Kelleys Island

Kelleys Island
 
Kelleys Island, Lake Erie Ohio, State Park
Kelleys Island, the largest of the Lake Erie islands, is located just off the north central Ohio coastline, accessible by frequent ferries and small airplanes.  In less than 45 minutes, you can land on the shore of Kelleys Island via the nearby Kelleys Island Ferry

Historic architecture, small shops, family-oriented activities, plenty of restaurants and fun saloons are waiting for you!  Bring a bike or rent one....or cruise the island at your leisure on one of the golf carts for rent by the ferry dock.

Watch the sunset, hike the North Loop Trail, scuba dive for shipwrecks or simply stroll through town! 



Visit Kelleys Island Chamber of Commerce website before you go and see all there is to do for a full day of fun for the entire family!
 
The Glacial Grooves on the north side of Kelleys Island are the largest easily accessible such gooves in the world!  They were scoured into solid limestone bedrock about 18,000 years ago by the great ice sheet which covered part of North America.  A trough 400' long, 35' wide and up to 10' deep remains today.

Inscription Rock, on the south shore of Kelleys Island is marked with prehistoric Indian pictographs.  Discovered partly buried in the shoreline in 1833, this 32' by 21' rock is now entirely exposed.  Much eroded by the elements, it is now protected by a roof and viewing platform.  This large limestone rock is on the south shore of Kelleys Island just east of downtown. The remains of at least two Native American villages were found very near the rock. Archaeological and historical research suggests that until about 1643 AD, Algonquian-speaking groups affiliated with the "Fire Nation" confederacy populated the Sandusky region. Historical references describe a water route of travel via Lake Ontario to the western basin of Lake Erie, an area rich in beaver pelts. It is assumed it was these pre-historic groups or members of roving bands of Iroquoian peoples (Neutral, Erie, Cat) after 1643 that carved the rock’s markings.

Kelleys Isand is one of the stepping stones used by multitude of migrating birds to cross Lake Erie. Studies show that Kelleys Island is one of the most important migratory bird stopover sites in the Great Lakes.  Through policy engagement and on-the-ground conservation efforts, The Nature Conservancy is actively increasing the amount of coastal habitat throughout the Great Lakes basin not only for migratory birds, but also native fish populations This 2800 acre island has 17 miles of shoreline and a 600 acre state park.  Diverse habitats provide opportunities to see a large variety of birds including herons, ducks, hawks, shorebirds, cuckoos, woodpeckers, flycatchers, thrushes, vireos, warblers and orioles.


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