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The Lake Erie Islands Directory

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Welcome

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Lake Erie Island Sites and Pictures complete listing. Or go directly to

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Aerial Views

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Catawba Island

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Kelleys Island

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Lake Erie "Generic" Information Sites

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Middle Bass Island shortcut: www.mbi.co

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North Bass Island

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Pelee Island

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Put-in-Bay / South Bass Island shortcut: www.pib.us

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Rattlesnake Island

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Nearby Lake Erie Mainland Sites on the U.S. Side

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Lake Erie Mainland Sites a Bit Further Away (U.S. Only)

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And Finally, A Few Lake Erie Tourist Towns and Attractions in Ontario

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Other Related Sites

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Nearby Canals

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Other Interesting "Northern" Island Sites not in Lake Erie

     
   Or read the Middle Bass Island Editorials.  
     

   

 

And take a look at "How Many Islands are There in Lake Erie?" (PDF, 65K), which contains a quick overview of the natural and artificial islands in Lake Erie. 

 

Welcome top

 

Welcome to The Lake Erie Islands Directory page. Here, we provide links to all the sites for the islands, plus links to pictures for those islands without sites. In addition, if you click on the Site Map Page 1 and Site Map Page 2 links on the left edge of the page, you will find even more links to island information. And there is a separate Lake Erie Islands - Live News Feed page.

 

For tourist information on the area, one good link to start with is the Ottawa County Visitor's Bureau - Lake Erie Islands Region site.

 

In addition to the information here, there are numerous historical biographies of 19th Century Lake Erie Islanders listed separately. Also see our new Ottawa County Directory.

 

We also have a page of Lake Erie Islands Humor.

 

Last but not least, we have a directory of other Great Lakes islands and "northern" islands sites, so take a look.

 

Lake Erie Island Sites and Pictures top

The term "Lake Erie Islands" usually refers just to the Bass Islands (North, Middle and South) and the smaller islands near them, together sometimes called the Bass Islands Archipelago.

 

But the following list includes all islands normally considered to be in Lake Erie. Of all the Ohio islands below, only Gard Island, Mohawk Island, Turtle Island, Presque Isle and West Sister Island, plus the three Michigan islands listed without images, are more than ten miles from one of the Bass Islands. Also, Johnson Island is really in Sandusky Bay and not in Lake Erie, but is normally included in a list of the Lake Erie Islands.

 
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Aerial Views top
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Aerial Views on the PutInBayPhotos.com site.
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Aerial Tour of the Islands - 28 pictures.

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Aerial Tour of the Islands - 50 more pictures

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Aerial Tour of the Islands - Part 3 - 68 new pictures

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Aerial View Poster of the Islands

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Aerial Views from NOS (National Ocean Service)

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Other Aerial Views of the Bass Islands

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Antique Maps of the Lake Erie Islands 
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1817 Map

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1835 Map

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1872 Map

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1886 Map - Our Favorite - and from our own private collection

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18th Century Ohio Maps at the Library of Congress click the "maps" link on this page

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Ballast Island (Ohio)
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No Web site, but lots of historical pictures and text listed on this site. Also a few recent pictures listed but you have to hunt through the site maps.

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Aerial View

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Collection of 18 images (temporarily unavailable as of July, 2003. Will be available again soon)

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Bar Harbor Island (Ohio) - no information available

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Buckeye Island (Ohio) ~ 1922, now just a reef visible above the water

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Catawba Island (Ohio) - now permanently connected to the mainland, but originally separated by the Portage River  top
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Catawba Island Township Site

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Catawba Island Main Dock - Historical Images of the current Miller Ferry Dock

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Catawba Island History 1  

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Catawba Island History 2  

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Catawba Island Historical Photos at the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library

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Biographies of Early Catawba Island Residents

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Gem Beach Marina

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Cedar Point (Ohio) - There are historical references to Cedar Point having been an island as opposed to just a peninsula as it is today.
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Cedar Point Amusement Park

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Cedar Point Sandusky Lake Erie Islands

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East Sister Island (Ontario)
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for a description click here

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Images from July, 2003

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Other Images of East Sister Island

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Ferry Information

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Gard Island (Michigan, near Toledo, OH) owned by the University of Toledo

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Gibraltar Island (Ohio)
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F. T. Stone Laboratory  

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Gibraltar Island (OSU Info Site) 

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Gibraltar Island (PDF File) 

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Pictures of and from Gibraltar Island

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Green Island (Ohio)
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Green Island Light Tower and Other Images - July, 2003

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2nd Green Island Lighthouse Pictures ~ 1904 - updated April, 2003

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1st Green Island Lighthouse Picture and Story ~ 1864

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Green Island at Lighthousefriends.com

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New Green Island History and 2005 Pictures (PDF, 1.4MB). This PDF contains 20 images, including 2 historic images and 9 new photos that have never been published before.

