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Arrival and Check-in

Information about arrival and check-in for students at Stone Lab, the Ohio State University's island campus on Lake Erie

Arrival, Check-In and Departure

Note: Please pay special attention to sections highlighted in blue, as these have been updated for 2018.

Getting to Stone Lab

You will need to arrange transportation to South Bass Island and also from the ferry dock on South Bass Island to our Research Dock. Join the Stone Lab Summer 2018 Facebook Group to coordinate with students who will be attending classes beginning on the same date as yours if you would like to set up a carpool to the ferry dock on the mainland or share transportation from the ferry dock on South Bass Island to our Research Dock.

To get to South Bass Island, you can take either the Miller Boat Line or Jet Express Ferry. Miller is an 18-minute trip and departs from Catawba Point to the southern tip of South Bass Island. Private vehicles may be taken to the island via this ferry, but delays are likely during tourist season (May-September). Jet Express provides 45-minute passenger-only service from Port Clinton and Sandusky to downtown Put-in-Bay.

You are responsible for all ground transportation to and from the Stone Lab Research Dock from the Miller Ferry or Jet Express docks. The Put-in-Bay website has information on island transportation options.

Arrival and departure times for workshops held at Stone Lab are listed below:

Workshop Number Arrival at Research Dock Departure
Lake Erie Sport Fishing WKSHP 110 12:30-2 p.m. Fri., May 18 1 p.m. Sun., May 20
Larval Fish I.D. EEOB 5970 8:30-9 a.m. Sun., June 24 6 p.m. Sun., June 24
Fish Aging WKSHP 160 8:30-9:30 a.m. Sun., July 8 5 p.m. Sun., July 8
Algae I.D. WKSHP 170 8-9 a.m. Mon., Aug. 6 4 p.m. Tue., Aug. 7
Dealing with Cyanobacteria WKSHP 130 8-9 a.m. Wed., Aug. 8 4 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 9
Aquatic Invasive Species WKSHP 141 10 a.m. Mon., Aug. 27 3 p.m. Tue., Aug. 28
Fish-Sampling Techniques WKSHP 120 10:30-11 a.m. Sat., Sept. 22 4 p.m. Sun., Sept. 23

For workshops held on Kelleys Island (Bird I.D., Environmental Technology, Wetland Plant I.D.), your instructor will email you with details about transportation and arrival times.


In order to arrive on time, the latest ferry you can take to South Bass Island is the 1:30 p.m. Miller Ferry from Catawba; the 2 p.m. Jet Express from Port Clinton; or the 11:45 a.m. Jet Express from Sandusky.

One-week and five-week students should arrive at the Research Dock on South Bass Island between 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Sunday. Ohio State boats will transport students to Gibraltar Island during this time on the half hour.

Check-in and dorm key assignments will take place in the Dining Hall.


All departing students are required to be off Gibraltar Island by 5 p.m. on the date class ends.

Students in one-week courses: Transportation via an Ohio State boat will be provided from Gibraltar to South Bass Island on the hour from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday for one-week courses and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. for five-week courses. You are responsible for transporation from the Research Dock to the Miller Ferry or Jet Express dock.