WHERE IS KELLEYS ISLAND?
Kelleys Island is located in the western basin of Lake Erie, about four miles north of Marblehead and twelve miles from Sandusky. Kelleys Island is in Erie County in the state of Ohio.
HOW DO I GET TO KELLEYS ISLAND?
Kelleys Island can be accessed via ferry boat, private boat, or airplane.
Kelleys Island Ferry Boat Line is located in Marblehead and provides year round service, weather permitting : 419-798-9763.
Jet Express departs from Sandusky and comes directly to the island. 1-800-245-1538
Griffing Flying Service provides air service from Port Clinton,Oh. 3255 E.State- 419-734-5400
WHERE ARE THE FERRY DOCKS?
Kelleys Island Ferry Boat Line is located at 510 West Main Street.
Marblehead,Ohio (Rt. 163)
HOW LONG IS THE FERRY RIDE?
The Ferry ride is 20 - 25 minutes long. The Jet Express takes 20 minutes from Sandusky.
HOW OFTEN DOES THE FERRY RUN?
The ferry runs every half hour, seven days per week, in season. Hours, in season, are generally 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. weekdays, 6 a.m. to 12 midnight on Friday and Saturday. Be sure to always check the schedule before traveling.
HOW BIG IS KELLEYS ISLAND?
The entire island measures more than four square miles and is the largest freshwater American island in Lake Erie.
DO I NEED TO BRING MY CAR OVER?
The ferry does allow visitors to bring their vehicles to Kelleys Island. A car is convenient if you plan to do a lot of travel on the island itself. However, there are bicycle rentals readily available throughout the island and downtown area. Golf cart rentals are readily available at the Caddy Shack, Seaway Marina,The General Store and The Casino.
WHERE DO I STAY ON KELLEYS ISLAND? The Island has plenty of options to meet your housing rquirements. Check the Visitors Directory for a complete listing of Bed and Breakfast Inns, Cottages, Homes and Motels.
WHAT IS THERE TO DO ON KELLEYS ISLAND?
History – Kelleys Island offers a wide variety of activities. One may explore the historical aspect by visiting the Glacial Groove State Memorial, Inscription Rock State Memorial, or the Kelleys Island Historical Museum & Gift Shop.
Outdoors - For those who enjoy outdoor activity, we offer numerous walking trails and a newly erected boardwalk leading to the North Pond Nature Preserve. Also, birding is one of the favorite activities in spring and fall. Other outdoor activities include fishing, boating, jet skiing, swimming, biking, camping, snorkeling and scuba diving.(Reference: Map 8)
Dining and Shopping - The Island has several restaurants and bars. For shoppers, there are numerous gift shops, which offer a wide variety of unique items.
Entertainment - There is Karoke at the Caddy Shack Friday and Saturday nights and live bands every weekend at The Casino and Bag the Moon.
Beer Tasting: Kelleys Island Brewey: Specially brewed beer as well as a full menu for breakfast,lunch and dinner.
Wine Tasting - The Kelleys Island Wine Co. on Woodford offers a relaxing atmosphere as well as wine tasting, winery tours, food, children’s play area and horseshoes.
Miniature Golf and Game Arcade - For kids, the island provides an excellent play area at the Village Pavilion. Located at Caddy Shack Square are a miniature golf course, game arcade, and ice cream.
WHERE ARE THE PUBLIC BOAT LAUNCHES?
The Kelleys Island State Park, located at the NorthWest end of the island, offers a free double boat launching ramp and trailer parking. (Reference: Map 8)
IS THERE OVERNIGHT FREE DOCKING?
The Kelleys Island State Park offers no docking but one may tie off or anchor down in the bay. All other dockage and marinas will charge for daily as well as overnight stays.
WHERE IS FISHING ALLOWED?
Fishing is allowed at the Kelleys Island State Park. It offers a stone pier for fishing.
WHERE DO I BUY BAIT?
Bait and tackle are available at several locations on the island. Unc'I Dik's, located across from the State Parkand Craft's Lakeview Lane, located on W. Lakeshore Drive
CAN I OBTAIN A FISHING LICENSE ON THE ISLAND? Yes, but only by Computer Online. Follow instructions and your license will be available by print from Ohio ODNR.
WHERE IS PUBLIC SWIMMING PERMITTED?
The Kelleys Island State Park offers a beautiful sandy beach along the North Bay.
DOES KELLEYS ISLAND HAVE A TOUR TRAM?
There is no tour tram that runs on a regular basis for daily island tours.However educational and group tours can be scheduled on the Camp Patmos Tram(96 maximum person capacity). 419-746-2214, ext. 2.
