Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best way to get to the island?
There are several ways to get to South Bass Island. The most common ways are to fly, take the Miller Boat Line passenger and vehicle Ferry that leaves from Catawba Island (which is actually a peninsula at the end of Route 53), or ride the Jet Express passenger ferry that leaves from both Port Clinton and Sandusky. more...
What can you see from the observation deck of the monument?
The observation gallery offers a panoramic view of western Lake Erie. You can usually see Middle Bass Island, North Bass Island, Johnson's Island, Kelley's Island, Pelee Island in Canada, and the Ohio mainland of Catawba Point and Marblehead Peninsula. On a real clear day you can see as far as Detroit, Toledo and Cleveland. more...
Why is the monument significant?
Can I go to the observation deck of the memorial?
Yes, you can visit the top when the memorial opens for the 2013 season on May 25. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all days of the week. more..
Did You Know?
The phrase emblazoned on Perry’s flag, “Dont give up the ship” were not Perry’s words, but the dying utterance of U.S. Captain James Lawrence. Lawrence, a good friend of Perry, was killed commanding the U.S.S. Chesapeake in an action with the British ship H.M.S. Shannon on June 1, 1813.