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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.

Mini Golf- at the Caddy Shack in town.

Buy[edit][add listing]

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

Eat[edit][add listing]

Kelleys Island Brewery- also serves lunch and dinner just west of the village.

The Village Pump- Serves a number of beers and pub food in town. Has very good fried walleye and pearch.

The Caddy Shack-Serves homemade pizza, sandwiches, pitas, salads, grilled wings and others from a rotating menu.

Island House- A more upscale dining experience on the island.

'Kelleys Island Wine Co.- In addition to fine food and award wining wines, there is a gift shop, arcade, horseshoes and a volleyball net.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Kelleys Island Brewery- produces several varieties of ale and lager at their facility west of the village.

Kelleys Island Wine Co.- Continuing the Island tradition of wine making, the Wine Co makes and bottles their wine on the Island. Their wine is award winning, and tasting menus are available.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Kelleys Island State Park, Erie County on Kelleys Island. 45 non-electric, 82 electric sites, 2 yurts, 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.

'Renting- There are numerous houses, condos and hotels on the island that are available for rent.

Get out[edit]

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