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Hold your neet retreat or meeting on a private island, just minutes from the excitement of Put-in-Bay.

Hold your next retreat or meeting on a private island, just minutes from the excitement of Put-in-Bay.

Stone Laboratory is located on Gibraltar Island, just off South Bass Island and the Village of Put-in-Bay. Stone Laboratory, established in 1895, is the Lake Erie teaching and research laboratory for the Ohio Sea Grant College program based at The Ohio State University. Meetings for up to 75 can be held at the laboratory, creating a unique experience for your attendees. This secluded island is rich in history, provides endless educational opportunities and offers breathtaking views of Lake Erie.

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Gibraltar Island and Stone Laboratory are located in the Western Basin of Lake Erie, approximately 45 minutes from Toledo and 90 minutes from Cleveland. The island is a short water taxi ride away from the popular village of Put-in-Bay located on South Bass Island.

Catering Options

The staff at Stone Laboratory can prepare your guests a variety of meal options. Coffee break options are also available.


Transportation to Gibraltar Island is provided by taking a ferryboat, small plane or private boat to South Bass Island from Sandusky or Port Clinton. Water taxi service or The Ohio State University research vessels transport meeting attendees to Gibraltar Island from South Bass Island. Ferryboat discounts are available for groups of 20 or more. Information regarding transportation to South Bass Island can be obtained by calling the Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Center at 1 (800) 441-1271. Advance transportation arrangements must be made with Stone Laboratory in order to access Gibraltar Island.


Stone Laboratory has dormitory-style accommodations (2 per room) capable of hosting 40 people. Additional lodging options are available on South Bass Island including hotels, bed and breakfasts and vacation rentals. The Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Center can assist you with your lodging needs at 1 (800) 441-1271.

Business Services

The following business services are available at the Stone Laboratory meeting facility:

  • Projector
  • Computer
  • High-speed internet
  • Fax machine
  • Audio
  • Television
  • Web conferencing

PLEASE NOTE: This facility is not handicap accessible due to the age and function of the building.

Meeting Options

Additional meeting options include a science cruise aboard a research vessel, a historical tour of Gibraltar Island, or a visit to the top of the South Bass Island Lighthouse tower. Team-building activities are also available. Call the staff at Stone Laboratory to discuss your meeting needs.


Stone Laboratory has the following facility space available to meet your meeting needs.

  • Accommodates up to 75 people
  • Meeting room: 36 ft. x 30 ft.
  • Ceiling heights: 10 ft.
  • Reception facilities
  • Room set-up options include classroom, theater or flexible seating

Conference Costs

Base price for a one-day conference for 30 people, including lunch, begins at $1,000. Overnight conferences and accommodations are available.

The South Bass Island Lighthouse is also available as a conference or event venue. For information on booking, contact us.