co. is a family-friendly boutique winery serving up to seven wines at a time.

Kids’ Activities
A large play area is located at the Village Pavilion near the Ball Park.  Caddy Shack Square offers miniature golf, a mining company and an arcade.  Check the Calendar of Events for special family and children’s events throughout the year.

Please check our Where to Stay page for listings of Bed & Breakfasts, Condominiums, Cottages & Private Homes, Motels & Resorts and Rooms & Suites.

The ferry does allow visitors to bring their vehicles to Kelleys Island.  A car is convenient if you plan to do a lot of travel on the island itself.  However, bicycles are available for rental by the hour, 1/2 day, full day and overnight.  Golf carts are also available for rental by the hour, 1/2 day, full day overnight and extended periods of time.  View the Bike & Golf Cart Rentals page under Things to Do for more information and locations.

The entire island measures more than four square miles and is the largest freshwater American island in Lake Erie.

The ferry ride is 20 – 25 minutes long.

The ferries run every half hour, seven days per week, in season.  Hours, in season, are generally 6 am to 11 pm weekdays, 6 am to midnight on Friday and Saturday.  Be sure to check the schedules before traveling: Kelleys Island Ferry Boat Line & Jet Express.

Kelleys Island is located in Ohio, in the western basin of Lake Erie, roughly 3.5 miles north of the Marblehead peninsula. Kelleys is the second-largest of the Lake Erie Islands, which include popular vacation destinations like Put-In-Bay, Canada’s Pelee Island, and Cedar Point Amusement Park in nearby Sandusky.

Kelleys Island can be accessed via ferry boat, private boat, or airplane.

Kelleys Island Ferry Boat Line is located at 510 West Main Street, Marblehead, Ohio 43440 and provides year-round service, weather permitting.  Accepts passengers and automobiles.   419-798-9763.

Jet Express departs seasonally from Sandusky and comes directly to the island.  Jet Express is located at 101 West Shoreline Drive, Sandusky, Ohio 44870.  Accepts passengers, no automobiles.   1-800-245-1538

Griffing Flying Service provides air service from Port Clinton and is located at 3255 E.State Road, Port Clinton, Ohio 43452.   419-734-5400

The best way to Put-in-Bay is by the Jet Express, in season. They offer an inter-island rate the will take you back and forth between Kelleys Island and Put-in-Bay and downtown Sandusky.

There is a picnic area at the foot of the Glacial Grooves and in the Kelleys Island State Park.

Also, on Division Street, across from the Kelleys Island School, there is a State Park picnic area.

The Kelleys Island Library has computer terminals for use with internet access and the Village Pump and Seaway Marina, offer wireless internet access for free but you must have own computer or mobile device.

The Kelleys Island State Park offers no docking but one may tie off or anchor down in the bay.  All other dockage and marinas will charge for daily as well as overnight stays.

Dining
There are many restaurants providing both indoor and outdoor dining experiences and offering a wide range of cuisine.  Make sure you check the Places to Eat tab under Things to Do.

Shopping
There are numerous gift shops offering a wide variety of unique items for sale on the island.  Please see our Places to Shop tab under Things to Do.

Entertainment
Bag the Moon, Caddy Shack Restaurant & Buckeye Bar, The Casino, Dockers Waterfront Restaurant & Bar and West Bay all feature live entertainment.  Other establishments have live entertainment at their special events throughout the year.  Check the Calendar of Events for more details.

History
Kelleys Island offers a wide variety of historic activities fun for all ages. One may explore the historical aspect by visiting the Glacial Groove State Memorial, Inscription Rock State Memorial, or the Kelleys Island Historical Museum & Gift Shop.  Many of the shops are housed in restored historic buildings and a tour around the island will reveal many more beautifully restored century homes.

Outdoors
For those who enjoy outdoor activity, Kelleys Island offers numerous walking trails and a newly erected boardwalk leading to the North Pond State Nature Preserve.  Also, birding is one of the favorite activities in spring and fall.  Other outdoor activities include fishing, boating, jet skiing, swimming, biking, camping, kayaking, snorkeling and scuba diving.  Kelleys Island State Park is a 677-acre state park is located on the northern shores of the island.

Beer Tasting
The Kelleys Island Brewery will be operating a craft beer tap room.

Wine Tasting
The Kelleys Island Wine Co. is a family-friendly boutique winery serving up to seven wines at a time.

Kids’ Activities
A large play area is located at the Village Pavilion near the Ball Park.  Caddy Shack Square offers miniature golf, a mining company and an arcade.  Check the Calendar of Events for special family and children’s events throughout the year.

Please check our Where to Stay page for listings of Bed & Breakfasts, Condominiums, Cottages & Private Homes, Motels & Resorts and Rooms & Suites.

The ferry does allow visitors to bring their vehicles to Kelleys Island.  A car is convenient if you plan to do a lot of travel on the island itself.  However, bicycles are available for rental by the hour, 1/2 day, full day and overnight.  Golf carts are also available for rental by the hour, 1/2 day, full day overnight and extended periods of time.  View the Bike & Golf Cart Rentals page under Things to Do for more information and locations.

