Middle Bass Island

Middle Bass Island: Address, Middle Bass Island Reviews: 3.5/5

Middle Bass Island
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A quieter island than its neighbor to the south, the island houses historic Civil War-era wineries.
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Rich I
Charleston, WV27 contributions
Small, quiet, good kayaking, nice biking but really small island. Beautiful state park - formerly the Lonz Winery. Three restaurants and one general store. Lots of history!
Written July 18, 2020
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Dayton, OH32 contributions
We were lucky enough to have done some research and stayed with Middle Bass Rentals instead of the only other hotel on Middle Bass Island. We stayed in Condo #105. Apparently they are right there on the premises with Hazards but one condo to another is night and day. We were very happy with how clean our unit was. It was perfect for my husband and myself and had a beautiful porch with table and chairs that overlooked Lake Erie. They left us a bottle of the Lonz wine which was a really nice and unexpected touch plus the shuttle was free to and from the condo to JF Walleyes and to the ferry. JF Walleyes was great. Loved the clean pool with grotto and waterfall. Food was really good and tiki shop was even a nice treat. Just make sure if you arrive later in the day during the week that you think ahead for breakfast. There is no where on the island that serves breakfast during the weekdays and the market closes early. Chris the owner of Walleyes shuttled us the night we got there and made a call to the market owner and she came down and opened up for us so we could get what we needed. The island is actually really nice and I enjoyed the "island hopping" and we spent the day at Put In Bay which is just a short ferry trip over on the SS Ferry. So the deal is- if you do go to Middle Bass, just be sure to stay with Middle Bass Rentals if you want a clean room and good service. And don't forget to check out Walleyes- it felt like we were on a tropical island :)
Written August 5, 2011
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Port Clinton, OH2 contributions
Many people come to Middle Bass Island because they do not know there is a difference between Middle Bass and Put in Bay. They are two totally different places. They book at Middle Bass because it is cheap thinking that they got a "deal" when they really thought they were staying at Put in Bay. Put in Bay weekend rentals are around $1300 for the weekend and Middle Bass around $450 for the weekend. You get what you pay for. Middle Bass does not have the plush accomodations or near the attractions that Put in Bay has, but then again you are not paying for that. If you want a quiet, relaxing short vacation where it is kid friendly and cheap, you will find that Middle Bass is what you are looking for. Yes, the villa's do have some bugs, but you are on an island in the summer during the heat of mayfly and mufflehead season, what do you expect.. If you don't know what mayflies and muffleheads are, then do your homework before you vacation to Ohio Islands. I have been to Middle Bass several times for a relaxing time away from the chaos that Put in Bay has to offer, and it does just the trick for a relaxing time by the pool listening to the live entertainment at Hazards or JF Walleye's.
Written June 7, 2011
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Jessica L
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This was an absolute trip from hell. I went with my kids that range from 7-16. We had never gone to this island before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. My airbnb host said that we didn't need to bring our vehicle, because the island was small. That was TERRIBLE advice. You 100% need some form of transportation. I had previously looked up St. Hazards and saw that patrons can rent a golf cart. There are no instructions or way to reserve online, so I figured that you must reserve in person. Well, I visited the office at 9:30 am to find it closed and there were no posted hours of operation. I returned at 10:40 am to be told that they didn't have any carts available, because they had RESERVATIONS to fulfill. There are bikes to rent, but you have to go through the state park. Those bikes have to be returned by the end of the business day, 4 pm and they only have adult sized bikes. Our trip was from Monday to Wednesday and that just so happened to be when Walleye's was closed as well as the winery. (the winery was open on Wednesday, but we left that day, so it didn't benefit us at all). During this time of year and the days that we were taking the ferry, there were only 3 trips to the mainland from Middle Bass. One must be exactly early. The water taxi was down for repairs, according to the Facebook page. However, a flyer at the General Store relayed that there is another water taxi. Be aware that cash is the only form of payment accepted for the water taxis. The pool at Hazards was nice and my kids had a blast in it. I have 3 kids that are younger teens and they were pretty bored. The younger kids were ok, but there wasn't much to do here. Swimming in the pool, going to the beach and then eating out at the general store was about all that there was to do for a family. In summary, if this will be your first trip, be prepared to suffer a learning curve as most businesses here are on "Island Time". Also, consider visiting any duration, Thursday-Sunday. The only way I would ever go back is if I bought a place here.
Written July 16, 2022
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The Ferry over is awesome, but only runs a few times a day. Everyone is super nice, and you can walk or golf cart most places. I recommend leaving your car on the mainland. It is a very quiet, peaceful place to relax.
Written July 10, 2022
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Honolulu, Hawaii, United States5 contributions
I am very disappointed with how this island is unfairly being reviewed and classified the same as "Saint Hazards." Let me clarify what this island is about.

Middle Bass Island is a small, quiet, island in the middle of Lake Erie. This island has many waterfront property ownership opportunities, a few small restaurants, a General Store, and a new state park that the state has been pumping millions of $'s into, and the results are paying off. A new marina has recently been constructed, and more restaurants/lodging will be available by the state park in the near future.

Summer daytime activities can range from bike riding, fishing, boating, jet skiing, swimming, golf cart rentals (great way of getting around the island), a private golf course, and so much more. Sunsets are fantastic in the evenings. There are 3 restaurants on the island: J.F. Walleyes, The General Store's Pizza Shop/Bar, and Saint Hazards. Staying for several days, Saint Hazards has rentals, but it seems that many are disappointed when staying with them. However, there are other rental options the island! There are daytime and overnight dockage options at the Middle Bass Island Yacht Club (member of ILYA) and State Park.

