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Middle Bass Island, Middle Bass

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Middle Bass Island is an island of the U.S. state of Ohio, located in Lake Erie. A small town, Middle Bass, lies on the island. The 805-acre (3.258 kmĀ²) island is shaped like the Big Dipper and is one of three Bass Islands located at the center of a group of 23 smaller islands. It is located in Put-in-Bay Township, Ottawa County, Ohio.Some of its more famous neighbors are South Bass Island, with the town of Put-in-Bay, Kelleys Island, and Pelee Island. The island has a year-round population of 95 residents (2000 census). Seasonal population surges to near 1,500 residents during the summer.HistoryThe island was landed upon by French explorer, Robert La Salle, in 1679. The abundance of wildflowers on the island impressed La Salle and his crew so much that they appropriately named it Isle des Fleures, the Island of Flowers. It would retain this name for the next 200 years until it was acquired by a German count in 1856. With the aid of immigrant German workers, the island was used for grape cultivation. This proved to be a very successful undertaking. Old aerial photos of the island (and its neighbor, North Bass Island) show the majority of the island covered with neat rows of grapevines.
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  • Beautiful views. We had a great time. Nice relaxing vacation. Take the sunny back to the, food and plenty to do. 
  • Fine place for a very short visit. Beaches decent, and it appears that there are numerous rental possibilities for short or longer term breaks. However, there is very little to do other than ride bike...  read more »
  • The best part of the trip was the ferry ride over (and back). At first I thought I would really like the island because it wasn't as crowded as South Bass or Kelly's but there was a reason. We rented ...  read more »
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