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Mary Jane Thurston State Park can be found in northwestern Ohio, not far from the Ohio - Michigan border and the Ohio cities of Toledo, Bowling Green, and Napoleon. The 591-acre park was named after Mary Jane Thurston, a school teacher from Grand Rapids, Michigan, who bequeathed land for the building of the park. Stradling the southern banks of the Maumee River, Mary Jane Thurston State Park is a riverside recreational paradise, with fishing, boating, and swimming being the staple pastimes here. This idyllic location, combined with its closeness to many major north Ohio cities, makes Mary Jane Thurston State Park a great place to take an RV rental. Accessing the park with a rental RV is made even easier with Highway 24 running along the northern fringes of the park.
Rent a camper near Mary Jane Thurston State Park, and you too can immerse yourself in the natural wonders of riverside life in northwest Ohio. Search for an RV in Henry County and see what a trip to Mary Jane Thurston State Park can be for you and the family.
One of Mary Jane Thurston State Park’s most appealing features is its locality along the Maumee River. The vast river runs along the northern bank’s state park and provides a haven for fishermen and women from all over the area. The river is home to a wide range of fish species, giving anglers fantastic sport whatever the season. Mary Jane Thurston State Park campers will have the chance to catch fish such as smallmouth bass, northern pike, walleye, white bass, channel catfish, and crappie. Children wishing to get a feel for fishing can catch fish from the state park’s on-site fishing pond.
As well as the fantastic riverside fishing, boating is also a great way to spend your time at Mary Jane Thurston State Park. The park itself has several boat ramp sites along the riverbank, which launches boats into twenty miles of open water on the Maumee River. Those motorhome camping without their own boast should not worry, the state park marina rents out all kinds of boats to campers registered at the park. Kayaking and canoeing are one the most popular boats, paddling in these will allow campers to explore the winding Maumee River with ease.
The Maumee River isn’t the only pull to campers at Mary Jane Thurston State Park. The great outdoors of this part of northern Ohio is perfect for hiking and hunting, and at the state park, you can do both. The park is home to a network of trails, and some are short like the one-mile portion of the famous Buckeye Trail, some are longer like the loop trail that winds through the floodplain forest. Hunting is also permitted at the park, and common game animals include white-tailed deer and wild turkeys.
Those RV camping at Mary Jane Thurston State Park will find accommodating facilities and a variety of amenities to suit most needs. Partial hookups are provided here, including 20, 30 amp electric hookups, and a water hookup. On-site facilities include a dump station, shower block, picnic tables, fire rings, and flushing toilets. Pets are welcome on the campgrounds but must be kept on a leash at all times.
Those looking for an alternative campground from the one at Mary Jane Thurston State Park can head to the nearby Twin Acres Campground, just north of the state park. Here, campers are provided with 20, 30, 50 amp electric, water, and sewer hookups. Facilities include a dump station, picnic tables, and many pull-thru sites.
The city of Toledo is only a half-hour drive from Mary Jane Thurston State Park and provides campers with a long list of sight-seeing opportunities. When in the city of Toledo, do not pass up the chance to visit the Toledo Museum of Art. The museum was founded by glassmaker Edward Drummond Libbey at the beginning of the 20th century and houses major works of glass art as well as American and European painted works. Famous works of art held here include Vincent Van Gogh’s ‘Houses at Auvers’ and ‘The Crowning of Saint Catherine’ by Rubens. This is a must-see for any art fan in the city.
Toledo is also home to the ‘Toledo Botanical Gardens’, a great sight to see for any horticultural enthusiast. Encompassing over fifty acres, the Toledo Botanical Gardens is divided into five gardens showcasing a range of flowers, herbs, and trees. This is the perfect place to come and relax, escaping the hustle and bustle of the city.
For those campers with young children, why not take the hour drive west to the Indiana city of Fort Wayne, and visit Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. Since opening in 1965, the 1,000-animal zoo has been located on forty acres in Fort Wayne's Franke Park and continuously ranks among the top zoos in the U.S. The zoo is separated into four major exhibits, each with its own selection of animals. These include ‘The African Journey,’ featuring lions, zebras, and giraffes. ‘The Australian Adventure’ featuring kangaroos, dingos, and Tasmanian devils. This family-focused day out is a must-see for anyone visiting the city of Fort Wayne.