The Press Newspaper
Located in Oregon, Maumee Bay State Park and the Maumee Bay Lodge and Conference Center truly offer something for everyone – from swimming and golf on sunny summer afternoons to sledding and cross-country skiing when the weather turns cold.
Birders will find the park boasts a variety of easily accessible bird habitats, including the open waters of Maumee Bay, a sand beach, inland ponds, a swamp forest, a wetland meadow, an upland meadow and cottonwood/hawthorn/dogwood thickets.
The state-of-the-art Trautman Nature Center, which is staffed by a year-round naturalist, features interactive displays, an auditorium, viewing windows and a research laboratory.
A two-mile elevated boardwalk trail winds through 80 acres of wetland habitat, perfect for spotting migrating songbirds. More than 300 species of birds have been recorded, including shorebirds and waterfowl. Significantly, Ohio’s bald eagle population is slowly growing in the western basin of Lake Erie, with recent reports of nesting pairs in the area.
The plant life is diverse as well. Cattails, buttonbush, bur-reed, cottonwood and black willow are just a few examples of the marsh plants at the park.
Several prairies in the park offer interpretive experiences for visitors interested in the various species and ecosystems found there.
Developed hiking trails in the park include the Mouse Trail, a three-mile multi-use 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.
The park boasts two sand beaches - one located on the Lake Erie shore and another lining the park’s inland lake. The beaches offer a concession area and changing booths for visitors’ convenience. A large lakeside amphitheater lies between the two beaches. Picnic areas with tables and grills can be found adjacent to the beach areas.
Lake Erie, known as the “walleye capital of the world,” offers some of the best fishing in the Midwest. The man-made inland lake near the lodge offers good pan fishing opportunities.
Controlled hunting is permitted in adjacent Mallard Club Marsh Wildlife Area. A valid Ohio fishing and/or hunting license is required; all wildlife regulations apply.
Boaters will find plenty to enjoy at Maumee Bay, both on Lake Erie and on the inland lake, which is great for sailing, canoeing and other non-motorized boat use. Canoes, paddle boats and row boats are available for rent. Wave runners can be rented on the Lake Erie beach.
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 pro-shop is in operation with a PGA-certified professional on staff. Lessons and golf outings can be arranged.
The park boasts a welcoming family campground equipped with showerhouses, flush toilets, electricity and playground equipment. Pet camping is also permitted. Five miles of asphalt “bicycle/pedestrian” trails provide access to most of the day-use areas.
During cold-weather months, the park is teeming with the thrills and spills of winter activity, including cross-country skiing, winter nature walks, ice skating and sledding.
The Quilter Lodge at the Maumee Bay Resort and Conference Center sits along the shore of Lake Erie. A two-story native stone fireplace welcomes guests to a massive beam and glass lobby designed to blend with the natural elements of the park. The guestrooms with private balconies/patios provide spectacular views of the surrounding park.
The lodge also offers racquetball courts, a game room, saunas, whirlpools, indoor and outdoor pools, conference and meeting rooms, a dining room and lounge, and a snack bar. Deluxe cottages feature fireplaces and modern amenities adjacent to the wetlands or the lush greens of the golf course. Swimming pools are also available for lodge and cottage guests.
Maumee Bay State Park is located at 1400 State Park Rd. For more information about the park, call 419-836-7758.
For information about the Resort and Conference Center, located at 1750 State Park Rd. #2, call 419-836-1466 (lodge front desk), 800-282-7275 for lodge/cottage reservations or visit www.maumeebayresort.com. Inquire about special rate packages, which may include packages for couples, families, golf and “date night”