Fall is the proper time to camp at Ohio’s Lake Erie islands

A clifftop campsite at South Bass Island State Park offers magnificent views - just watch your step.

SANDUSKY — Summer time could also be virtually gone, however don’t stash that tent within the attic simply but. 

Early fall is a terrific time for tenting in Ohio, particularly on or close to the state’s Lake Erie islands. This time of yr, cooler climate, smaller crowds (of each individuals and bugs) and beautiful fall foliage add to the attract of crashing waves, plentiful wildlife and a scrumptious really feel of isolation, all simply a few hours from dwelling.

A number of Ohio State Parks provide tenting on the islands or the adjoining shore. Reservations may be made at www.reserveohio.com.

Most Ohio State Park campgrounds have places for RVs large and small, some with full hookups.

South Bass Island alternatives

South Bass Island State Park (www.ohiodnr.gov/go-and-do/plan-a-visit/find-a-property/south-bass-island-state-park)is positioned on the quiet aspect of the island, reverse Put-in-Bay, the island’s enjoyable and generally rowdy little city.

Though a slower tempo arrives with chilly evenings, there may be nonetheless loads to see and do on South Bass in autumn, together with two wineries, quite a few bars and eating places and Perry’s Victory and Worldwide Peace Memorial, a Nationwide Park Service website.

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And the state park campground makes the proper base for exploration. 

About 130 electrical, non-electric and full hookup RV websites can be found, with about half the websites reserved for tent tenting.

The sun sets behind Green Island as seen from the campground at South Bass Island State Park.

The tent websites positioned alongside the park’s lake cliffs present a few of the greatest views in your entire park system, with a panoramic vista of Lake Erie; the mainland round Port Clinton; and close by Inexperienced Island, a nationwide wildlife refuge. (Campsite 97 is perhaps my favourite.)

Campsites can be found by means of Oct. 24 and should be reserved upfront.

Attending to South Bass is straightforward aboard the Jet Categorical (www.jet-express.com), a passenger ferry out of Port Clinton (service is proscribed to Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting Sept. 25 by means of Oct. 30); or Miller Boat Line (www.millerferry.com), a passenger and automobile ferry service leaving from Catawba a number of instances every day. 

A tent is perched atop the lakeside cliff at South Bass Island State Park.

What’s taking place at Kelleys Island?

Kelleys Island, the biggest island within the state, has a status for being extra restrained than South Bass Island, however, like its neighbor, affords wineries, eating places, museums and retailers aplenty.

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Kelleys Island State Park (www.ohiodnr.gov/go-and-do/plan-a-visit/find-a-property/kelleys-island-state-park) has a lakeside campground with greater than 120 electrical, nonelectric and full-hookup websites. Like South Bass, the Kelleys Island campground affords bathe homes with flush bathrooms.


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