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Independence Dam State Park runs along the banks of the Maumee River in Ohio and covers 592 beautiful acres. The Maumee River provides the opportunity for a number of recreational activities, which helps it to stand out from the other parks in the area. Boating, fishing, canoeing, and paddleboarding are all popular, as well as other land-based activities such as hiking and picnicking.
Independence Dam State Park was first established in 1941 and was the main travel route for Native Americans who were traveling along the four-mile river. Today, many people make it part of their vacation and rent an RV in Defiance County. With nearby towns such as Toledo, Maumee, and Findlay to explore, it is a very popular place to stay.
When it comes to things to do, boating is, without a doubt, one of the most popular activities for those that go state park RV camping here. There is a four-mile stretch of the river that has no motor restrictions, which means getting out on the water in a boat here can be a lot of fun. Jet skiing and water skiing can be enjoyed here with ease, making the park a water sports lover’s dream, and in the summer months, it can be great fun to watch the skiers racing at speed. For those that enjoy the quieter side of boating, canoeing and kayaking are also an option, and with a four-lane boat ramp available, access to the water is easy.
The Maumee River forms the main way for people to get their recreational kicks in at Independence Dam State Park; therefore it is hardly surprising that fishing is another popular pastime. As long as you have an Ohio Fishing License, then you are good to go. You can fish both above and below the dam and have a chance of catching a range of species such as catfish, crappie, walleye, largemouth bass, and northern pike, to name a few. Fishing from both the shore and by boat is available here.
When motorhome camping in Independence Dam State Park, be sure to make use of the hiking trails, as these will give you the best overview of the area's rugged beauty. The main trail runs by the side of the river, and is relatively flat, making it accessible even for novice hikers. The view is incredible the whole way, and there are plenty of places to stop en route to either admire the view or enjoy a bite to eat. The trail was once towpath. Once you've heading next to the river for a while, you'll head into dense forests, giving you the best of both worlds.
Located in the eastern section of Independence Dam State Park is the state park RV campgrounds, offering an idyllic escape where you can fall asleep to the sounds of the river. Be aware that this is a tent-only campground.
Campfire RV Park is one of the closest options to go camping with an RV near the park. This a good option for those who would prefer to stay a little closer to urban life but still far enough away to get out of the hustle and bustle of city life. There are 145 standard sites here with full hookups, plus 15 primitive campsites for those that prefer the more rustic camping experience. There is also an on-site dump station and a clean and modern shower house. With an event center also on-site, it is the perfect spot to hold a party or family reunion.
A fascinating place to visit during your stay in the area is the National Museum of the Great Lakes. The museums help to tell the story of these incredible bodies of water through over 300 artifacts, stunning photography, audio-visual displays, and over 40 hands-on exhibits, which will help to keep the whole family entertained. You'll be taken on a journey back through history spanning hundreds of years, from the fur trading in the 1600s to the present day. You'll never think about these beautiful inland seas the same again.
If the weather is nice, one of the most relaxing day trips is to a local winery, of which there are many. A good choice is the Stoney Ridge Winery. You'll be able to drive through a scenic 13 acres of vineyard to the cost winery. Here visitors are able to take a trip to the tasting room at their leisure and sample a selection of the delicious, handcrafted wines on offer. There is also the option of grabbing a bite to eat here on the patio, overlooking the rows and rows of grapes. If the weather is not good, then there is always the option of relaxing by the fireplace inside.
Animal lovers flock from all over the state to pay a visit to the Toledo Zoo and Aquarium. From tiny butterflies to huge polar bears, you can find it all and more at the zoo. The attraction is home to a huge array of animals big and small, and each and everyone is well cared for and looked after. Overall there are more than 10,000 creatures representing over 720 different species. There is a constant effort to save endangered species, and the zoo is involved in more than 80 species survival plans. This is a fantastic day out for all the family and can be enjoyed throughout the year when you have a Toledo camper rental.