Put-in-Bay’s Premier Club

The Crew’s Nest is an elite private club devoted to satisfying the needs of its members. Whether that need is big or small we strive to accommodate you in anyway possible. Located safely in the west end of the harbor in downtown Put-in-Bay, the club is just close enough to be convenient and just far enough to be relaxing and laid back. All operations are available May through September.

What We Offer

The Crew’s Nest caters to boats all shapes and sizes, offers plenty of dock space and can satisfy all your boating needs.

Sweating on a hot island summer day? Clean up! The Crew’s Nest offers all members full access to our bath house anytime of the day or night. Equipped with showers and toiletry needs.

The D-Dock shop offers a variety of brand name apparel items. Come in and check out the latest fashions with our classic emblem!

Our Club House offers a full lunch and dinner menu. Enjoy our great lake side view with cocktail from one of our bars; inside our newly renovated dining room or outside on our patio. Let your kids play outside in the “Kids Nest” child fun area while you enjoy dinner. Always be sure to check out our live entertainment on weekends and holidays!

Take dip in one of our pools! You have your choice of:
Jr. Olympic Size Pool – Enjoy a full service bar and restaurant at the pool.
Kiddie Pool – Complete with water toys for the kids.
Adult Only Pool – Enjoy pool side cocktails directly to your lounge chair. For Ages 21+ only.

The fitness center includes work facility with several amenities such as a 4 feet deep lap pool, hot tub and sauna. We are excited to announce the start of a new project. This spring the fitness center will undergo a major transformation. In addition to a newly equipped full size workout area, our members will be able to enjoy some quiet time in a yoga room and a massage room.

Come. Stay. Relax.

Crew’s Nest History

“The Eagle Cottage” was built at the turn of the century by Captain F. J. Magle who ran a small steamboat “The American Eagle.”

In 1946 Walter and Mary Laskowski purchased the structure and renamed it “The Friendly Inn.” The Laskowskis managed it as a rooming house. They cooked meals for their guests in the kitchen which is now located where the dance floor, stage and sitting area are. Their dining room is now the main part of the lounge. Walter and Mary’s bedroom was the present computer room upstairs. Although the building did not have central heating, the Laskowskis took in ice fisherman during the winter months and used fuel oil space heaters for warmth.

“The Friendly Inn” was purchased in 1968 by local islanders who are the founders of this boating club known as “The Crew’s Nest.”

A membership program began in 1970, along with a complete renovation of the structure. The doors opened to members in July of 1972.

Islander Mack McCann eventually took over ownership of The Crew’s Nest.

Continuing family tradition, Mack purchased ownership over to his daughter, Melinda Myers, who currently owns it today.

About the Area

The Crew’s Nest is located on South Bass Island about 3 miles off shore in Lake Erie, about 1 hour from Cleveland and 2 hours from Detroit. The island’s primary industry has been tourism and continues to be today. The tourist season runs roughly between April and October. Although the island takes in hundreds of thousands of visitors during these months, there are fewer than 400 full-time residents, most of whom remain on the island over the winter. Put-in-Bay has one grocery store, one hardware store, one school – which houses the one lending library branch – one gas station, a post office, one bank and two cemeteries. It has one seasonal franchise restaurants, Subway. The island does not have a hospital, but does have an Emergency Medical Service that can use a Life Flight helicopter to transport critically ill patients to mainland medical facilities.

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