The observation gallery offers a panoramic view of western Lake Erie. South Bass Island on which the monument stands, is the second largest of the American islands. 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.
View from on top of the monument in QuickTime format.
Did You Know?
The United States went to war against Great Britain in an unprepared state. When war was declared on June 18, 1812 the Royal Navy possessed three warships for every U.S. naval gun. The British Navy outnumbered the U.S. Navy 17 to 1.