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Village of Put-in-Bay

Put-in-Bay is a small village (with about 450 year-round residents) on a small island (South Bass is about 1.5 miles by 3.7 miles) but it is large in hospitality. More than 750,000 people visit the village during the season between April and October.

A popular stop for visitors to Put-in-Bay is Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial. This column is 352 feet tall and memorializes an epic battle and the peaceful relations between the U.S. and England ever since. On September 10 of 1813, U.S. Navy Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry defeated the British in the Battle of Lake Erie. That battle is considered by historians to be a critical point where efforts by Native Americans to keep their land were doomed and the British were pushed north for good. The monument and visitor’s center are managed by the National Parks Service. Several events are planned as part of the centennial year of the War of 1812.

Island resort living has its unique features. The village maintains a school for about 90 students who are residents of South Bass, Middle Bass, and North Bass islands. Transportation for students – and for all goods and passengers – is by ferry, plane, private boat or, in the winter, by snow mobile depending on ice conditions. To support the needs of the many restaurants and hotels during peak tourist times, the village recently completed a project that doubled the capacity for both water and wastewater treatment.

TMACOG’s Environmental staff has made use of The Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory, which is on Gibraltar Island in the bay of South Bass Island. Researchers there are studying topics including tracking the “dead zone” by measuring levels of dissolved oxygen, and looking at nutrient loading and algal production.

The Village of Put-in-Bay has been a member of TMACOG since 1981. Village administrators work closely with Ottawa County Commissioners.

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