Put-in-Bay Water Sports take all forms. From jet skis to parasailing, boat rentals to paddleboarding, you can find it here. Kayaking is very popular as well. Check out our awesome selection of island businesses that specialize in water sports. Most visitors spend a night or three on the island so they can explore it all.

Bay Paddleboarding
Bay Paddleboarding offers top of the line paddleboards to those wishing to explore Lake Erie at a slightly slower pace than power boats and get a workout at the same time! This fun, sporty activity is easy to learn and even easier to fall in love with. Bay Paddleboarding Details Close to all the downtown destinations on Bayview Avenue, Bay Paddleboarding is conveniently located. Stand Up Paddleboarding, also known as SUP, is a very popular activity these days in both lakes and oceans. While it can seem challenging at first, the expert staff at Bay Paddleboarding will make you feel...More Information
Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rentals
Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rental is the perfect way to dive into Lake Erie. They offer several options for watercraft to rent. This includes jet skis, boats, and kayaks. No matter your preferred speed, Put-in-Bay Watercraft has you covered. South Bass Island State Park & Catawba Ave Located on the edge of South Bass Island State Park, Put-in-Bay Watercraft is a short golf cart ride from downtown. This Lake Erie boat rental is one of only a few on the island. The park itself is beautiful with several great amenities. Large trees shade the green expanse of the park. Picnic tables and...More Information
Put-in-Bay Parasail
Parasailing over Lake Erie is definitely one of the most unique ways to enjoy Put-in-Bay. Put-in-Bay Parasail has been in operation since the late 80’s. People were loving this activity in Florida so a savvy businessman decide to introduce it to Lake Erie. Thousands of guests have a blast flying over the lake in a rainbow colored parasail. Put-in-Bay Parasail Particulars One of the wilder things to do in Put in Bay includes parasailing. Don’t worry, it is a very safe activity, even if it doesn’t look that way. The passionate staff led Captain Jason Hill is extremely knowledgeable and...More Information
Kayak the Bay
More accustomed to speed boats? Happier at the bar than on the water? Kayak the Bay offers a very special way to see Put-in-Bay with an activity that anyone can learn. Kayaks are paddle manned watercraft that are very stable in the water. You do get a bit of workout while you take in the beautiful views at a slightly slower speed. Kayak the Bay is located on Bayview Avenue next to Oak Point State Park.  The location is easily accessed by Put-In-Bay Taxi or Golf Cart Rental.  They offer both sit in and sit atop kayaks. Their watercraft collection...More Information
Put-in-Bay Jet Ski
Ride the waves of Lake Erie in a state-of-the-art jet ski rented from Put-in-Bay Jet Ski. speedy and exhilarating, these watercrafts are an excellent way to explore this beautiful region. Put-in-Bay Jet Ski Details On the water next to the Bayshore Resort you can rent a jet ski. There are certain areas where the Jet Ski can be used. These regions are labeled by buoys and our qualified employees will explain them to you before you get into the water. Speed isn’t an issue and you can go as quickly as you want. To drive a jet ski, you must be 18...More Information
Tours and excursion groups love Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island, Ohio! From day trips for ferry boat visitors to longer tours in the historic buildings and monuments of Put in Bay. Everyone loves Beaches! Check out South Bass Island’s many miles of beautiful shoreline and scenic Lake Erie views.

Summer Water Fun

Put-in-Bay, Ohio… it’s a fun place to be; not far off either and convenient and happening. It has lots of options to do and spend some quality time. Water sports like any shoreline town, kayak, canoe, jet ski, rent a boat, parasail, and on and on. Or just lie in the parks and have a beautiful view of the mighty Lake Erie. Pool parties, Sunday classic car parades, biplane rides… there is a lot to do here both on and off the water. Rent a golf cart for the day and you are set to explore the island. There is also a good variety of shops, pubs, attractions, and bars to grab a beer.

Can you jet ski to Put-in-Bay?

Jet skiing to the island of Put-in-Bay is not a popular way to arrive at the island. We recommend catching a ferry so you can bring luggage and enjoy a relaxing ride. While at Put-in-Bay, you can rent a jet ski from Put-in-Bay watercraft rentals to explore Lake Erie that way!

Can I Kayak on Lake Erie?

Yes! It is one of visitors’ favorite ways to see the sights of Lake Erie. Kayak the Bay is located on Bayview Avenue. Guests will be able to rent kayaks from this location!  Kayaking is a unique way to see the island of Put-in-Bay.

How can I reserve a boat, wave runner, etc?

Put-in-Bay watercraft rentals offer online reservations and first come first serve walk-ups. Their location is at South Bass Island State Park. We recommend reading Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rental terms and conditions. There is also a jet ski rental downtown next to the Bayshore Resort.

Do I need a boating license to operate a boat or jet ski?

Yes and no. A physical license is not required but a test is required. There are a few options for completing your boating education or proficiency test. Note that if you were born on/after January 1, 1982, you will need to complete this test to operate any watercraft powered by over 10 horsepower. Learn about obtaining your boating license.