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(extinct) Gull Island Shoal (Ohio) - Gull Island was a real island 120 years ago, although just large enough for a small private picnic. The shoal, between Middle Island and Kelleys Island, is still a popular fishing spot.

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Gull Island (Ontario) see Mohawk Island (Ontario)

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Hen Island - & Chickens (Ontario)
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Hen Island, Big Chicken Island and Chick Island - 2003 Images

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Hen Island - 2001 image

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Hen Island - Quinnebog Club ~ 1898.

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Johnson's Island (Ohio) - really in Sandusky Bay and not Lake Erie proper
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Johnson's Island, Friends and Descendants of - A newly formed (October, 2001) non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the Johnson's Island Prisoner of War Depot

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Johnson's Island Historical Site - part of the Sandusky library site 

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Johnson's Island Prison Site  

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Johnson's Island - Info from the National Park Service

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Johnson's Island - Great private Site with aerial views, history and more

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Kelleys Island (Ohio)  top
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Kelleys Island

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Kelleys Island Birds and Natural History  

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Kelleys Island Chamber of Commerce

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Kelleys Island Historical Association  

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Kelleys Island State Park

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Kelleys Island, Village of  

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Historical Images at the OhioLINK Digital Media Center, including great pictures of horse-drawn sleds pulling wine casks across the ice around 1913

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Lake Erie "Generic" Information Sites top
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Ottawa County Visitors' Bureau - Lake Erie Islands Region

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Lake Erie Boating Online

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Lake Erie Coastal Ohio

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Lake Erie Fishing Reports from ODNR Division of Wildlife

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Lake Erie's Great Escape

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Lake Erie Information Discussion Board hosted by Ohio Sea Grant Extension

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Lake Erie Islands Black Swamp Conservancy

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Lake Erie Islands destinations, from www.Boats.com  

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Lake Erie Islands Diving  

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Lake Erie Islands GPS Coordinates, including reefs and shoals

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Lake Erie Islands Historical Society - at Put-in-Bay

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Lake Erie Islands Humor - by Jack Qualman a/o 3/6/06

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Lake Erie Islands State Park(s) - ODNR Site 
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State Park Maps

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Lake Erie Islands Watersnake News (LEWS News) Some of the newsletters mention Middle Bass

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Lake Erie Lighthouse Photos  

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Lake Erie Lighthouses

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Lake Erie Lighthouses - The Best Picture Gallery

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Lake Erie Lighthouses - The Most Complete Listing

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Lake Erie Photos from the Charles E. Frohman Collection at the OhioLINK Digital Media Center, including many ice pictures and pictures of early aircraft testing on the ice. Also early aerial views of Cedar Point. 194 pictures a/o March, 2003.   Note: If this link doesn't work (it sometimes behaves oddly), go to the search page, click "Keyword", Type the word erie, select only the Charles E. Frohman collection, and click the Search button.

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Lake Erie Underwater Preserve System

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Lake Erie Water Forecasts and Water Levels
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Lake Erie Near Shore Marine Forecast

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Lake Erie Open Water Forecast Beyond Five Nautical Miles from Shore - National Weather Service

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Lake Erie Open Water Forecast - National Data Buoy Center

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Lake Erie Water Levels - Forecast and History 

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Lake Erie Watersnake Information

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Lake Erie's Beautiful Islands  

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Personal Sites with Lake Erie Islands Pictures
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Late Summer Lake Erie Cruise - August, 2002

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Little Sister Island (Ontario) - No pictures available yet

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Long Point Island (Ontario) - This was a separate island in the middle of the nineteenth century, as shown on numerous maps of the period, but is now connected to the mainland at Long Point, near Port Rowan and Port Dover.

