Middle Bass Island and the Lake Erie Islands
Middle Bass Island is an island of the U.S. state of Ohio, located in Lake Erie. The
805-acre (3.258 km²) 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.
The Lake Erie Islands are a chain of archipelago islands in Lake Erie. They include
Kelley’s Island, Pelee Island, the Bass Islands, and several others. The majority of
these islands are under the sovereignty of Ohio in the United States. Pelee Island
is the only major island administered by Ontario although Middle Island is the
southernmost point in Canada. Most islands that are large enough are popular
tourist attractions with car ferries running from the mainland and between some
islands and some small airports and numerous private marinas offering other
ways to reach the islands.
Pictures taken by Hazards owner Ed
The Lonz Winery
By 1875, Middle Bass Island’s Golden Eagle Winery was reputed to be the largest wine producer in the United States. The Lonz family acquired the business in 1884 and owned and operated it until the death of George Lonz in 1968. Lonz Winery has often been compared with the wineries of the German Rhineland. The old castle-like structure has been visited by countless dignitaries including five American Presidents. The winery is now part of a corporation bearing the Lonz name. Since 1979, the wines have been made by Italian enologist Claudio Salvador.
Lonz Winery was purchased by the state of Ohio and Middle Bass Island State Park established in 2001