The Put-in-Bay Kayak Rendezvous held on South Bass Island in Ohio is Lake Erie’s most prestigious kayaking event. With more than 100 kayakers from the tri-state region and beyond, it offers a unique opportunity for paddling, camping, exploring, and socializing on the islands in the western basin of Lake Erie.
The annual event takes place on the second weekend following Memorial Day, and the South Bass Island State Park is the venue for this gathering. The kayaking community comes together to have an enjoyable weekend with fellow enthusiasts. While we emphasize fun and camaraderie, we prioritize safety above everything else. Paddlers are urged to design their own water-based activities while participating in our land-based social events.
The Bass Islands boast an abundance of breathtaking views that are perfect for kayaking. If you’re new to kayaking, you can start by exploring the scenic Put-in-Bay Harbor. For those with intermediate skills, there are miles of picturesque island coastlines to explore. Experienced Kayak Rendezvous paddlers can take on the challenge of exploring dozens of open water crossings between the islands. Check out our paddling page for some great destination ideas for your upcoming weekend.
Accommodations for the Kayak Rendezvous at South Bass Island are plentiful, catering to all types of paddlers. For those who prefer a rugged outdoor experience, camping at the South Bass Island State Park is a great option. The park offers excellent amenities, and the cliff-side campsites offer breathtaking island views. For those who want closer to civilization, downtown offers numerous lodging options, including Put-in-Bay hotels, bed and breakfasts, and vacation rentals.
Getting to South Bass Island is easy. Paddlers can cross from the mainland or take the Miller Ferry, which also serves as a reliable safety option in case of bad weather during the event. Once on the island, paddlers can choose from a wide range of paddling opportunities, including the beginner-friendly Put-in-Bay Harbor, miles of scenic coastline for intermediate paddlers, and open water crossings between islands for the more experienced.
Join us at the Kayak Rendezvous and discover the beauty and adventure of the Erie Islands! If you can’t make this weekend’s fun events, check out the upcoming Put-in-Bay Pirate Fest