Sandusky Bay

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Location of Sandusky Bay (darker blue).


Sandusky Bay is one of the principal bodies of water in northern Ohio.[1] It is situated in between Erie,[2] Ottawa,[3] and Sandusky counties in the U.S. state of Ohio and just to the south of Lake Erie.[4] It was identified as Lac (Lake) Sandouské on a 1718 map by Guillaume Delisle. It has also been referred to as Lake Junandat, Lake Otsandoske, Lake Sandusky, Sandoski Bay, Sanduskey Bay, and Sandusky Lake.[5] According to Francis Leroy Landacre, it is a "shallow, almost land-locked harbor averaging about twelve feet in depth, some fourteen or fifteen miles in length, with a width of something like two miles."[6] It contains numerous marshes and serves as an entry point for several streams.[6] Sandusky Bay runs from Muddy Creek Bay[7] to Cedar Point,[8] which separates Sandusky Bay from Lake Erie.[6] The Sandusky River drains into the bay at its westernmost point.

The Thomas A. Edison Memorial Bridge carries Route 2 and Route 269 across Sandusky Bay at its Eastern end.[9] This is the only direct highway link between Ottawa and Erie Counties. Sandusky Bay can be viewed from Marblehead Lighthouse at Marblehead Lighthouse State Park. The Sandusky Bay Water Trail was dedicated on June 2, 2007 to provide recreational opportunities along Sandusky Bay.[10] The water of Sandusky Bay is shallow and rarely clear.[6] According to author Tom Cross, "Sandusky Bay is known for great early spring crappie fishing."[11]

Current Events

Samples of water from Sandusky Bay gathered on July 30 and 31, 2012 showed that invasive Asian carp might have gotten to Lake Erie, possibly impacting Lake Erie's $1 billion fishing industry and $10 billion tourism industry.[12]

On June 14, 2012, Sandusky Bay lent its name to a station of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency.[13]

Wars and Rebellions

War of 1812. General Harrison dragged boats across the de Lery portage from Sandusky Bay to Lake Erie.[14]

Old French War. Colonel John Bradstreet sailed sixty long boats into Sandusky Bay and encamped on September 20, 1704.[14]

Mackenzie Rebellion of 1837. Rebels might have traveled across the ice from Sandusky Bay to Pelee Island.[15]


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  2. "Welcome to the City of Sandusky, Ohio". 2013-08-25. Retrieved 2015-06-18. 
  3. "The great history of our area". Retrieved 2015-06-18. 
  4. "SOUTH SHORE OF LAKE ERIE SANDUSKY BAY 10 (Marine Chart : US14842_P1171) | Nautical Charts App". Retrieved 2015-06-18. 
  5. "Feature Detail Report for: Sandusky Bay". USGS Graphical Names Information System (GNIS). U.S. Department of the Interior -- U.S. Geological Survey. 1979-07-12. Retrieved 2015-06-18. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 "The Protozoa of Sandusky Bay and Vicinity - Francis Leroy Landacre". 1925-03-31. Retrieved 2015-06-18. 
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  8. "Fun on Lake Erie at". Cedar Point. 2012-03-21. Retrieved 2015-06-18. 
  9. "Sandusky Bay (in Ottawa County, OH)". Retrieved 2015-06-18. 
  10. "The Sandusky Bay Water Trail". Retrieved 2015-06-18. 
  11. "Fishing Ohio: An Angler's Guide to Over 200 Fishing Spots in the Buckeye State - Tom Cross". Retrieved 2015-06-18. 
  12. [2][dead link]
  13. "Toledo Blade". Toledo Blade. 2012-06-14. Retrieved 2015-06-18. 
  14. 14.0 14.1 Denis Larionov & Alexander Zhulin (1912-09-15). "Read the eBook Ohio archæological and historical quarterly (Volume 21) by Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society online for free (page 33 of 44)". Retrieved 2015-06-18. 
  15. "Author's imagination stoked by Lake Erie tales". 2008-11-24. Retrieved 2015-06-18. 

Coordinates: 41°28′13″N 82°51′18″W / 41.47028°N 82.85500°W / 41.47028; -82.85500