The entire island measures more than four square miles and is the largest freshwater American island in Lake Erie.

The ferry ride is 20 – 25 minutes long.

The ferries run every half hour, seven days per week, in season.  Hours, in season, are generally 6 am to 11 pm weekdays, 6 am to midnight on Friday and Saturday.  Be sure to check the schedules before traveling: Kelleys Island Ferry Boat Line & Jet Express.

There is a picnic area at the foot of the Glacial Grooves and in the Kelleys Island State Park.

Also, on Division Street, across from the Kelleys Island School, there is a State Park picnic area.

The Kelleys Island Library has computer terminals for use with internet access and the Village Pump and Seaway Marina, offer wireless internet access for free but you must have own computer or mobile device.

The Kelleys Island State Park offers no docking but one may tie off or anchor down in the bay.  All other dockage and marinas will charge for daily as well as overnight stays.

The Kelleys Island State Park, located at the northwest end of the island, offers a free double boat launching ramp and trailer parking.

Dining
There are many restaurants providing both indoor and outdoor dining experiences and offering a wide range of cuisine.  Make sure you check the Places to Eat tab under Things to Do.

Shopping
There are numerous gift shops offering a wide variety of unique items for sale on the island.  Please see our Places to Shop tab under Things to Do.

Entertainment
Bag the Moon, Caddy Shack Restaurant & Buckeye Bar, The Casino, Dockers Waterfront Restaurant & Bar and West Bay all feature live entertainment.  Other establishments have live entertainment at their special events throughout the year.  Check the Calendar of Events for more details.

History
Kelleys Island offers a wide variety of historic activities fun for all ages. One may explore the historical aspect by visiting the Glacial Groove State Memorial, Inscription Rock State Memorial, or the Kelleys Island Historical Museum & Gift Shop.  Many of the shops are housed in restored historic buildings and a tour around the island will reveal many more beautifully restored century homes.

Outdoors
For those who enjoy outdoor activity, Kelleys Island offers numerous walking trails and a newly erected boardwalk leading to the North Pond State Nature Preserve.  Also, birding is one of the favorite activities in spring and fall.  Other outdoor activities include fishing, boating, jet skiing, swimming, biking, camping, kayaking, snorkeling and scuba diving.  Kelleys Island State Park is a 677-acre state park is located on the northern shores of the island.

Beer Tasting
The Kelleys Island Brewery will be operating a craft beer tap room.

Wine Tasting
The Kelleys Island Wine Co. is a family-friendly boutique winery serving up to seven wines at a time.

Kids’ Activities
A large play area is located at the Village Pavilion near the Ball Park.  Caddy Shack Square offers miniature golf, a mining company and an arcade.  Check the Calendar of Events for special family and children’s events throughout the year.

Please check our Where to Stay page for listings of Bed & Breakfasts, Condominiums, Cottages & Private Homes, Motels & Resorts and Rooms & Suites.

The ferry does allow visitors to bring their vehicles to Kelleys Island.  A car is convenient if you plan to do a lot of travel on the island itself.  However, bicycles are available for rental by the hour, 1/2 day, full day and overnight.  Golf carts are also available for rental by the hour, 1/2 day, full day overnight and extended periods of time.  View the Bike & Golf Cart Rentals page under Things to Do for more information and locations.

Kelleys Island can be accessed via ferry boat, private boat, or airplane.

Kelleys Island Ferry Boat Line is located at 510 West Main Street, Marblehead, Ohio 43440 and provides year-round service, weather permitting.  Accepts passengers and automobiles.   419-798-9763.

Jet Express departs seasonally from Sandusky and comes directly to the island.  Jet Express is located at 101 West Shoreline Drive, Sandusky, Ohio 44870.  Accepts passengers, no automobiles.   1-800-245-1538

Griffing Flying Service provides air service from Port Clinton and is located at 3255 E.State Road, Port Clinton, Ohio 43452.   419-734-5400

The best way to Put-in-Bay is by the Jet Express, in season. They offer an inter-island rate the will take you back and forth between Kelleys Island and Put-in-Bay and downtown Sandusky.

The Kelleys Island State Park offers no docking but one may tie off or anchor down in the bay.  All other dockage and marinas will charge for daily as well as overnight stays.

The ferry does allow visitors to bring their vehicles to Kelleys Island.  A car is convenient if you plan to do a lot of travel on the island itself.  However, bicycles are available for rental by the hour, 1/2 day, full day and overnight.  Golf carts are also available for rental by the hour, 1/2 day, full day overnight and extended periods of time.  View the Bike & Golf Cart Rentals page under Things to Do for more information and locations.

The ferry ride is 20 – 25 minutes long.

The ferries run every half hour, seven days per week, in season.  Hours, in season, are generally 6 am to 11 pm weekdays, 6 am to midnight on Friday and Saturday.  Be sure to check the schedules before traveling: Kelleys Island Ferry Boat Line & Jet Express.

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