Welcome to TheLake 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Sister Island(Ontario) - No pictures available yet
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.
There is also a great
picture at this site of
Anton Wehrle and his shop in Toledo. Anton lived on Middle Bass for
many years, was the cousin of Andrew Wehrle, Jr. (who built the wine
cellars under the Lonz Winery and Wehrle's Pleasure Hall). Anton was
also a cooper who built many wine barrels for Wehrle's on Middle Bass.
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
Historical Photos at the Library of Congress - Photos from the Detroit
Publishing Company's Collection. Note: We can't link to the search
results directly. Just type "Put-in-Bay" (with or without quotes) into
the search field and click "Search".
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
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.
Island (Reef) (Ohio) - near the southeastern corner of South Bass Island
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.
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