Lake Erie Islands near Cleveland, OH
Lake Erie Islands consist of the Catawba Island, Kelley's Island, Middle Bass Island, South Bass Island and Oak Point. Each of these have many fun activities and attractions to offer vacationers, tourists and campers.
Kelley's Island is 677 acres of prime land surrounding Lake Erie. With six miles of hiking trails, swimming, hunting, boating and summer nature programs opportunities, you'll be able to commune with your surroundings in a healthy, natural way that also happens to be tons of fun. In the wintertime, you can cross-country ski, ice fish and ice-skate on the glassy Lake Erie. There are campsites available with or without electricity, depending on your preference, and there are showers, toilets and trash stations available.
South Bass Island is a much more intimate space, spanning only 32 acres. It offers the same great activities as Kelley’s island plus two picnic shelters, boat and jet ski rentals, and full-service campsites. For the less-adventurous traveler, a rustic cabin caters to your indoor needs while you enjoy the treasures of the great outdoors.
The Lake Erie Islands first gained fame after the war of 1812. The weather, specifically, was excellent for growing grapes, giving the islands their nickname, “The Wine Islands.” In the late 1800s, over 1/3 of the grape products in Ohio came from the islands, with the island wines heralded as better than some of the best French wines. There are still wineries on the islands today.
The Islands today are a popular vacation spot. The five islands were added to the state park system in the 1950s.