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South Bass Island Lighthouse

South Bass Island Lighthouse History

For many decades the South Bass Island Lighthouse guided mariners thru the South Passage of the Bass Islands. Plans for construction called for the lighthouse to be located on the Northern end of the island. Shortly thereafter, Lieutenant Charles T. Platt decided that the Southern end of the island would be a more effective location for the lighthouse.  Construction began shortly thereafter.

The lighthouse was constructed at a cost of $8600 after a lengthy delay to raise the necessary funds. The forty-five-foot tall structure is constructed out of red brick and features a twelve-foot square tower. The South Bass Island Lighthouse was opened to the public in 2007 and is operated by the Ohio Sea Grant who also operates the Aquatic Visitors Center near the downtown area.

South Bass Island Lighthouse Tour Information

From early June until October each year, the South Bass Island Lighthouse is open for tours. Interested parties should contact the Stone Lab Bayview Office to schedule group tours which are offered from April to November by appointment. Those taking the tour will enjoy the educational and historical information provided as well as the stunning view looking out over the Lake Erie shoreline.

The grounds of the South Bass Island Lighthouse are open to the public from dawn to dusk. On occasion, the lighthouse grounds may be closed for private events. The grounds make an excellent backdrop for a picnic lunch from one of the many Put-in-Bay Restaurants