Lake Erie Islands Water Trail - Middle Bass Island Trail
Location & Visitor information
Middle Bass Island, named "Isle des Fleurs" by French explorers, has a rich history of grape growing and winemaking. Peter Lonz established his winery on the island in 1884 and managed to survive prohibition by selling bottle of grape juice including instructions on how not to turn it into wine. The winery structure and 141-acres are now owned by the State of Ohio. Launch from the Middle Bass Island State Park Marina. Rounding the southeast point of the island, look for columbines and harebells on the rocky cliffs and view the boathouse built by son George Lonz. Use caution when passing the ferry dock. The west shore of the State Park's primitive campground has a lovely landing beach. Paddling north, view the private Middle Bass Club's Victorian homes. Beyond the reef between Sugar Island and Middle Bass lies Petersen Woods' 1.5-acre wet woodland with a Bald Eagle nest nearby. The cove's beach is the north shore of the Kuehnle State Wildlife Area protecting several threatened and endangered plants and amphibians. Paddle around the East Point Reef to the kayak-only accessible Middle Bass Island East Point Preserve for migrating birds.A pleasant paddle across Schoolhouse Bay will bring you back to your start. Total trail length: 8.5 mi.