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Maumee Bay State Park
MAUMEE BAY STATE PARK
MAUMEE BAY STATE PARK
1400 State Park Road
Oregon, Ohio   43618-9532

Phone: 419-836-7758
Reservations: 866-644-6727
Maumee Bay State Park

Maumee Bay State Park
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Tesla and her 30 in 6 lb blue cat named King Kong 10-16-2010

Maumee Bay State Park
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Maumee Bay State Park
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Tesla Anne making dad proud

Maumee Bay State Park offers not only the finest of recreational facilities in the Midwest, but also a unique natural environment created by the convergence of the land and Lake Erie. The lodge, cottages and golf course are nestled among the scenic meadows, wet woods and lush marshes teeming with wildlife. The balance of recreational facilities with the natural world gives visitors a diverse experience in a coastal environment.
Nature of the Area
Maumee Bay State Park is a tribute to Lake Erie. This precious gift is one of the largest bodies of fresh water in the world and it reflects the diverse natural heritage of Ohio.

The history of Lake Erie began with the glacial period known as the Pleistocene. Massive sheets of ice gouged and scoured the bedrock of Ohio. Testimony of the ice's force is found throughout the lake area. Small scratches in the rock surface known as glacial striations are common, while major grooves are rare but awesome.

The wetlands of the Maumee Bay area offer a vivid array of natural wonders. Wetlands contain more species of wildlife than any other habitat type, including: fox snake, northern water snake, painted turtle, chorus frog, green frog, spotted salamander, raccoon, muskrat, dragonfly, caddis fly, and water striders. Over 300 species of birds have been recorded with shorebirds such as snipe, great blue heron, common gallinule and ring-billed gulls residing with waterfowl including Canada geese, pintails, redheads, and ruddy ducks. Songbirds include the red-winged blackbird, yellow warbler, killdeer and swamp sparrow. Spring migration brings many others including the colorful warblers. The plant life is diverse as well. Cattails, buttonbush, phragmites, bur-reed, cottonwood and black willow are just a few examples of the marsh plants at the park.

Several prairies exist in the park that offer interpretive experiences for those visitors interested in the various species and ecosystems found there. Ring-necked pheasants densely populate the meadow areas of the park.

The Lake Erie shoreline sets the stage for the comeback of the bald eagle in Ohio. Nesting pairs have been reported recently in Ohio with the majority being in the western basin of Lake Erie.
History of the Area
Thirteen thousand years ago, Lake Erie was much larger than it is today -- stretching from western New York to Fort Wayne, Indiana. As the lake receded to its present size, a great flat plain was formed (120 miles long and 30-40 miles wide). This area became known as the Great Black Swamp due to the color of the soil and dark shade beneath the trees. The Indians settled only near the well-drained lands beside the Maumee River and its tributaries.

For many years, the swamp was a tremendous barrier to western settlement. Most settlers traveled by boat on Lake Erie to reach southern Michigan. Major cities of the area circled the perimeter of the swamp; none lay within it except Bowling Green. In 1859, a law was passed providing for a system of public ditches to drain the land. By 1870, the swamp was still only half cleared. Eventually, after a period of intense lumbering and draining, the swamp had nearly vanished and the area became a major agricultural region.

Acquisition of park lands began in 1974 with matching funds from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Maumee Bay officially became a state park in 1975.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
GeneralLand, acres1336
 Water, acresGreat Lake
Day-UseFishingyes
 Huntingyes
 Hiking Trail, miles10
 Picnickingyes
 Swimming Beachyes
 Beach Concessionyes
 Nature Centeryes
 Nature Programsyes
BoatingBoat Rentalyes
 Boating Limits-1
CampingElectric Sites, #252
 Pets Permittedyes
 Flush Toiletsyes
 Dumpstationyes
 Showersyes
 Rent-A-Camp Sites, #3
 Rent-A-Yurt, #1
WinterSleddingyes
 Cross-Country Skiingyes
 Ice Skatingyes
AccommodationsLodge Rooms, #120
 Family Cottages, #24
 Game Roomyes
 Indoor Swimming Poolyes
 Tennisyes
 Outdoor Swimming Poolyes
 Golf Courseyes
 Restaurantyes
Camping
The park boasts a modern family campground with 256 sites. The campground is equipped with showerhouses, flush toilets, electricity and playground equipment. The campsites are open and spacious and border natural meadows and ponds which are open to fishing for campers only. Pet camping is also permitted. Rent-A-Camp units consisting of a tent, dining fly, cooler, cook stove and other equipment can be rented during the summer months. Five miles of asphalt "bicycle/pedestrian" trails provide access to most of the day-use areas.
Cottages
The deluxe cottages at the park are nestled among scenic wetlands and a picturesque golf course. The cottages are equipped with a gas fireplace, heating and air conditioning, fully equipped kitchen, living area, two bedrooms with a loft, or four bedrooms. Cottage guests may use all lodge facilities.
Swimming
In addition to the lodge's pools (for lodge and cottage guests), the park boasts two sand beaches. One beach is located on the Lake Erie shore while the other lines the park's inland lake. A concession area and changing booths are provided. A large lakeside amphitheater lies between the two beaches.
Boating
Lake Erie offers unlimited opportunities for boaters. A 57-acre inland lake in the park is suitable for sailing, canoeing and other non-motorized boat use. Canoes, paddle boats and row boats are available for rent. Waverunners can be rented on the Lake Erie beach.


