"Whether My mystery shell in this large block of limestone is the inside view of a Rafinesquina ponderosa, a form of brachiopod (not the same as a clam), about 450 million years old. The central indentations are muscle scars. It was puzzling to me that the brachiopod would be there because most of the fossils on that beach are more recent, but Marvin tells me those big blocks were brought in from somewhere else. That may explain it. The coral that we wet down to take a better look at is Eridophyllum seriale, dating back between 400 and 360 million. Needless to say, the water temperature was much warmer then, to support all the corals you will see on Kelleys Island and--I love this part--the land we think of as "Ohio" was near the Equator. Isn't life interesting?" --Carolyn McPherson
If you enjoy pitching horseshoes or playing volleyball, visit the Kelley’s Island Wine Company on Woodford Street. The friendly competition of both these sports, combined with opportunities to be with family and friends and be outdoors, make them ideal activities while you are on Kelleys Island.
Hunting & Trapping Kelleys Island has limited hunting grounds. Details are available at the Kelleys Island State Park Office, telephone 419 746-2546.
Miniature Golf & Video Games In the downtown area there is an 18-hole mini golf course at Caddy Shack Square. This is the place to go to play video games, too.
What better way to celebrate summer than to take the kids on a picnic! Besides the picnic area and picnic shelter at the Pavilion Ball Park, there are places to picnic on the grounds of Kelleys Island State Park.
Playgrounds There are two playgrounds, one at the Pavilion Ball Park on Addison Street and the other at the Kelleys Island School. (Map 5)
Relaxation is probably the most popular island activity. It doesn’t get much better than reading a good book while rocking in a porch chair or lying in a hammock! Each person can discover their own way to rest one’s weary bones and cleanse the soul!
The romantic notion of sailing is as true today as it has been throughout maritime history. Out on the water, in harmony with the natural forces, sailing provides different things to a myriad of people. Western basin sailing is both rewarding and filled with beautiful natural sites. End your sailing day by mooring in a protected bay on Kelleys Island.
With 17 miles of shoreline, a host of changing vistas awaits paddlers as they circumnavigate Kelleys Island. Start your paddle at the Kelleys Island State Park’s sandy beach and explore the island as you go around the island.
Six miles of scenic trails give visitors access to the island’s outstanding natural features. First, the East Quarry Trail cuts a grid-like pattern through the maze of brush and woods surrounding an old stone quarry and its water-filled east end, Horseshoe Pond. A good time to hike this trail is in the morning when deer and numerous birds are more active. Next, the North Shore Loop Trail is beautiful anytime but, perhaps, is at its best as the sun sets behind the Bass Islands and Perry’s Monument. This trail parallels a moss-covered rocky limestone shelf area recently classified as an alvar ecosystem because of its unusual plant. The newest addition to the trail system is a boardwalk at North Pond, a natural estuary south of the state park campground.The Kelleys Island State Park provides information concerning the various park trails.
There’s a saying that anyone can water ski, if they have the will to give it a try. So, if you have urge, you can try this exhilarating sport on your next visit to Kelleys Island! The Kelleys Island State Park Bay is ideal for calm water skiing-please respect anchored boats and Swimming Areas.
Watching Kelleys Island offers endless opportunities for viewing wildlife, everything from birds and butterflies to resident deer and coyote. (When driving the roads at dawn and dusk, exercise caution because white-tailed deer are the most active at these times.) Night sounds include howling coyotes chiming in with hooting Great-horned Owls. Of course, remember another island specialty, the Lake Erie Water Snake. With less than a world population of two thousand individuals, your best chance to see this reptile is on Kelleys Island. Watch for the occasional Osprey or Bald Eagle and, during the nesting season, the abundant Yellow Warbler and the more secretive Yellow-billed Cuckoo.
For more Information:Kelleys Island Bird and Natural History