Oak Point State Park Put-in-Bay
Oak Point State Park has the honor of being the smallest park in Ohio’s state park system. Measuring in at 1.5 acres, this little waterfront gem is a lovely spot to visit while on Put-in-Bay. Despite its small size, it offers a wide range of facilities for boaters, picnickers, and sightseers alike. It’s a great place to enjoy spectacular views of Lake Erie and Put-in-Bay Harbor. This is also a peaceful place to watch the sunrise coming from the eastern banks of Lake Erie if you are able to get up that early after a fun night out at Put-in-Bay.
Oak Point State Park Particulars
Oak Point State Park is situated just a half a mile from downtown Put-in-Bay on Bayview Avenue. It is on the northwest side of the island it can be an enjoyable walk of you can easily get there on a Put-in-Bay Golf Cart Rental. Nearby, you will find the Put-in-Bay Yacht Club, Kayak the Bay, and the Aquatic Visitors Center a part of Stone Labs Ohio State University complex. A convenient circular loop provides easy access for boaters and is a turnaround for the famous Put-in-Bay Antique Car Parade held each Sunday afternoon in season.
Oak Point State Park Activities
Over twenty boat docks are available for either daily or overnight rentals. The docks are served on a first come first serve basis A ranger will be available to collect dock fees upon your arrival. There are modern and new restroom facilities located on site as well as ample parking. This is an affordable option for those wishing to be close to downtown yet enjoy the quiet solitude of being away from the nightlife. These docks are known for low-key quiet time.
If you want to enjoy a little Put-in-Bay fishing, you will find the seawall and the sidewalk along with the shore ideal for catching smallmouth bass, bluegill and sunfish. You might even catch a Lake Erie Yellow Perch the best-eating fish in all of Lake Erie and highly sought after. If you really want to go out after the big ones consider a Put-in-Bay Fishing Charter which departs just down the road from your location. One family fun activity that is perfect for Oak Point State Park is the old fashioned family picnic. Several Put-in-Bay Restaurants including the Blue Marlin Grill and the Put-in-Bay Pizza Company offer convenient carryout and delivery with a wide variety of foods perfect for an afternoon lunch along the waterfront. There is an ample supply of picnic table available free of charge.
South Bass Island State Park
Also located at Put-in-Bay Ohio is the crown jewel of the Ohio Parks System the South Bass Island State Park. The park features a bathing beach, boat ramp, primitive and full hook-up campsites and cabinettes which are drawn for by lottery. The park has a well-landscaped playground for kids, Jet Ski Rentals and is located next to the 9-hole Saunders Golf Course a challenging walking Par 3 course. The picturesque cliffs make for a wonderful backdrop for camping and the sunsets from the park are simply amazing and a must see. There is ample parking for both golf carts, cars, and boat & trailer rigs. Nearby there are several Put-in-Bay Trails and Preserves that you can explore and hike!