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Other Interesting U.S. and Canadian Island Sites

Highlighting Unbridged U.S. and Canadian Tourist Islands with Ferry Service

Shortcut: www.islandferries.us

For links to other Lake Erie island sites, go to the Lake Erie Islands or Lake Erie Islands Summary links page. The latter of these clearly lists the four unbridged Lake Erie Islands with regular ferry service.

The links to "unbridged" islands with ferry service include only those islands with regular ferry service plus some amenities for tourists. Islands such as Hog Island (RI) that have regular but infrequent ferry service and no tourist facilities, or private islands such as Rattlesnake Island (OH) with only "on demand" and very expensive ferry service, are not in our scope.

The sections on this page are

bulletGeneral Island, Lake and Ferry Information Sites
bulletGreat Lakes Islands
bulletNew England, New York and Northeast Canadian Islands
bulletNorthwest Islands
bulletSouthern Islands

This page focuses on "northern" islands above the 40th parallel, which passes very close to Columbus, Ohio and just south of New York City. We made an exception and added a single "southern" island site at the end because it is run by a close friend.

There is a separate Federal Highway Administration list of Vehicle Toll Ferries in the United States, but this does not list those ferries that carry only passengers.

And for fun, here's a link to Private Islands for Sale or Rent. a/o 2/1/04

General Island, Lake and Ferry Information Sites top


U.S. Islands Home Page

Complete Listing of U.S. Islands


Michigan Islands Directory, Listing 4 in Lake Erie


Ohio Islands Directory, Listing 45 Islands by County and 13 in Lake Erie, but missing Green Island and West Sister Island


Great Lakes Atlas


Great Lakes Cruiser Magazine


Great Lakes Field Office - National Wildlife Federation  


Great Lakes Harbor Listing


Great Lakes Information Network  

bulletGreat Lakes Islands Alliance - in 2020

Great Lakes Shipping


Great Lakes Shipwreck Research - Follow the Links to View Western Lake Erie Wrecks 


Great Lakes United - A U.S./Canadian coalition dedicated to protcting and restoring the Great Lakes


Great Lakes Web Ring (not specific to islands, but lots of Great Lakes links)


Island Information - Lots of great island links and info of all sorts

Largest Islands of the Great Lakes - useful page on the above site


Lake St. Clair Network




Midwest Connection - great general Great Lakes site


Tony Wesley's Great Lakes Page

Great Lakes Islands top   Note: Lake Erie Islands are listed on a separate page. Islands in the Niagara River and at the east end of Lake Ontario at the beginning of the St. Lawrence Seaway are listed below under New England, New York and Northeast Canadian Islands.

bulletUnbridged Islands with Ferry Service
bullet Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Lake Superior, WI (21 islands)
bulletBois Blanc Island, Lake Huron, MI
bullet Bois Blanc Island Site
bullet Ferry Info
bulletBeaver Island, Lake Michigan, MI - The most remote inhabited Great Lakes island. One of their ferries used to be Millers'.
bulletBeaverIsland.net - One of our favorite island sites outside Lake Erie! We communicate with them regularly.
bullet Beaver Island Tour
bulletBeaver Island, Other Web Sites
bulletDrummond Island, Lake Huron, MI - The largest freshwater island in the U.S.
bulletIsle Royale, Lake Superior, MI
bulletMackinac Island, Lake Huron, MI
bullet Madeline Island, Lake Superior, WI - and separate ferry link
bulletManitou Islands. Lake Michigan, MI
bulletManitoulin Island, Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada
bulletThousand Islands
bullet Washington Island, Lake Michigan, WI
bulletBridged Islands
bulletGrosse Ile, MI, plus a separate Aerial View  
bulletOther Great Lakes Islands
bulletGranite Island Light Station, Lake Superior, MI
bulletGeneral Information Links
bulletLake Michigan (and some Lake Erie) Island Aerial Images

New England, New York and Northeast Canadian Islands top

I grew up in Rhode Island. Block Island, Newport and Conanicut Island are the places where I fell in love with islands. Many of my New England friends and acquaintances tend to turn up their noses at the mention of any islands in Lake Erie or the Great Lakes, and don't believe me when I tell them that in Lake Erie, they can have the same beauty as in Conanicut, Martha's Vineyard and the other places listed below, but at a small fraction of the cost.

