The Lake Erie Islands Directory
Jump to fire island lighthouse photos the following section:
And take a look at "" (PDF, 65K), which contains a quick overview of the natural and artificial islands in Lake Erie.
Welcome to The Lake Erie Islands Directory page. Here, we provide links to all the sites for the islands, plus links to pictures for those islands without sites. In addition, if you click on the and links on the left edge of the page, you will find even more links to island information. And there is a separate page.
For tourist information on the area, one good link to start with is the site.
In addition to the information here, there are numerous historical biographies of listed separately. Also see our new.
We also have a page of.
Last but not least, we have a directory of sites, so take a look.
Lake Erie Island Sites and Pictures
The term "Lake Erie Islands" usually refers just to the Bass Islands (North, Middle and South) and the smaller islands near them, together sometimes called the Bass Islands Archipelago.
But the following list includes all islands normally considered to be in Lake Erie. Of all the Ohio islands below, only Gard Island, Mohawk Island, Turtle Island, Presque Isle and West Sister Island, plus the three Michigan islands listed without images, are more than ten miles from one of the Bass Islands. Also, Johnson Island is really in Sandusky Bay and not in Lake Erie, but is normally included in a list of the Lake Erie Islands.
Antique Maps of the Lake Erie Islands
Ballast Island (Ohio)
Bar Harbor Island (Ohio) - no information available
(Ohio) 1922, now just a reef visible above the water
Island (Ohio) - now permanently connected to the mainland, but originally separated by the Portage River
Cedar Point (Ohio) - There are historical references to Cedar Point having been an island as opposed to just a peninsula as it is today.
East Sister Island (Ontario)
(Michigan, near Toledo, OH) owned by the University of Toledo
Gibraltar Island (Ohio)
Green Island (Ohio)
(extinct) Gull Island Shoal (Ohio) - Gull Island was a real island 120 years ago, although just large enough for a small private picnic. The shoal, between Middle Island and Kelleys Island, is still a popular fishing spot.
Gull Island (Ontario) see Mohawk Island (Ontario)
Hen Island - & Chickens (Ontario)
Johnson's Island (Ohio) - really in Sandusky Bay and not Lake Erie proper
"Generic" Information Sites
- Lake Erie Islands Region
hosted by Ohio Sea Grant Extension
, including reefs and shoals
- at Put-in-Bay
- by Jack Qualman a/o 3/6/06
- ODNR Site
(LEWS News) Some of the newsletters mention Middle Bass
- The Best Picture Gallery
- The Most Complete Listing
at the OhioLINK Digital Media Center, including many ice pictures and pictures of early aircraft testing on the ice. Also early aerial views of Cedar Point. 194 pictures a/o March, 2003. Note: If this link doesn't work (it sometimes behaves oddly), go to the, click "Keyword", Type the word erie, select only the Charles E. Frohman collection, and click the Search button.
Lake Erie Water Forecasts and Water Levels
Personal Sites with Lake Erie Islands Pictures
Little Sister Island (Ontario) - No pictures available yet
(Ontario) - This was a separate island in the middle of the nineteenth century, as shown on numerous maps of the period, but is now connected to the mainland at Long Point, near Port Rowan and Port Dover.
(Ohio) 1905, now just a reef visible above the water
Michigan Islands in Lake Erie - Gard Island Images are listed above. However, we are missing several islands listed below. If anyone has pictures or links for those, please send us information.
Indian Island (there's actually an aerial picture of Indian Island on the satellite map showing, but until we get a better picture, we won't list this separately.)
Stony Point Island
Bass Island (Ohio) shortcut: or you can just type
Middle Island (Ontario)
(Ontario) - for a description click. To read about an attempt to sell the island in 2000, click
Mohawk Island (Ontario) (formerly called Gull Island)
There was actually a second Gull Island in Lake Erie off Lowbanks, Ontario near Port Colborne. This island is now called Mohawk Island. The Gull Island Lighthouse there was built in 1848 and decommissioned in 1969. The first lighthouse keeper was Capt. John Burgess. He came from Orkney, Scotland in 1835.