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Lost Ballast Island  (Ohio) ~ 1905, now just a reef visible above the water

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Michigan Islands in Lake Erie - Gard Island Images are listed above. However, we are missing several islands listed below. If anyone has pictures or links for those, please send us information.
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Indian Island (there's actually an aerial picture of Indian Island on the satellite map showing Gard Island, but until we get a better picture, we won't list this separately.)

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Stony Point Island

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Turtle Island

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Middle Bass Island (Ohio)  top    shortcut: www.mbi.co or you can just type mbi.co

           
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Middle Bass Island (home page of this site. please also look at the site map and site map page 2 to find many more island pictures.)

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Main Photo Gallery

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Aerial Views, Page 1, Middle Bass and North Bass

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Aerial Views, Page 2, Middle Bass, North Bass and South Bass

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Middle Bass Ferry to and from Put-in-Bay

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Middle Bass Island Arts Festival 2009

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Middle Bass Island Volunteer Fire Department

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Middle Bass Island Yacht Club  

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Middle Bass Island Yellow Pages  

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Middle Bass Island State Park  

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Middle Bass Island Death Records at Tribute.com

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Middle Bass Island on Facebook

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Middle Bass Island Town Hall on Facebook

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Middle Island (Ontario)
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Aerial View

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A few pictures from 2002 are available by clicking here and here

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New Middle Island Sign - 2003 

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Middle Island Article

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Middle (and Pelee) Island History at Windsor Public Library - great pictures, esp. on the "Shipwrecks and Rescues" page

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Middle Island Lighthouse ~ 1900

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Middle Island's Hidden Treasures (Article) 

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Middle Island Sale - 1999 Article in Gambling Magazine

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U.S. States North of Canada's Lowest Point (Middle Island) - Interesting Discussion page

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Middle Sister Island (Ontario) - for a description click here. To read about an attempt to sell the island in 2000, click here

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Mohawk Island (Ontario) (formerly called Gull Island) 

There was actually a second Gull Island in Lake Erie off Lowbanks, Ontario near Port Colborne. This island is now called Mohawk Island. The Gull Island Lighthouse there was built in 1848 and decommissioned in 1969. The first lighthouse keeper was Capt. John Burgess. He came from Orkney, Scotland in 1835.
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Gull Island Lighthouse (as it was called earlier) in the 19th century

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Mohawk Island Lighthouse - 1991

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Mohawk Island Lighthouse - Lighthouse Site 1

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Mohawk Island Lighthouse - Lighthouse Site 2

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Mouse Island (Ohio) - a 1913 postcard

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North Bass Island (Isle St. George) (Ohio) top

           
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Pictures from May 3, 2004

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Aerial Views, Page 1, Middle Bass and North Bass

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Aerial Views, Page 2, Middle Bass, North Bass and South Bass

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A few pictures from 2002 are available by clicking here and here  

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Meier's Wine Cellars with text and picture of North Bass Island (Isle St. George) 

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Biographies of Early North Bass Island Residents

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Growing Up on Isle St. George

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Postcards sent to North Bass, 1909-1910

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North Bass Wedding in 1919 - Pictures of the North Bass Island wedding of Chester Allen and Helen Cullen on September 6, 1919.

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North Harbor Island (Ontario)- Images from July, 2003. This little island is northeast of East Sister Island, and therefore not visible from Middle Bass Island.

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Pelee Island (Ontario)  top
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Fish Point Provincial Nature Reserve

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Pelee.com

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Pelee.org - The Official Web Site of the Township of Pelee 
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Pelee Island Heritage Center

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The Pelee Club

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Pelee Flyer Ferry

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Pelee Island Archipelago

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Pelee Island Aerial View

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Pelee (and Middle) Island History at Windsor Public Library

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Pelee Island Lighthouse

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Pelee Island Lighthouse, 1992, unrestored

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Pelee Island Lighthouse, 2002, restored

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Pelee Island Winery

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Wilds of Pelee Island
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Pelee Island Guide

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Presque Isle (Pennsylvania)
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Presque Isle Lighthouse

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Presque Isle State Park - Official Site, with great history

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Presque Isle State Park - Private Site

