In the winter of 2000 and spring of 2001, the state of Ohio purchased 124 acres on Middle Bass Island, including undeveloped natural areas featuring wetlands, woodlands, glacial grooves, and nearly a mile of Lake Erie shoreline, along with the shell of the Lonz Winery and the marina complex.
Catawba Island Statepark near Port Clinton serves as the main headquarters for the Lake Erie Islands stateparks (including Kelleys Island, South Bass and Oak Point), and provides a fishing pier, launch ramp, picnic shelter and picnic areas for day-use visitors.
Crane Creek StatePark, west of Port Clinton, is one of the state's foremost birding areas and is notable for its spring and fall bird migrations.
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