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Address: 1523 Catawba Ave, South Bass Island State Park, Put in Bay, OH 43456-5508
Phone Number: +1 419-285-2628
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Now offering Boat Tours with a licensed charter captain for up to 6...

Now offering Boat Tours with a licensed charter captain for up to 6 passengers! Please do not confuse us with any other jet ski rental. We are the pros. No accidents. No safety violations. Ever! Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rentals, located at the South Bass Island State Park, Ohio, in the same location since 1992. Open everyday of the year weather permitting. Memorial Day through Labor Day 10-6 pm for boat, jet ski, stand-up paddle boards and kayak rentals, sight seeing tours and excursions by a licensed chater captain, Labor Day to Memorial Day. All safety equipment and complete instruction is provided. We show you everything you need to know. Seven minute safety and operation orientation with every rental.

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Interesting and fun!

There were 4 of us who took a great boat tour without planning it ahead of time. We learned things about the area we did not know. The Captain was courteous fun and made an... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 July 2016
Diane M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

There were 4 of us who took a great boat tour without planning it ahead of time. We learned things about the area we did not know. The Captain was courteous fun and made an enjoyable trip for us all. He knows a lot about the area and will tell you as much or as little as you want to... More 

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Thank Diane M
Bob G, Owner at Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rentals, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the great review, Diane. It was a pleasure to have your family out on the water. We look forward to seeing you again and thank you for all your support! More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

My friend, boyfriend, and I rented a 14' 40 hp speed boat a few weekends ago for 2 hours and had a great time! The staff at PIB Watercraft Rentals were very professional and it's obvious that safety for us, other boaters, and the boat itself was #1. We went through a quick tutorial. The area where we are allowed... More 

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Bob G, Owner at Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rentals, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review and it was a pleasure to serve you. We hope to see you again soon. More 

Dayton, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016

Three of us took a 60 minute tour on a very nice boat with Captain Bob. He gave us interesting information and we went to see him sing that night at The Reel Bar.

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Bob G, Owner at Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rentals, responded to this review

It was a pleasure to meet you all and go on a tour. Thank you! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016 via mobile

For a spur of the moment boat ride this was great. Captain Bob was very friendly and accommodating. And his knowledge about the islands was fascinating. I would highly recommend this boat tour.

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1 Thank Cathy P
Bob G, Owner at Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rentals, responded to this review

Thank you, Cathy. It was a lot of fun! Thank you for visiting us! More 

Chicagp
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

Great time on Lake Erie with Captain Bob. He took us around the entire island and captivated us with his stories about the history and people of the area.

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Bob G, Owner at Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rentals, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time, Su, to leave such a nice review. It was a pleasure to meet you! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

Had a great time highly recommend very entertaining and knowledgeable a great way to break up the day at the Bay

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Bob G, Owner at Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rentals, responded to this review

Hi Dan hank you for the nice review. It was a pleasure seeing you again for the tour! More 

Saugerties, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016

Six of us enjoyed a one hour island tour with Captain Bob Gatewood. Not only does he point out the islands surrounding Put In Bay, but he explains so much of the history of the area. We would recommend this for any family or group of friends. Enjoy!

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calabash_bob, Owner at Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rentals, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to review our business. It was a pleasure to meet you and your family and to be out on the water with you all. More 

Valley City, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2016

My family and I frequent South Bass Island numerous times throughout the Summer and Fall. PIB Watercraft Rentals is always on our itinerary - we enjoy the chance to ride the Wave Runners on the glistening waters of Lake Erie. Wicked Fun. Have met the owner Bob a few times and he's extremely hospitable. Great guy. Highest recommendations for PIB... More 

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calabash_bob, Owner at Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rentals, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your continued support and that positive review,Currahee! We are glad you enjoyed yourselves and hope to see your family again this year. More 

Huntington, West Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015

Bob helped me design and implement a great trip for me to propose to my girlfriend. I live in WV but was planning a weekend getaway to ask my girlfriend to marry me. We went on a guided boat tour and saw a lot of the beautiful island. We had pre-arranged a spot to get out "for a picture" where... More 

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Thank Zack D
calabash_bob, Owner at Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rentals, responded to this review

That was a fantastic tour! Thanks so much for having your special day with us... and she said yes! This was a first for us and we are so glad we could be a part of it. Thank you and many happy years together for you two! More 

Bay Village, Ohio
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2015

We rented jet skis here a few years ago and they had jet skis available. However, when we tried to rent them this year on a holiday weekend (Labor Day), there were no jet skis available. They would not take our name down to reserve a time slot as they were closing in an hour. However, they told us to... More 

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Thank skinnycrissy
calabash_bob, Owner at Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rentals, responded to this review

Hi skinnycrissy thanks for being a return customer and for leaving feedback. We advise making a reservation any time you would like to come visit us but definitely on a busy holiday weekend. Hope to see you again soon! More 

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