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Put-in-Bay / South Bass Island (Ohio) top  shortcut: www.pib.us or you can just type pib.us

           
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Aerial Views, Middle Bass, North Bass and South Bass

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Interactive Fireworks at PIB - Create Your Own

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Kayak the Bay at Put-in-Bay

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Lake Erie Islands Historical Society

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Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial - National Park Service Site
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U. S. Brig Niagara - Erie Maritime Museum

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Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce

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Put-in-Bay Airport

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Put-in-Bay Daily - The Island's Premier Information Source

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Put-in-Bay Online - Visitor Guide

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Put-in-Bay Township

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Put-in-Bay Village

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PutInBayPhotos.com Recent Photos of Put-in-Bay and all the rest of the islands

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Put-in-Bay Yacht Club

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Put-in-Bay Videos on YouTube

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Put-in-Bay's Video NetTV  

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Put-in-Bay Webcam, live (sometimes), of the main street

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South Bass Island Weather Buoy - National Data Buoy Center

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Rattlesnake Island (Ohio)   top
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Rattlesnake Island Club - main site

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Rattlesnake Island Local Post

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Images of/from Rattlesnake Island - August 9, 2003

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Assorted old images 1906 - 1966 (postcard) - 1966 detailed aerial view - 1968 - 2002

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2 Aerial Views Taken September 1, 2008

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Rock Island (Ontario) - This small island, not much more than a shoal the size of the Chicken Islands, is about six miles east of Mohawk Island near Port Colborne. No pictures are available.

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Southeast Shoal Lighthouse This lighthouse sits on an artificial island built on a shoal. Six miles off Point Pelee, the first permanent light on the shoal was built in 1927 when a large crib fabricated in Kingsville was floated out, sunk and filled with rock. Note the helicopter pad on the roof. Before the lighthouse was built, ships were protected by the Southeastern Shoal Lightship. 

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Starve Island (Reef) (Ohio) - near the southeastern corner of South Bass Island
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Starve Island Photos from 2007

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Sugar Island (Ohio)

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Turtle Island (Ohio and Michigan) - formerly called Turkey Island. The state line goes through the middle of the island.
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Turtle Island Lighthouse  

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Turtle Island at Lighthousefriends.com

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Turtle Island Historical Photos at the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library

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More Turtle Island Links

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"Vermilion" Weather Buoy - Station 45005 - W ERIE 28NM Northwest of Cleveland, OH - National Data Buoy Center

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West Sister Island  (Ohio)
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Aerial View

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Colonial Waterbird Nesting on West Sister Island National Wildlife Refuge

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Lighthouse ~2000 (summer);    ~2000 (winter);    ~1930;   ~1859

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West Sister Island at Lighthousefriends.com

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West Sister Island National Wildlife Refuge - good description at stateparks.com

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West Sister Island Wilderness Area Description  

 

Nearby Lake Erie Mainland Sites on the U.S. Side top
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Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Bowling Green State Univ., Bowling Green, OH

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Huron

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Lakeside, Marblehead Peninsula
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The Lakeside Association

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Lakeside Heritage Society

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Lorain County Visitors Bureau

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Marblehead
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Marblehead Light at Lighthouseratings.com

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Marblehead Lighthouse

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Marblehead Lighthouse State Park

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Ottawa County Sites - New - See our separate Ottawa County Page 

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Sandusky
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Maritime Museum of Sandusky

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Sandusky and Cedar Point  

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Sandusky - Cedar Point Roller Coasters 

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Sandusky, Cedar Point and Lake Erie Islands Area Visitor Information

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Sandusky - City Directory 
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Sandusky Cruises and Ferries

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State Patrol

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Vermilion
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Great Lakes Historical Society Inland Seas Maritime Museum

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Vermilion - Chamber of Commerce Site

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Vermilion, City of

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Vermilion History - A great private site

 

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Ashtabula
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Ashtabula.net

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Ashtabula.com

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Cleveland

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Conneaut

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Toledo

 

And Finally, A Few Lake Erie Tourist Towns and Attractions in Ontario top

Kingsville and Leamington are the mainland Ontario towns closest to the Lake Erie Islands, and provide ferry service to/from Pelee Island. The other towns are much further away.
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Erieau is a long thin peninsula, almost an island
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Fishing in Erieau

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Rondeau Provincial Park near Erieau, another peninsula park like Point Pelee

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Rondeau Cottagers' Assoc.

