1400 State Park Road, Oregon, Ohio 43616
Park Office: (419) 836-7758
Camp Office (Seasonal): (419) 836-8828
Nature Center: (419) 836-9117
Camping & Shelter Reservations: (866) 644-6727
Resort Lodge: (419) 836-1466
Golf Course Pro Shop: (419) 836-9009
Lodge & Cottage Reservations: (800) 282-7275
Maumee Bay State Park offers 1,336 acres of 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.
You can find more information about each of the following activities below.
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.
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The park boasts a modern family campground with 256 sites (252 electric). 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.Campground Map
Swimming: The park features two sand beaches -- on the Lake Erie shore and along the park's inland lake. A concession area and changing booths are provided. A large lakeside amphitheater lies between the two beaches. Swimming is permitted in designated areas. Please exercise caution while swimming at the beach.
Fishing: Lake Erie, known as the "walleye capital of the world," offers some of the best fishing opportunities in the midwest. Great catches of walleye, channel catfish, freshwater drum, smallmouth bass and yellow perch delight the fisherman. The man-made inland lake near the lodge offers good pan fishing opportunities with two wheelchair accessible fishing piers and the small pond, located near parking area #7, is designated as a kid-friendly family fishing area. A valid Ohio fishing license is required.
Boating: A 32-slip marina on Lake Erie has dockage available by reservation. A 57-acre inland lake in the park is suitable for sailing, canoeing and other non-motorized boat use. A life jacket loaner board is located at the inland lake.
- 24 overnight slips with electric and water
- 7 transient day use slips
- All slips can accommodate boats up to 15’ width and 45’ length
- Pump-out service is available
- ADA accessible slips available
Golf: Maumee Bay's unique 18-hole "Scottish Links" style golf course has low, rolling mounds, bent grass fairways, greens and tees, numerous sand bunkers and ponds A golf pro-shop is in operation with a PGA certified professional on staff.
Hunting is permitted in adjacent Mallard Club Marsh Wildlife Area. A valid Ohio hunting license is required. You can find out more information about getting a valid Ohio hunting and trapping license on Ohio's division of wildlife website: http://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/hunting-trapping-and-shooting-sports/hunting-trapping-regulations/licenses-and-permits. Pursuant to Ohio Administrative Code, no person shall at any time hunt, trap, kill, pursue, or shoot at any wildlife and/or wild animals by any means within 400 feet of any nature trail, picnic area, service area, residence, barn, parking lot, cabin, or other structure.
The easy, two-mile Interpretive Boardwalk trail traverses swamp and marsh wetlands and has interpretive signs, an observation blind and tower, and a wheelchair accessible loop. A bridle/multi-use trail is open to hiking, cross-country skiing
and biking as well as horseback riding.
- Inland Lake (paved-biking & jogging) - 3.0 miles
- Interpretive Boardwalk (hiking) ADA accessible - 2.0 miles
- Multi-Use Trail - 2.5 miles
- Mouse Trail (hiking) - 2.5 Miles - Easy
Picnic areas with tables and grills can be found adjacent to the beach areas. Six shelterhouses can be reserved online or by calling (866) 644-6727. Reservations can be made up to one year in advance.
- ADA accessible
- Open 18' x 20' shelter
- Grass surface at #1, 2, 3, & 4 - sand surface at #5 & 6
- 6 picnic tables
- Charcoal grills available at #1, 2, 3, & 4
- Electric is not provided
- Close to modern restrooms, the inland & Lake Erie beaches & the waterslide
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.
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.