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Set on the banks of Lake Erie, Maumee Bay State Park is a wonderland of wildflower-strewn meadows, sun-drenched prairies and lush wetland forests. Maumee Bay was crowned a state park in 1975 and is now one of the top outdoor recreation destinations in Ohio, with more than 1300 acres of pristine lakeside wilderness to explore.
It's one of the top destinations in the United States for walleye fishing and is also a great base for visiting nearby hunting areas and wildlife parks. Proximity to world-class attractions like Cedar Point Amusement Park and Toledo Zoo make Maumee Bay a firm family favorite. Planning an outdoor getaway to the Buckeye State? Travel in style with RV rentals in Lucas County.
Known as the "Walleye Capital of the World," Maumee Bay attracts its fair share of anglers. You could also reel in channel catfish, smallmouth bass, freshwater drum and yellow perch. Just be sure to pick up a valid Ohio fishing license before you cast a line. Launch your own boat at the Lake Erie marina or head to the fishing pier at the man-made inland lake. Feel like cooling off? Maumee Bay State Park offers two sandy beaches, one on the shores of Lake Erie and the other on the inland lake. Both feature changing rooms and concession stands. You can also bring your own lunch and enjoy a picnic or BBQ by the water's edge.
A unique addition to Maumee Bay State Park, the seven-lane archery range is free to use and features static bag and 3D targets. All you need to do is bring your own gear. Golfers will jump at the chance to tee off at Maumee Bay's postcard-perfect 18-hole course. Inspired by Scottish links, it features picturesque grass fairways, rolling mounds and sand bunkers. Not to mention stunning lake views.
For a dose of fresh air spend a few hours exploring the well-marked trails that wind through the wetlands. The interpretive boardwalk is a great family-friendly option and is suited to strollers and wheelchairs. You can also stop by the state-of-the-art Trautman Nature Center to learn about the unique ecology of the park and its Native American heritage. Things don't slow down in the winter, when Maumee Bay transforms into a snow-dusted wonderland for cross country skiing and snowshoeing. You can also skate on the lake and speed down one of the top-rated sledding hills in the state.
Maumee Bay is one of the top state park RV campgrounds in the Midwest, with more than 250 electric sites and a picturesque setting on the banks of Lake Erie. Some sites are forested and offer plenty of shade and privacy, while others border grassy meadows. Most sites feature picnic tables, grills and firepits – perfect for lazy breakfasts and star-spangled s'more roasting sessions. Maumee Bay offers all the creature comforts you'd expect when camping with an RV, including hot showers, flush toilets, drinking water and a dump station. Pets are permitted on designated sites, just be sure to let the camp host know in advance.
Renting an RV with kids? Your little ones will love making friends in the playground, shooting hoops on the basketball court and zooming around on the paved bike trails. Stop by the campground office to rent bikes, sporting equipment and outdoor games. From Memorial Day to Labor Day the campground also runs a fantastic program of family-friendly activities. As a camper at Maumee Bay State Park, you'll have exclusive access to a handful of well-stocked ponds. Most sites can host up to six people and RVs of up to 40 feet in length.
While you could easily spend days exploring Maumee Bay State Park, Lucas County also has plenty to offer. Adrenalin junkies will find it hard to resist the call of Cedar Point in Sandusky, one of the oldest amusement parks in the US. It promises more than 360 acres of fun, including stomach-churning rollercoasters, spine-tingling thrill rides and plenty of old fashioned charm.
If you're into hunting head to the 400-acre Mallard Club Marsh Wildlife Area. It's a great place to take down migratory game birds, as well as mallards, teal and Canada geese. Trapping is also permitted, with the chance to snare racoons, mink and muskrats. Maumee Bay State Park camping also puts you within spitting distance of three protected sanctuaries – Cedar Point, West Sister and Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge.
A 25-minute drive west, Toledo is a great place to rent a camper near Maumee Bay State Park. The lakeside city is also loaded with unique attractions like the Toledo Museum of Art, Imagination Station science museum and Toledo Zoo. Baseball fans can score tickets to Fifth-Third Field and cheer on the legendary Toledo Mudhens, affiliates of the Detroit Tigers. Looking for fresh produce? From May to November the Toledo Farmers Market is overflowing with homegrown fruit and veggies from across Lucas County. You're also a two-hour drive from Cleveland, another popular hub for RV rentals near Maumee Bay State Park.