June 8-10, 2018 South Bass Island: This will be year number 14 in celebrating, the South Bass Island Kayak Rendezvous as the premier kayaking gathering on Lake Erie. Join more than 100 kayakers from the tri-state area and beyond for a weekend of paddling, camping, socializing and exploring the islands located in the western basin of Lake Erie.
Each year on the second weekend after Memorial Day, paddlers have descended upon the South Bass Island State Park for this annual gathering. This paddler organized event, brings kayakers together for a fun weekend. Safety is our utmost concern and paddlers are encouraged to plan their own water based activities, but join our land based social functions. There are countless paddling opportunities among the islands of the Western Basin. For beginners there are paddling opportunities within the Put-in-Bay Harbor, for intermediate paddlers, there are miles of island coastline to paddle and for experienced paddlers there are dozens of open water crossings between islands to explore. See our paddling page for destination ideas for your weekend.
South Bass Island is a perfect paddling location for kayakers who want to rough it at the State Park or for those who like to be close to civilization. The amenities at the State Park are excellent, the views from the cliff-side campsites are amazing, and downtown Put-in-Bay is a close walk or shuttle drive.
Paddlers can make the crossing from the mainland or they can take the Miller Ferry. If the weather turns, the Miller Ferry is an excellent safety gap for the return trip to the mainland.
Most of all, come, paddle, socialize and experience the wonderful gem we call the Erie Islands!
Special Guest for 2018- Captain Glenn Cooper: Put-in-Bay Ferry Boat Captain Glenn Cooper has been operating the Middle Bass run for 36 years. It is estimated that he has over 66,000 hours as captain. He has been with the Put-in-Bay Ferry Boat for a total of 42 years (he paid his dues the ﬁrst six years as a dockhand and mate). Glenn’s family owned Coopers restaurant (now the Goat Soup and Whiskey). A career in dishwashing was not in his future. Glenn loved boats from an early age. The lure of open water was part of his DNA. Glenn was salutatorian of Put in Bay High School’s “Class of ‘74” that had 11 seniors (the largest graduating class in the school’s history at the time). His cousin Angie Heineman beat him by a mere quarter of a point to capture the Valedictorian honor.
If you would like to be added to our email list for future information about the SBIKR, contact Eric Slough at emanohtol at yahoo dot com.