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Top 11 Camping Spots on Lake Erie Islands – Ohio

by Rohan Mathew
Top 11 Camping Spots on Lake Erie Islands – Ohio

The Lake Erie Islands, Kelleys, Center Bass, and South Bass Islands are summer holiday playgrounds in Ohio. You know that if you’ve been to the location before, hotels can be expensive and cabins can fill up quickly. Booking a spot at one of the campgrounds in the area is one ideal alternative to this. 

The Ohio state park system runs campgrounds on all three islands. Additionally, campgrounds exist in and around Sandusky near the ferry ports. You may want to check local guide websites such as Visitputinbay.org to find fun activities to do, where to eat, and also the best camping grounds. Here are a few options you may want to check out. 

Camp Sandusky, situated just five minutes from the Jet Express dock and 10 minutes from Cedar Point, offers Amish-built cabins, tent camps, and RV sites—all on the shores of Lake Erie. Free wireless Internet access is offered everywhere in the campground. Showers and toilets, a playground for children, a bunny farm, a shopping center, a swimming pool, a basketball court, a restaurant, and a coin-operated laundry room are all available.

From the 1 st of June to the first week of October, Camp Sandusky is open. Pets are welcome in RVs, pop-ups, and new pet-friendly cabins in the campground, but not at the tent sites. The campsite offers discounts to U.S. military personnel, Cedar Point season pass holders.

  • Fox’s Den Campground on South Bass Island

Located on the south side of South Bass Island between the airport and the Miller’s Ferry landing, Fox’s Den Campground provides both full-service and primitive campsites. A modern shower house is included in the amenities provided. You can also rent golf carts on this site for the short drive to Put-in-Bay and the attractions, restaurants, and shopping there. 

From early May through mid-October, this small, family-owned facility is open. There are places available for one night, one week, or the whole season.

  • Kelleys Island State Park

The State Park campground is located on the eastern side of Kelleys Island and offers 128 primitive tent camps and four yurts. Amenities include a shower/shower house, an amphitheater, a large beach, and a fish cleaning station.

  • Mosquito Lake State Park (Cortland)

Two yurts are available for rental in Mosquito Lake State Park from April 1st to October 31st. Each has a large wooden deck overlooking the lake, two futon bunk beds, a small fridge, a microwave, a small table, an outdoor barbecue, and a picnic table.

  • South Bass Island State Park

The state park is situated on the Western side of South Bass Island and provides 10 full-service campsites, 125 primitive sites, and 4 “cabinets,” a cross between a tent and a cabin. A picnic shelter, picnic tables, a boat launch, a fishing pier, and a small stone beach are among the amenities.  

  • Middle Bass Island State Park located in Middle Bass Island

Middle Bass Island is positioned at the south end of the island. It is only a quick boat ride away from Put-in-Bay’s action, newer and quieter than the other two state park campsites. The campground provides primitive campsites and overnight boat slips. Picnic tables, a 190-slip marina, a boat launch, a miniature golf course, and a small beach are among the amenities.

  • Crystal Rock Campground in Sandusky

Crystal Rock Campground provides RV and tent sites with no amenities, only electricity, full hook-ups and electricity, cable, water, sewer, and Wi-Fi. It is situated just minutes from the Lake Erie ferries. There are some simple cabins for rent on the property as well. From early April through October, Crystal Rock is open, and you may rent sites for the night, week, month, or season. 

The campground amenities include restrooms/shower equipment, a general store, laundry facilities, a gaming space, and a playground.

  • Cedar Lane RV Park in Port Clinton

Open from May 1 to October 15, Cedar Lane provides tent sites, RV sites, and cabins for a night, weeks, months, or the entire season. All of the facilities include four pools, multiple modern shower houses, a gift shop, a convenience store, basketball and shuffleboard courts, a game arcade, and a laundromat. 

Cabins are equipped with a kitchenette, an outdoor fireplace, a covered porch, room air conditioning, and sleep four or six people. In the cabins, no smoking or pets are allowed.

The campground is just a short drive from Miller’s ferry terminal, and several Port Clinton restaurants and attractions are within walking distance.

  • Catawba Island State Park in Port Clinton

Located just minutes from the Port Clinton ferry terminal, on the water’s edge, this small park has a boat launch, plenty of space to picnic and terrain a tent, and melodramatic views in the background of Lake Erie and South Bass Island. It’s also just minutes away from East Harbor State Park’s beach.

  • Tall Timbers Campground in Port Clinton

Tall Timbers Campground is situated on a wooded property near Lake Erie’s shores and offers 400 tents and permanent camping sites. As well as a pond with a sandy beach, children’s playground, a general store, an outdoor movie theater, a laundromat, and fish washing facilities, the campground provides wireless Internet access across the grounds. 

From May 1st through November 15th, Tall Timbers is available. RV rentals are also available at the campground. Campsites are open for the day, week, month, or season.

  • River Retreat Campground – Port Clinton

Located in Port Clinton, the world’s Walleye capital, just minutes away from the Jet Express dock by car, River Retreat Campground provides RV sites on nightly, weekly, and seasonal basis plus docking along the Portage River (which links to Lake Erie) for your boat. There are also a few tent sites. Shower rooms, modern restrooms, a camp shop, a dishwashing station with electrical outlets, a fishing marina, a children’s playground, and a complete calendar of special events are among the small family campground facilities. 

From the 1st of May through the end of October, the River Retreat Campground is open. Pets are allowed in the campground.

Ohio has got some breathtaking lakes that qualify to be great campgrounds. All you need is to create some of your time to clear your mind in these serene places. Sometimes, you will only need to spend your weekend in a place with a lake view and get rekindled for another week at work. Be sure to check relevant Put-in-Bay tourist information online if you plan to spend some time in South Bass Island. 

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