Barge party returns

Five reasons to hit the bay Saturday afternoon
Andy Ouriel
Jul 11, 2014

After a one-year hiatus, the Sandusky Bay Barge Party is back.

Local boating enthusiasts have resurrected the rambunctious yet popular bayside beach bash, emanating from the shores of Sandusky's sandbar on Saturday.

Hundreds if not thousands are expected to attend the event.

With some help from Shaun Bickley, the event’s main coordinator, here’s five reasons to attend the gathering:

No charge

Anyone can boat, paddle or — for Olympian-like athletes — swim to the event. Be careful. Fatigue from the sun and partying all day might tire some out that are returning to the mainland once the party officially ends at 5 p.m.

Warm weather

The forecast ranges from high 70s late Saturday morning to low 80s throughout the afternoon. There’s a slight chance of rain, which might prove beneficial for those looking to cool off without getting drenched in Lake Erie.

Hitting the right notes

Starting at 1 p.m., Popular Ohio-based cover band Off The Hook is scheduled to rock the barge stage, playing during separate contests tailored for both men and women.


My favorite part is getting out and meeting all the like-minded boaters and other partiers,” Bickley said.

Drink but be safe

People can drink when they’re out in the bay but stay alert — Bickley expects a barrage of law enforcement officials to patrol in and around the barge party.

“Please make sure to have a sober skipper,” Bickley said.

Two years ago, undercover and on-duty agents charged Bickley and his family with various offenses while hosting the Barge Party. This, along with resulting legal fallout, forced the family to cancel the Barge Party in 2013.




Sober skipper and a porta potty!

Perkins Resident

A few years back I was at the barge party relaxing on an inner tube, drinking a beer and all of a sudden a piece of feces floated by and brushed up against my leg. I haven't been back since.


Same happened to us, took our boat over to the first couple of them, standing there and the same thing come floating past, never went back, we know several people that have got infections from the water. Its a disaster waiting to happen.


Shouldn't the subtitle be "Five reasons to avoid the bay Saturday afternoon?"


At one point in time... long long ago the sewer emptied into the bay...Gross, but true.
The feces thing is disgusting and NOT that it's any better but so many people bring their dogs that it very well could be dog poop and not human I said not any better but just sayin...all of you people that bring your dogs to the beaches (Sandbar) could you start cleaning up after them...I don't let my kids poop on the beach or pee on your stuff or sand toys so keep your dogs under control PLEASE!

As for the barge party...No1 said you had to get off your boat, I know I wouldn't.


Where does the water you drink come from?

Erie County Resident

Ohio Bike Week trash part II water logged style.
Nothing but drunken drouling idiots chasing skanks.

It's beyond me how this is giving back to the community unless your running a bar, a hooker, or a porta-potty service.