bulletUnbridged Islands with Ferry Service
bulletThe Islands of Maine
bullet Cranberry Isles
bullet Casco Bay
bulletChebeague Island
bulletCliff Island
bulletFrenchboro Island
bullet Frenchboro - a private site
bullet Frenchboro in the Maine Coast Guide
bulletGreat Diamond Island
bullet Great Diamond Island - Main Site
bullet Diamond Cove
bullet Isle au Haut
bullet Isles of Shoals
bullet Matinicus Island
bullet Monhegan Commons
bullet Visitors' Guide
bullet Peak's Island, ME
bulletSeguin Island, ME - The only island site I know of that's dedicated to an uninhabited island
bulletSwan's Island, ME
bullet Swan's Island, Main Site
bullet Hotel Site, with good island history
bullet Vinalhaven Island, ME - another small, quiet and beautiful island. In the "Middle Bass" category!
bulletThe Islands of Southern New England
bulletBlock Island, RI - A fairly remote island with about 800 year-round residents.
bullet Blockisland.com
bullet Blockislandferry.com
bullet Boston Harbor Islands National Park, MA - A hidden surprise and delight near Boston.
bullet Cuttyhunk Island, MA - small and quiet, with only 35 year-round residents. In the "Middle Bass category"
bulletMartha's Vineyard, MA - Crowded but beautiful, somewhat like Put-in-Bay
bullet Martha's Vineyard - Main Site
bullet Martha's Vineyard Vacation Tips
bullet Martha's Vineyard Online
bullet Martha's Vineyard Times
bullet Discover the Magic of Martha's Vineyard
bulletNantucket Island, MA
bulletNantucket Island, MA - - crowded but beautiful, somewhat like Put-in-Bay
bulletYesterday's Island - Another Nantucket Site
bulletPrudence Island, RI - 3600 acres, 100 year-round residents, 2500 summer residents, but no Web site and no pictures. Even the ferry doesn't have its own site, but you can click here for the ferry address and phone number
bullet Article about Prudence Island
bulletThe Islands of New York
bulletEllis Island (actually there is a bridge, but tourist access is only by ferry)
bullet The Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Foundation
bullet Ellis Island Immigration Museum
bullet Ellis Island National Monument
bulletLiberty Island
bullet Statue of Liberty National Monument
bullet Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Ferry
bullet Shelter Island
bulletThe Islands of Eastern Canada
bullet General Ferry Information for Ontario
bulletBattle Harbour, Labrador
bullet Battle Harbour Main Site
bullet Battle Harbour at the south-eastern Labrador Tourist Site
bullet Amherst Island - Ontario / Thousand Islands Area
bullet Howe Island - (cable ferry) no website, but some info on this site - Ontario / Thousand Islands Area
bullet Simcoe Island - (cable ferry leaves from Wolfe Island) Ontario / Thousand Islands Area
bulletThousand Islands
bullet VisitThousandIslands.com
bullet 1000 Island PR Home Page - Great Boater's Guide, pictures and more
bulletWolfe Island - Largest of the Thousand Islands - Ontario / Thousand Islands Area
bullet Wolfe Island Main Site
bullet More Wolfe Island Info
bulletBridged Islands
bullet Conanicut Island (Jamestown), RI - quiet, accessible via bridges, and with great seafood restaurants. The homes on the old estates are magnificent, but very expensive.
bullet Fire Island, NY
bulletNewport, RI
bulletNewport, RI - 30 miles long and accessible via several bridges, with many things to see and do
bulletNewport, RI Chamber of Commerce
bullet Newport, RI - info about Oliver Hazard Perry and the memorial to him at Trinity Church in Newport
bulletNiagara Falls Area
bulletGrand Island, NY
bullet Chamber of Commerce
bullet Dufferin Island, ON
bulletOther Bridged Islands of Islands Eastern Canada
bulletCape Breton
bullet Cape Breton Island - Main Site
bulletCape Breton Island - A Directory Site
bullet Cape Breton Regional Municipality
bullet Cape Breton Birds
bulletPrince Edward Island, Canada
bullet Prince Edward Island Tourism
bulletPrince Edward Island Community Access
bulletNiagara Falls Islands - There are numerous small islands in the Niagara River above and below Niagara Falls, and an incomplete overview of these can be found here. It includes Goat Island, Green Island, Luna Island and the Three Sister Islands. At one point five islands were connected by footbridges, as described here. The Three Sister Islands can still be reached via footbridges. a/o 2/1/04
bullet Three Sister Islands Three Sisters Islands were named after the daughters of Parkhurst Whitney, a hotelman and prominent local citizen. The daughter's names were Asenath, Angeline and Celinda Eliza a/o 2/1/04
bullet Thousand Islands Bridge System - This extends from Collins Landing near Alexandria Bay, NY to Ivy Lea near Gananoque, Ontario and covers a distance of 8.5 miles. It provides a direct connection between US I-81 and Canada highway 401 and crosses the following islands: Hill Island, Constance Island, Georgia Island and Wellesley Island.
bulletOther Northeast Islands
bullet Swan Island, ME (not the same as Swan's Island above)
bullet Thimble Islands, CT - A confetti-like archipelago of several hundred islands ranging from a few feet to a quarter-mile in size, all of them teeming with seabirds and marine life.

Northwest Islands top

bullet Alaska's Marine Highway Ferry System - The main form of transportation to many outlying towns in Alaska isn't car, plane or train, but ferry. Why take a cruise ship when the local ferries are cheaper and introduce you to far more local scenery, people and wildlife?
bullet Ferry Ports in Alaska
bulletVancouver Island, BC
bulletWhidbey and Camano Islands, WA (Whidbey is featured in the film "Double Jeopardy")

Southern Islands top

We originally started adding a few links to some islands in the southeast, but then decided that since any islands below the 40th parallel are "beneath" us, they really don't belong on this site. (The 40th passes very close to Columbus, Ohio and just south of New York City.)

However, I made a single exception for Puerto Rico, but only because the owner and designer of the following site is a close friend who also runs her site purely as a hobby, as I do. We exchange ideas on improving our sites regularly. So take a look at


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