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Kingsville
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The Town of Kingsville

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Leamington
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Point Pelee National Park. Point Pelee, a 10-kilometre sandspit stretching as far south as the northern border of California, contains one of Canada's smallest but most unusual national parks.
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Birds at Point Pelee and also click here

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Point Pelee Photo Gallery

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Port Dover

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Port Rowan, Long Point and St. Williams
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Long Point Provincial Park contains many "islands" on Lake Erie that don't have names and are really just sandbars. This park is part of a 40-kilometre-long sandspit in Lake Erie which is recognized as a biosphere reserve by the United Nations.
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Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation - great pictures

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Stomp's Long Point Links

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Port Burwell Lighthouse

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Port Colborne

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Port Stanley

 

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The Almost Official Mayfly Page  If you have visited Middle Bass Island and have encountered the Mayfly (Canadian Soldier) swarms in May and June, you will want to look at this.

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The Beaufort Wind Force Scale - National Weather Service

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Black Swamp Conservancy  

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Canadian Parks on the Canadian Islands in Lake Erie

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Community Improvement Corporation of Ottawa County

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Cruising Lake Erie article on www.boats.com

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David Rumsey Historical Map Collection - Great 19th Century Maps of Ohio and the Lake Erie Islands, but finding them takes some searching

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The Dynamic Great Lakes  

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Great Laker Magazine  

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Great Lakes Atlas

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Great Lakes Cruising Club  

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Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum,  Sault St. Marie, MI

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Great Lakes Shipwreck Research  

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I-LYA (Inter-Lake Yachting Association) Check schedule for powerboat races and sailboat regattas

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Inland Seas Maritime Museum, Vermilion, OH

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Introduction to the Biodiversity of the Great Lakes - With Many Wonderful Pictures of the Great Lakes   

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LakeVision.com - Lake Erie WebCams - see a live view from the southern tip of South Bass Island

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Lake Erie Circle Tour  

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Lake Erie Coastal Ohio

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Lake Erie Lighthouses 

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Lake Erie Lights

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Lake Erie Shipwrecks

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Lake Erie Water Snake Information

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Metroparks of the Toledo Area

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Oak Opening Region

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Ohio Boat Operator's Guide

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Ohio Department of Natural Resources (Perform a search on "Middle Bass" at this site)

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Ohio Historical Society

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Ohio Lake Erie Heritage Tourism Area  

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Ohio Newspapers - Links to all online Ohio newspapers

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Ojibway Nature Center (Windsor, Ontario) and especially, their Links page

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The Ultimate Resource for Boating and Fishing on the Great Lakes

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Top Ten Hazard Spots in Lake Erie

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WalleyeCapital.com

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Winds (Current Surface Winds) around the Great Lakes

 

Nearby Canals top

 
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Navigable Canals
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Erie Canal. Proposed in 1808 and completed in 1825, the canal links the waters of Lake Erie in the west to the Hudson River in the east.
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Erie Canal Online - History Site

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The Erie Canal - History Site

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ErieCanal.org

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New York State Canal System Site

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Trent-Severn Waterway - This 240 mile Lake Erie bypass connects Lake Huron with Lake Ontario and offers the opportunity of a great Lake Erie and Ontario circle tour by boat.
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The Friends of the Trent-Severn Waterway  

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The Trent-Severn Waterway of Canada  

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Welland Canal- 26 miles, 8 locks and 350 vertical feet linking Lake Erie with Lake Ontario. It is one of the outstanding engineering feats of the 20th century.. Requires 2 persons in boat going down to Lake Ontario but 3 for the upward passage
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Welland Canal

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The Welland Canal Section of the St. Lawrence Seaway

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Welland Canal at infoniagara.com

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Other Historical Canals, with navigable parts
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Miami & Erie Canal - Goes south from Toledo - Not navigable, but boat rides available on parts - View PDF Brochure

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Ohio & Erie Canal Site - Goes south from Cleveland - No longer fully navigable, but boat rides are available in some of the old sections.

 

Other Interesting "Northern" Island Sites not in Lake Erie top
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Other Islands

 
 

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