Kelley’s Island


kellesVisit this beautiful island in the Lake Erie Basin, just 12 miles from Sandusky, Ohio and only 4 miles north of the Marblehead Peninsula for a variety of activities including fishing, boating, snorkeling or just strolling through our many quaint island shops.

The island is accessible via ferry, private boat or airplane. Kelley’s Island Ferry Boat Line offers daily passenger and auto service hourly. Enjoy the refreshing 20 minute ferry ride, and rent a golf cart or bike on shore for island touring. You are also welcome to bring your own bikes. The island offers 30 miles of roads that are excellent for bike riding.

The 18 miles of shoreline on Kelley’s Island offer sandy beaches for sunbathing and swimming. Scuba dive or snorkel the waters surrounding the island to explore over 50 shipwrecks preserved by the cool freshwater lakes. Or grab your fishing pole and fish for some of the best walleye, perch and bass around. The island is often called the “walleye fishing capital of the world”. Fish from our stone pier or rent a boat. Charters are available, and our many bait shops offer fishing licenses and supplies. The island offers full service dockage for boaters.

Take the family and enjoy our many interesting shops – everything from fudge and ice cream shops to unique gift and collectibles. Play a round of miniature golf, try your luck at video games, or enjoy a picnic at many locations around the island including the state park.

Nature offers many attractions on the island including the Glacier Grooves Memorial, a unique formation of grooves in native limestone bedrock. The island is perfect for birders, look carefully and you may catch a glimpse of a bald eagle or osprey, and at night you may hear the hoot of a great horned owl. Butterflies are abundant on the island in our rich flora and fauna. Walk quietly at dusk or dawn and you may catch a glimpse of a white tailed deer.

With the island just twelve miles from Sandusky, it is a perfect addition to your next Cedar Point vacation. Book a room or suite at South Shore Inn and enjoy a fun and relaxing Lake Erie vacation!

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