Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial

Overview

Rising 352 feet above Lake Erie, Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial is the most dominant feature of the Lake Erie Islands. Interred beneath the rotunda floor are the remains of the three American and three British officers who were killed during the Battle of Lake Erie. Carved in the rotunda walls are the names of Perry's vessels along with the names of the Americans who were killed or wounded in the battle. After a climb of 37 steps to the lower landing, an elevator takes visitors to an open air observation deck 317 feet above Lake Erie. On a moderately clear day the observation deck offers a panoramic view of the Lake Erie Islands and the shorelines of Ohio, Michigan, and Ontario. From mid-June through the end of August, Park Rangers offer interpretive talks about the Battle of Lake Erie, the War of 1812, construction of the monument, and other topics of interest. On weekends, Rangers offer living history demonstrations.

Map

Seasonality / Weather

January 1 to March 25: Open by prior appointment

March 26 to April 22: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Weekends Only

April 23 to May 29: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

May 30 to September 5: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

September 6 to October 24: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

October 25 to November 21: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Weekends Only

Directions

Driving: 

Traveling east, use Ohio Turnpike to US 250. Take US 250 north to SR 2 west. Take SR 2 west and follow directions below for the Jet Express or Miller Boat Line.

Traveling west, use Ohio Turnpike to SR 53. Take SR 53 north to SR 2 east. Take SR 2 east and follow directions below for the Jet Express or Miller Boat Line.

Flying: 

Griffing Island Flying Service (419-626-5161): Year round transit to Put-in-Bay and all of the Lake Erie Islands from Port Clinton and Sandusky. Reservations are required.

Dairy Air (419-285-5057): Year round transit to Put-in-Bay and all of the Lake Erie Islands from Port Clinton. Reservations are required.

Private Planes can land at Put-in-Bay Airport. It is open daily from dawn to dusk. A small landing fee is charged and tie-downs are available.

Public Transport: 

Moring/Docks, hail the harbor master on marine channel 16 when in Put-in-Bay Harbor, South Bass Island.

Ferry Service:

Port Clinton: The Jet Express passenger ferry, take SR 2 to SR163/Port Clinton exit and follow the signs to the Jet Express.

Sandusky: The Jet Express passenger ferry, take SR 2 to SR250 N/Sandusky exit and follow the signs to the Jet Express.

Kelly's Island: The Jet Express passenger ferry from public dock on Kelly's Island to Put-in-Bay or Sandusky.

Catawaba Island: Miller Boat Line passenger and vehicle ferry, take SR 2 to SR53 N/Catawba Island exit and to the Miller Boat Line.

Middle Bass Island: Sunny S passenger ferry from the public dock on Middle Bass Island to The Boardwalk, Put-in-Bay.