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Kelleys Island

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Kelleys Island

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Kelleys Island [1] is an island and city in Erie County, Ohio. The island is sparsely-populated, with a small village on the south side of the island, a limestone quarry on the west side, and a State Park on the north side. Ferries from the mainland dock at the village several times/day during prime tourist season.

Get in[edit]

Kelleys Island can be reached by ferry from Sandusky or Marblehead Peninsula. Rates of the Kelleys Island Boat Company (each way) are $9 for adults, $6 for children, $15 for autos, and $4 for bicycles (2009 rates).

Get around[edit]

The island has many miles of paved roads, though many choose to travel by foot, bicycle, or golf cart.

See[edit][add listing]

Glacial Grooves State Park, [2]. A wavy trough 400-feet long, 35-feet wide, and up to 10-feet deep carved by glaciers pressing large stones along the bedrock. The limestone rock contains marine fossils that are 350 to 400 million years old. Free.

Inscription Rock, a boulder covered in native petroglyphs. Near the ferry dock at the south end of the island. Free.

The ruins of an old winery can be seen half-way between the State Park and the Village.

Do[edit][add listing]

Camping, boating, swimming at the State Park Beach.

Buy[edit][add listing]

A small shopping district exists in the village, but choices for food are necessarily limited.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Several small bar/restaurants are available in the village. The Kelleys Island Brewery also serves lunch and dinner just west of the village. Other businesses on the island offer soft drinks and snacks.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Several bars exist in the village, and Kelleys Island Brewery produces several varieties of ale and lager at their facility west of the village.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Kelleys Island State Park, Erie County on Kelleys Island. 45 non-electric, 82 electric sites, showers, flush toilets, volleyball court, six miles of hiking trails, North Pond Nature Preserve, North Shore Nature Preserve, picnic areas, a picnic shelter, launch ramps, fishing, 100-foot swimming beach and hunting.

Get out[edit]

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