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Learn more about Lake Erie

by exploring its rich history and experiencing science up close at the Aquatic Visitors Center on Lake Erie’s South Bass Island near Put-in-Bay, Ohio.


Visitor Information

Summer 2013 Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, June 25 through September 6.

Free Admission. Tours are available during the off season at a cost of $2 per person. To schedule, contact Stone lab Office 419.285.1800

The Aquatic Visitors Center is located on South Bass Island’s Peach Point, approximately one mile west of downtown Put-In-Bay at the west end of the harbor.


Go Fish!

A lifelong love of fishing can be sparked on the Aquatic Visitors Center fishing pier, where children under age 16 can fish for free!

Children can borrow fishing gear and snag some bait, provided by the ODNR Division of Wildlife. They often reel in bluegill, pumpkinseed, bass, or yellow perch, but you never know what might bite! Kids can even learn about the food web as their freshly caught round gobies, an invasive species, are fed to the hungry fish in the Aquatic Visitors Center’s aquaria.


Children’s Programs

Get your kids excited about science! Each Saturday, the Aquatic Visitors Center hosts a program for children at 2 p.m. on the dock. Topics vary from week to week, but previous programs have included:

Programs offered on Saturdays, June 25 through Aug. 20.