Miller Ferry To Put-in-Bay & Middle Bass Islands
Miller Ferry is one of two providers of ferry transportation to South Bass and Middle Bass Island from their dock in Port Clinton, Ohio. The ferry service is capable of carrying vehicles, trailers, passengers, and more and is a vital part of the supply chain for our small island community.
The ferry boat service typically runs from late March or early April to December or January, depending on weather conditions and ice formation. During winter months, essential items like mail and milk are flown in by airplane to South Bass Island. Most of the island’s resorts, hotels, condos, and home rentals operate on the same seasonal schedule.
The Miller Ferry service is reasonably priced and operates every half hour during peak times, making it convenient for families to come and go as they, please. Upon arrival at Lime Kiln Dock on Put-In-Bay, guests can easily explore the island’s scenic beauty and charming atmosphere.
The ferry service operates throughout the season and provides easy access to Put-In-Bay events and festivals.
The Miller Ferry service also allows guests to bring their cars or vehicles to the island, although parking is very limited. Guests are encouraged to park their vehicles on the mainland and take advantage of the free parking offered by the Miller Ferry company.
On busy days such as weekends and holidays, same-day round trips for vehicles may not be permitted.
Visit the Miller Ferry website for the latest schedule and updates on the newest addition to their fleet.
Explore The Miller Ferry Fleet
The Miller Ferry company has expanded its fleet with the latest addition of the Motor Vessel Mary Ann Market. This new passenger and vehicle ferry features cutting-edge boating technology and can transport up to 600 passengers simultaneously.
The Put-in-Bay Extension is the second newest ferry in the fleet and was upgraded in the 2009/2010 offseason with a 40-foot steer midsection, which allows it to carry up to 26 vehicles and 600 passengers. The Motor Vessel Put-in-Bay, which was completed in 1997, has a capacity of 500 passengers and is equipped with twin 3412 DITA Caterpillar boat engines with 1300 horsepower.
The M/V William Market, built in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, in 1993, can carry up to 500 passengers. The Motor Vessel South Bass, constructed in Cleveland in 1983, has twin 3412 DITA Caterpillar engines with 1240 horsepower and can transport up to 500 passengers.
Finally, the oldest vessel in the Miller Ferry’s fleet, the M/V Islander, was built in 1983 and has twin Detroit Diesel engines with 700 horsepower and can accommodate up to 450 passengers.
Miller Ferry Ticket Prices & General Information
The Miller Ferry to Put-in-Bay offers one-way fares for different types of passengers and vehicles. Adults can travel for $8.50, while children between 6-11 years old pay only $1.50. Children under six years old can travel for free.
Bicycles can be transported for $2.50, and cars cost $20.00. Motorcycles cost $16.00 to be transported. Please note that the vehicle fare is not included in the passenger fare, and the bike/luggage rack will cost extra.
The Miller Ferry is committed to providing safe and reliable transportation for various vehicles, including automobiles, recreational cars, motorcycles, and boats on trailers to Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass Island. It is important to be aware of the guidelines for bringing a vehicle, such as not allowing open alcoholic beverages and containers onboard.
No reservation is needed for vehicles traveling to Put-in-Bay, as they are transported on a first-come, first-served basis, except for commercial vehicles that are over one-half ton, which must make reservations at least one day in advance.
During the Fall and Spring schedules, vehicles must be in line for departure before 5:00 pm on weekdays and 4:00 pm on Sundays and Holiday Mondays. During the Summer schedule, vehicles must be in line for departure before 6:00 pm each day. Peak demand periods should be avoided, such as Friday afternoons/evenings and Sundays and Holiday Mondays.
Miller Ferry provides wheel chocks and two tie-downs for motorcycles. However, the captain has discretion over carrying motorcycles during high winds or rough seas. Customers are permitted to bring two 5-gallon approved containers of gasoline or propane, but these must be stored inside the vehicle.
No gasoline/propane containers may be carried on as a passenger. Trucks with saddle tanks in the pickup bed are not permitted due to US Coast Guard regulations.
Customers are advised to set the emergency brake on their vehicle after boarding the ferry. Smoking is prohibited onboard the ferry and in shelter houses. Please note that schedules are subject to change without notice, and Miller Ferry reserves the right to limit the number of vehicles if necessary to accommodate more passengers.