The island to the south (known as Put-in-Bay) has many other family friendly daytime activities, restaurants/bars, and fantastic nightlife especially on the weekends. Ferry boat services between the islands run consistently throughout the week, and late on weekends.

I have grown up coming to Middle Bass, and my family has had a home there for over 20 years. The islanders are a close-knit community and are welcoming to visitors. I look forward to every summer that will be enjoyed at this treasure of a place. In conclusion, do not be discouraged by the low ratings when considering Middle Bass Island, just be cautious about staying with Saint Hazards.
Written November 23, 2014
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Cincinnati3 contributions
St Hazards Resort on Middle Bass Island has been one of the WORST places I have ever stayed. They advertise their rental properties as Villas, however they are nothing more then brightly painted trailers that are completely disgusting and infested with bugs on the inside. We rented two trailors for the weekend and in one of the trailors we saw a cockroach crawling on the stove and mouse droppings on the floor. There was also a huge stain on the carpet of the upstairs "loft" (which is actually a crawl space) that we could only attribute to vomit or blood. There were also dead gnats and mosquitos all over the bathroom and a posted cleaning schedule indicated that the trailer hadn't been cleaned since 2000.

The resort staff was also very unhelpful and was more interested in personal telephone calls and internet surfing then helping you with whatever you needed. We had to argue with them for about 20 minutes before they would agree to contact the owner of the trailer to help us get the electricity turned on. They initially told us that there was nothing they could do to help us and we were just going to have to live without the electricity.

I highly recommend that you NEVER step foot on St. Hazards resort on Middle Bass Island. It will NOT be a pleasant experience.
Written June 27, 2007
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Uhrichsville, OH22 contributions
St. Hazards Resort offers people a MUCH cheaper alternative to the lodging on Put-n-Bay. They have many small cabins and villas to rent as well as tent camping areas and places to park your camper or travel trailer. They also have some waterfront condos to rent on the water (the beach still needs some work so don't plan on swimming here or anything).They do NOT have a minimum number of nights to stay like most of the places on Put-n-Bay. We LOVE hanging around the St. Hazards pool & Tiki Bar, especially when they have live music playing on the weekends. If you are a picky person who complains about everything, this is not the place for you. But if you are a fun loving person who enjoys a tropical atmosphere and comes prepared with your own towels, sheets, & blankets, you will have a great time at this resort! The bartenders are great at the Tiki bar and their prices are reasonable. You can tell that the owner has really tried to establish a Key West/St. Bart's tropical atmosphere.

We usually take our car over on the Middle Bass ferry which is about a 40 minute ferry ride...so beautiful and relaxing. There is a clean, small general store with its own small restaurant on the island. There is also a tropical restaurant called J F Walleyes which offers great food, drinks, and a shallow depth pool with a waterfall that is absolutely stunning...it also feels like you are at a tropical resort.

There is a small ferry that you can take over and back to Put-n-Bay...about 10 minutes and $6 each way. Great way to enjoy PIB without the huge price tag which is usually attached. We have come to Hazards at least once a summer for the past 15 years. Sometimes several times a summer...with our kids and then just with adults sometimes. All of our friends enjoy it (35 to 45ish) and look forward to coming here.

Please ignore the bad reviews...some people are never happy and obviously do not investigate a place thoroughly before they go. We have stayed in the condos, villas, cabins, and camped here and have NEVER been disappointed because we ALWAYS bring our own towels, sheets, etc. We enjoy music and having drinks around the pool; we don't expect plush bedding, new furniture, etc. for the price that we pay here instead of staying on PIB. We love St Hazards, Middle Bass Island, and its easy access to PIB.
Written January 14, 2015
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Marcia S
silver lake, ohio15 contributions
Went for dinner. We heard new ownership and good food. Food was decent but nothing special and service was horrid. There are no printed menus. When we asked our server the cost, her reply was "I don't know". Stupidly, we stayed. My husband had lamb shanks;I had a falafel burger so I thought- can't be that bad. WELL, my plain falafel burger, stuck between a cheapo hamburg bun, without any condiments or toppings, was $25.00! Meals were accompanied by a small helping of steamed, plain veggies - no bread, rolls, water. We had to ask for table service and condiments, poured sugar from the bowl and stirred creamer with fingers for coffee. My wine was in a plastic cup. Eventually received 3 spoons, each with a small dollop of mustard, mayo and something else unknown. Lamb shanks $30.00. When paying fine dining prices, service caliber should be on par with that experience. I spoke to the owner - rude, loud, arrogant and condescending. We paid the bill and will NEVER be back. We had friends coming in for the weekend and planned to have a big night out dinner with them there. It's a good thing we tried it beforehand.
Written July 7, 2013
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Pennsylvania4 contributions
Avoid Middle Bass Island and the horrible Murd House from Dieperink Rentals. We are not a fussy family, but we were completely appalled by the condition of Murd House. None of the dishes in this rental house were clean; we saw mice on several occasions in the kitchen, the house smells bad, the shower/bath was covered in mold. This does not even touch on the flaking paint, stained carpets, and complete lack of amenities such as lightbulbs! The second bathroom is a joke - it is a toilet in a closet off the kitchen with no door. After we thoroughly cleaned the house, we stayed for our two nights. I would never go back and would recommend that you avoid this dump as well. There is very little to do on Middle Bass Island though we did enjoy riding bikes and using the kayaks we brought.
One of my sisters decided to rent a place at St. Hazards to accommodate her dog. This place felt like a fraternity party with people drinking beer from 9am in the morning. Not a place for families or children.
Written August 4, 2010
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