South Bass Island State Park


Set on top of white cliffs on the island's southwest side, the park moseys down to a fishing pier, small rocky beach and a vendor offering jet-ski and power-boat rentals. The 128-site campground (tent and RV sites $17 to $39) packs in a partying crowd.

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