WHERE ARE THE HIKING TRAILS?
The State Park offers several hiking trails including the North Shore Loop and the East Quarry Trail. Maps of the trails can be obtained at the Kelleys Island State Park information booth or at the Kelleys Island Chamber of Commerce, located at Seaway Marina. The Boardwalk, on Ward Rd., is also an excellent choice, winding through meadow and woodlands, to the edge of the North Pond Preserve.Scheele Preserve and the Alvars are also very scenic and enjoyable to hike. (Reference: Map 8)
WHERE ARE THE PUBLIC RESTROOMS?
The Public Restrooms are located on Addison Road, next to the Municipal Building.Also,downtown, next to the Town Hall and Police department on Division Street.
IS THERE CAMPING ON THE ISLAND?
The Kelleys Island State Park offers 129 shaded campsites, (no reservations). Group, rental camp sites, yurts and pet sites are also available. There are some electric hookups to individual sites. Several main shower houses are available throughout the park.
WHAT IS THE CAMPGROUNDS TELEPHONE NUMBER?
Kelleys Island State Park: 419-746-2546.
CAN I BRING MY OWN FIREWOOD?
Absolutely not! It is against Ohio State law to transport firewood to the island because of the threat of the Emerald Ash Borer.
There will be a container available at the boat line dock for disposal of any wood being brought unknowingly and cars may be searched with fines as much as $4000.00. For information call 888-OHIO-EAB or go to www.ohioagriculture.gov/eab/
WHERE CAN I FIND LODGING ALLOWING PETS? The Dr.s House on Division allows pets.For rental information contact Jackie or Gary Finger at 419-746-2281. Also, the Kelleys Island State Park does offer pet sites for campers 419-756-2546.Otherwise,consult with the Chamber of Commerce.
DO YOU HAVE TRANSPORTATION FROM THE AIRPORT INTO TOWN?
Yes, contact: Island Ride Taxi Service:419-746-2000. If flying into Kelleys Island, please make transportation arrangements with your place of lodging or with a golf cart rental company.
HOW MANY FULL TIME, YEAR ROUND, RESIDENTS ON THE ISLAND?
There are approximately 325 residents on Kelleys Island.
HOW MANY SUMMER RESIDENTS ON KELLEYS ISLAND?
The summer season brings the resident count up to approximately 1500.
WHERE CAN I RENT A BOAT?
There are no boat rentals available on Kelleys Island.However, Boat Cruises and a Water Taxi is available.
WHERE CAN I OBTAIN A MAP OF KELLEYS ISLAND?
For a general map of Kelleys Island, you can pick up our Kelleys Island Funfinder at the Chamber Office or at just about any island business. For a decorative or more detailed map, please visit our numerous gift shops. A complete set of interactive Island Maps is to be found in the Island Information section of the Chamber Web Site.
DO YOU HAVE POISONOUS SNAKES ON KELLEYS ISLAND?
No, but we are home to the endangered Lake Erie Water Snake.
WHERE CAN I GET A GOOD MEAL?
There are several dining establishments on Kelleys Island ranging from burgers to a fine dinner. Please check our dining section on the website.
IS THERE A COMPUTER FOR PUBLIC USE?
The Kelleys Island Library has computer terminals for use with internet access and the Village Pump and Seaway Marina, offers wireless internet access for free but you must have own computer.
WHERE IS THERE A PICNIC TABLE AND OUTDOOR GRILL FOR PUBLIC USE?
There is a picnic area at the foot of the Glacial Grooves and between within the Kelleys Island State Park. Also, on Division Street, across from the Kelleys Island School, there is a State Park picnic area.
WHAT ARE THE KELLEYS ISLAND LIBRARY HOURS? The Library is part of the Sandusky,Ohio Library System: Library Hours and More Information.
WHAT TIME IS MASS AT CHURCH?
St. Micheals Catholic Church has mass ON Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and Sunday at 9:00 a.m.
Zion Methodist Church has SS at 9:30 a.m. and worship at 10:30 a.m.
WHO DO I CONTACT TO HAVE A WEDDING ON THE ISLAND?
If you wish to rent a village location you need to fill out a reservation form at the Village Office. They can be contacted at 419-746-2535. Or You can contact either of the two churches on the island to make wedding arrangements; St. Micheal's Catholic Church :419-746-2481 OR Zion Methodist Church :419-746-2514.The Kelleys Island Brewery offers Wedding Catering services.
HOW DO I GET TO PUT-IN-BAY?
The best way to the Bay is by the Jet Express. They offer an inter-island rate the will take you back and forth between Kelleys Island and Put-in-Bay and Downtown Sandusky.