In regards to mobay's question: North Bass was the largest vineyard in Ohio, about 450 acres of vines, but that was before the State purchased the island. Last year they took out all but like 40 acres of grapes, which those are leased out to Firelands Winery in Sandusky.
What does the State plan to do with North Bass? Well they intend to make it a State Park. It will cater more towards ecotourism type of activities, like bird watching (I guess North Bass plays an important roll in the way of bird migration in the area) hiking, walking tails, and rough camping on a permit type basis. This however I think is a few years down the line, at this time they are focusing more on Lonz's and the marina there, which they should first.
Whats on North Bass? Well nothing really, the only place to spend money on the island is at the post office. There is the last operating one room school house in the state, one of only five in the country (it will close at the end of this school year though), a beautiful century old church, a cemetery, a beautiful 1872 wine cellar (which is now a private cottage) an airstrip, historic homes, most of which were built in the 1860's and lots and lots of nature.
What does the island have to offer? History and nature, along with peace and quiet. NB played a huge part in the history of the Lake Erie Islands and those who founded them. It was NB that sealed the foundation that would become known as the famous Lake Erie Wine Islands. (there were times in the 1800's that North Bass had more people living there than were on Put in Bay.)
North Bass really is a treasure, not in what it has became, but in what it has remained, if you know what I mean. But all the islands are treasures. They each are all so different and that is what makes them each so special. How lucky we are to have these wonderful islands at our finger tips. I've boated around the country and no place so far, other than maybe the Virgin Islands, can compare. It makes me almost sad for all those poor souls who don't have the luxury of spending time on Lake Erie and her beautiful islands.
And if the Ottawa Indians take North Bass, it all could change, not just one island, all of them.