Put-in-Bay Township Park District

The Scheeff East Point Nature Preserve was the first property acquired on South Bass Island by the Park District. With 1,700 feet of Lake Erie shoreline, the park is one of the last remaining natural settings for people to enjoy South Bass Island. An approximately ½ mile looped hiking trail winds its way along the shore of Lake Erie, offering spectacular views of Lake Erie and the surrounding islands. East Point’s rocky shores, shallow water, and upland cover also provide habitat for the Lake Erie watersnake, shorebirds, waterfowl, and a host of shoreline plants. Located in the Atlantic Migratory Flyway, this preserve provides resting areas for thousands of migratory birds making their bi-annual trek through the islands. The site is home to man-made nesting structures for purple martins, tree swallows, and chimney swifts where these sensitive species can roost and eventually make the flight to South America for the winter. Fishing and bird watching take place on the property.

Funding for the purchase was provided by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Section 6 Grant, Western Reserve Land Conservancy, First Energy, Lake Erie Islands Conservancy, Clean Ohio Conservation Fund, Sandusky Bay Eagles Foundation, Black Swamp Conservancy, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Lorain National Bank, Ohio Division of Natural Areas and Preserves and the Ohio Division of Wildlife, private donations, and a significant donation by Rose B. Scheeff.

View or download the trail map here:

Scheeff East Point Preserve Trail Map


South Bass Island – State Route 357, East Terminus

Parcel Size:

9.1 acres


Foot, canoe, and kayak


2,205 foot looped - rugged, natural hazards

Hope you visit and enjoy the Scheeff East Point Preserve!