(Ohio) - a 1913 postcard
Bass Island (Isle St. George) (Ohio)
, Page 1, Middle Bass and North Bass
, Page 2, Middle Bass, North Bass and South Bass
A few pictures from 2002 are available by clicking and
with text and picture of North Bass Island (Isle St. George)
- Pictures of the North Bass Island wedding of Chester Allen and Helen Cullen on September 6, 1919.
(Ontario)- Images from July, 2003. This little island is northeast of East Sister Island, and therefore not visible from Middle Bass Island.
Presque Isle (Pennsylvania)
/ South Bass Island (Ohio) shortcut: or you can just type pib.us
Rattlesnake Island (Ohio)
Rock Island (Ontario) - This small island, not much more than a shoal the size of the Chicken Islands, is about six miles east of Mohawk Island near Port Colborne. No pictures are available.
This lighthouse sits on an artificial island built on a shoal. Six miles off Point Pelee, the first permanent light on the shoal was built in 1927 when a large crib fabricated in Kingsville was floated out, sunk and filled with rock. Note the helicopter pad on the roof. Before the lighthouse was built, ships were protected by the Southeastern Shoal Lightship.
Starve Island (Reef) (Ohio) - near the southeastern corner of South Bass Island
(Ohio and Michigan) - formerly called Turkey Island. The state line goes through the middle of the island.
- Station 45005 - W ERIE 28NM Northwest of Cleveland, OH - National Data Buoy Center
West Sister Island (Ohio)
Nearby Lake Erie Mainland Sites on the U.S. Side
Lake Erie Mainland Sites a Bit Further Away (U.S. Only)
And Finally, A Few Lake Erie Tourist Towns and Attractions in Ontario
Kingsville and Leamington are the mainland Ontario towns closest to the Lake Erie Islands, and provide ferry service to/from Pelee Island. The other towns are much further away.
is a long thin peninsula, almost an island
. Point Pelee, a 10-kilometre sandspit stretching as far south as the northern border of California, contains one of Canada's smallest but most unusual national parks.
contains many "islands" on Lake Erie that don't have names and are really just sandbars. This park is part of a 40-kilometre-long sandspit in Lake Erie which is recognized as a biosphere reserve by the United Nations.
Other Related Sites
If you have visited Middle Bass Island and have encountered the Mayfly (Canadian Soldier) swarms in May and June, you will want to look at this.
- National Weather Service
- Great 19th Century Maps of Ohio and the Lake Erie Islands, but finding them takes some searching
, Sault St. Marie, MI
) Check schedule for powerboat races and sailboat regattas
, Vermilion, OH
- With Many Wonderful Pictures of the Great Lakes
- Lake Erie WebCams - see a live view from the southern tip of South Bass Island
(Perform a search on "Middle Bass" at this site)
- Links to all online Ohio newspapers
(Windsor, Ontario) and especially, their page
Erie Canal. Proposed in 1808 and completed in 1825, the canal links the waters of Lake Erie in the west to the Hudson River in the east.
Trent-Severn Waterway - This 240 mile Lake Erie bypass connects Lake Huron with Lake Ontario and offers the opportunity of a great Lake Erie and Ontario circle tour by boat.
Welland Canal- 26 miles, 8 locks and 350 vertical feet linking Lake Erie with Lake Ontario. It is one of the outstanding engineering feats of the 20th century.. Requires 2 persons in boat going down to Lake Ontario but 3 for the upward passage
Other Historical Canals, with navigable parts
- Goes south from Toledo - Not navigable, but boat rides available on parts -
- Goes south from Cleveland - No longer fully navigable, but boat rides are available in some of the old sections.
Other Interesting "Northern" Island Sites not in Lake Erie
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Revised: 20 Jul 2010 10:14:04.
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