Island Information

About South Bass Island…

The population of the village of Put-In-Bay was 495 people at the 2020 census.Some of these residents remain on the island for the entire winter. As a result, St Paul’s is active all 12 months of the year.

Put-in-Bay has several businesses which are open all year, including the island market, the hardware store, a gas station, a post office, a bank, and the school. The school houses the library. The island school educates students grades pre-kindergarten through 12. The school provides an excellent education for the island’s youth. You will also find two cemeteries and an active airport.

In the winter, supplies and perishables are flown to the island, along with the mail, parcels and bank employees (the bank is open one day a week in winter – three days a week in summer). In the warmer months, most things arrive by ferry. The ferry can carry moving trucks, dump trucks, and other large vehicles needed for construction and for supplying the businesses which are open spring through fall.

Hotels and B&Bs provide lodging for island visitors. This is an excellent place for a one-day visit or a weekend retreat for parish vestries, bible study groups or youth groups, especially in the middle of the week. Call St Paul’s if you would like information on how to plan a parish retreat at Put-in-Bay.

South Bass Island does not have a hospital, but does have an Emergency Medical Service that uses a Life Flight helicopter to transport critically ill patients to mainland medical facilities. The island is home to the Put-in-Bay Airport (3W2). For a look at our airstrip, see the airport on YouTube. For more information about Put-In-Bay check out Put-in-Bay Township or the Chamber of Commerce. The Miller Ferry also maintains a comprehensive list of island events and activities Miller Ferry Event Schedule.

For statistics and charts about the Put-in-Bay Community, check out this site. Select the Diocese of Ohio and St. Paul’s Put-in-Bay.