Ferry and boat rides to Lake Erie islands canceled for first part of holiday weekend

Weather being blamed for Friday and Saturday cancelations.
Updated: May. 27, 2021 at 1:00 PM EDT
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ERIE COUNTY, Ohio (WOIO) -People who were planning on a Memorial Day get-away to the Lake Erie islands are now scrambling after two of the major carriers shut down operation for Friday and Saturday based on weather forecasts.

Both Jet Express and Kelleys Island Ferry have posted on social media that rides to the islands have been canceled out of safety for passengers and crew.

On Thursday evening, many people rushed over to catch the very last ferry until Sunday to Kelley’s Island. Many people are bummed because it’s ruined their plans, and businesses are hoping they’ll still be able to make up for some of what they suffered during the pandemic.

“We actually weren’t planning on arriving until tomorrow, so we changed our course of action so we could get here tonight,” said Mike Mains. “We gotta make it, yeah, right.”

Mains decided to make the trip from Cincinnati a day earlier to get to the ferry in time.

“We do this every year for Memorial Day; come over to Kelley’s go to Put-in-Bay for the day,” explained Mains. “We even did it last year during COVID; hopefully, it’s a little different this year.”

Jaime Fisher was planning on a nice family weekend at her cottage, but now not everyone will make it.

“We had heard that they’re closing the ferries, so we’re trying to get over, but my husband’s not gonna be able to make it over, or my daughters,” said a disappointed Fisher.

Many businesses are bummed, too; they were counting on this weekend to make up for the major hit they’ve taken the past year because of covid.

“It sucks especially for all the people that are coming over, but they made sure they ran three boats today, they ran later boats, and a lot of people have been coming over because they sent the word out early,” said G Hemminger, co-owner of Peepers.

Jason and G Hemminger own Peepers. They say their biggest problem is that a lot of their staff wasn’t able to get to the island. The bands that were supposed to play also canceled.

“All the bars, restaurants, and events are ready to go on Sunday for anybody else who decides to come over,” G said. “We’re all as staffed as we’re going to get, which is the biggest problem right now everywhere is staffing, but we’re all ready to have fun.”

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