Islands on Lake Erie? In Ohio?
Stop Laughing, Yes I’m serious, and there is some serious fun to be had here.
Ballast • Buckeye • Green • Johnson’s • Kelley’s
Middle Bass • Mouse • Northbass • Rattlesnake
South Bass • Starve • Sugar • Turtle • West Sister
What’s it all about?
What is there to do?
Lake Erie Islands Map
How many Islands are there in Lake Erie?
Whoah there reader, what a great question… Huh? Really? But it’s a simple question.
Or, is it?
Truely, it is up to you, what you wish to consider an official island. There are at least 36 “real” Lake Erie Islands, but an exact count depends on which ones you decide to include or exclude.
let me Splain’
There are four types of islands in Lake Erie
- Islands that existed in the 19th century but are now either connected to the mainland or submerged (i.e. Catawba Island, Gull Island, Long Point Island)
- Islands that are not quite in Lake Erie proper but sit right in a connecting river or bay. (i.e. Johnson’s Island in Sandusky Bay or Bois Blanc Island at the mouth of the Detroit River)
- Artificial islands, such as the ones that the Southeast Shoal Lighthouse off Pelee Island and the Detroit River Light sit on.
- A large number of tiny unnamed islands, mostly off the Michigan shore and off Long Point, Ontario
So the real true official exact count of islands is at your discretion. But here are the islands to consider. The semi-official count is originally 36
“real” Lake Erie Islands. If you take out the three that are now permanently connected to the mainland (Catawba Island, Presque Isle
and Long Point Island), the count goes down to 33.
|Ballast||Yes||Small island with 9 homes and no scheduled ferry service. Former summer HQ of the U.S. Canoe and Kayak Association|
|Buckeye||At One time (now vacant)||off the tip of South Bass known to have one home in the past|
|Catawba||Yes||At one time this was a real island but is now permanently connected to the mainland|
|Gibraltar||Yes||Small island; home of The Ohio state University Stone Lab Provides protection for Put-in-Bay harbor on South Bass|
|Green||At One time (now vacant)||Previously inhabited by a lighthouse keeper|
|Kelleys||Yes||Large and Well developed, stands out for quaint shops, restaraunts and interesting Geological Features|
|Lost Ballast||No||This island is pretty much a reef with a few trees|
|Middle Bass||Yes||Well developed island, half the size of South Bass|
|Mouse Island||At One time (now vacant)||Small Island known to have one home in the past|
|North Bass||Yes||Large & not well developed; 80% of it is owned by the State of Ohio|
|Rattlesnake||Yes||An exclusive private club with about 15 homes (according to their website, your guess is as good as mine)|
|South Bass (Put In Bay)||Yes||Some year round, many seasonal residents, Lake Erie’s main party Island|
|Starve||No||A small bare reef off of South Bass Island, Don’t get stuck|
|Sugar||Yes||Small with a handful of homes|
|Turtle||At One time (now vacant)||Located half in Ohio, Half in Michigan|
|West Sister||At One time (now vacant)||Extensive agriculture in the 19th Centry|
|Gard||No||Known to have been inhabited by Indians but never by European Settlers|
|Indian||No||Close to Toledo|
|Stony Point||No||Close to Toledo|
|Presque Isle||Yes||Originally a real island, now permanently connected to the mainland|
|East Sister||At One time (now vacant)||Agricultural development at one time in the 19th Century|
|Yes (Hen Only)||These count for 4 Islands, Hen Island is the Main large Island, the Three Chickens are small islands that are bascially just reefs poking out above the water. Hen Island is home to the private Quinnebog Club|
|Long Point||yes||This island is now permanently connected to the mainland. There are many small islands off long Point but only 3 (Ryerson’s, Second, and Snow) are named on most maps|
|Middle||At One time (now vacant)||The Southernmost point in Canada, 7 miles east of Middle Bass|
|Middle Sister||At One time (now vacant)||Agricultural development at one time in the 19th Century|
|Millionaire’s||Yes||Not officially named on any maps, this island was used as exclusive hunting grounds for the Dupont Family 100 years ago and is still an exclusive private club|
|Mohawk (formerly Gull Island)||At One time (now vacant)||the site of historic Lighthouse ruins. In the 19th century, there were two islands in lake Erie named “Gull Island”|
|North Harbor||Yes||The only island in Lake Erie today with just one private house|
|Pelee||Yes||The Largest Canadian Island on Lake Erie|
|Rock||No||A tiny island about the size of one of the Chicken Islands, approximately 6 miles east of Mohawk|
|Ryerson’s||Yes||Named after the first owner, Josephy Ryerson, who was a loyalist sniper in New Jersey with a unit that tried to kill George Washington|
|Second||No||Second ON NO Off the N. shore of Long Point Island|
|Snow||No||Snow ON NO Off the N. shore of Long Point Island|
the other 9
How Deep is Lake Erie?
Lake Erie is the shallowest of all 5 Great Lakes.
Lake Erie Average Depth: 62 ft. / 19 m.
Lake Erie Maximum Depth: 210 ft. / 64 m.
How Large is lake Erie?
Lake Erie LENGTH: 241 miles / 388 km
BREADTH: 57 miles / 92 km
VOLUME: 116 cubic miles / 484 cubic km.
WATER SURFACE AREA: 9,910 sq. miles / 25,700 sq. km.
Lake Erie Drainage Basin Area by State/Province
TOTAL DRAINAGE BASIN AREA: 30,140 sq. miles / 78,000 sq. km.
Indiana: 1300 sq mi; 3300 sq km
Michigan: 5800 sq mi; 15,100 sq km
New York: 1600 sq mi; 4200 sq km
Ohio: 11,700 sq mi; 30,400 sq km
Ontario: 8800 sq mi; 22,800 sq km
Pennsylvania: 500 sq mi; 1400 sq km
SHORELINE LENGTH (including islands): 871 miles / 1,402 km.
Where did Lake Erie get its name?
Most of the southern shore was at one time occupied by a nation known to the Iroquois tribe as the “Erielhonan,” or the “long-tails,” a tribe of Indians from which the lake derived its name. This name is always mentioned by the early French writers as meaning “cat”; Lac du Chat means “Lake of the Cat.” Many attribute this reference to the wild cat or panther.
What is Lake Erie’s retention time?
Lake Erie’s retention time is only 2.6 years (the shortest of the Great Lakes)
Other Lake Erie Facts
Lake Erie Elevation: 569 ft. / 173 m.
Outlet: Niagara River and Welland Canal