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Picnicking
Picnic areas with tables and grills can be found adjacent to the beach areas.
Trails
Developed hiking trails in the park include the Mouse Trail, a 3-mile diverse trail winding through meadows and young woodlands, and several miles of paved combination trails for bicycling and cross-country skiing. Hikers will discover acres of meadow, marshland and woodland. A 2-mile boardwalk traversing swamp and marsh wetlands has interpretive signs, an observation blind and tower, and wheelchair accessible loop.
Nature Programs
A state-of-the-art nature center staffed by a year-round naturalist is located in the park. The Trautman Nature Center is equipped with inter-active displays, a programming auditorium, research laboratory and viewing windows. In addition, a remote video monitoring system transmits wetland activity back to the center so that persons of all abilities can experience a wetland. A boardwalk trail is adjacent to the nature center.
Area Attractions
Three national wildlife refuges exist in Ohio and they are all within a short distance of the park. Information on Cedar Point, West Sister and Ottawa National Wildlife Refuges may be obtained by calling (419) 898-0014.

Crane Creek Wildlife Experiment Station and Magee Marsh State Wildlife Area are located 15 miles east of Maumee Bay.

Adjacent to the wildlife area is Crane Creek State Park boasting one of the state's largest beaches and day-use facilities. Two state nature preserves, Louis W. Campbell and Irwin Prairie, are operated by ODNR's Division of Natural Areas and Preserves and are located within an hour drive of the park.
Things To Do in the Area
Camp Patmos - Kelleys Island, OHFamily Outting
Week long youth camps. Located on the shores of Kelleys Island. Guests will learn to sail, wakeboard, waterski while enjoying the beauty of the Lake Erie island.
Web Site: camppatmos.com
35.3 miles from park*
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
May 10 Superb all the way around! by Bedfordmike2
Beautiful accomadations w/ world class dining & a setting that cant be beat!


Area Campgrounds

Stony Ridge KOA Kampground
24787 Luckey Road
Perrysburg, OH
419-837-6848


Inland Mobile Home Park & Marina
10655 W. State Rt 2
Oak Harbor, OH
419-838-5071


Area Fishing Related Businesses
Maumee Bay General Store
7410 Jerusalem Rd
Oregon, OH
(419) 836-4049


Edgewater Bait & Tackle
3058 131st St
Toledo, OH
(419) 727-8380


Bait Bucket
5809 Edgewater Dr
Toledo, OH
(419) 729-2881


Zunk's Sportsman Bait & Carry
9636 Jerusalem Rd
Curtice, OH
(419) 836-3713


Butch & Denny's Bait Shop
10408 Corduroy Rd
Curtice, OH
(419) 836-7351


Al Szuch Fishery-Live Bait
10950 Corduroy Rd
Curtice, OH
(419) 836-5264


Zap Custom Lure Co
1939 1/2 W Sylvania Ave
Toledo, OH
(419) 475-2621


Area Cabins and Lodges
Maumee Bay Resort & Conference Center: Lodge
1750 State Park Rd # 2
Oregon, OH
(419) 836-1466


Radisson Hotel Toledo
101 N Summit St
Toledo, OH
(419) 241-3000


Wyndham Toledo Hotel
444 North Summit Street
Toledo, OH
(419) 241-1411


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Camp Patmos - Kelleys Island, OHConference Center
Week long youth camps. Located on the shores of Kelleys Island. Guests will learn to sail, wakeboard, waterski while enjoying the beauty of the Lake Erie island.
Web Site: camppatmos.com
35.3 miles from park*
Indian Creek Camp Conference Center - Tecumseh, MICampgrounds
Enjoy Southeast Michigan's Best Family Camping experience at our clean, quiet, friendly campground. Jumping Pillow, WiFi, Paddle Boats, Minigolf, Swimming, Bicycling and more
Web Site: indiancreekcamping.com
35.7 miles from park*
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