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  • At-a-Glance
  • What to Look For
  • Noteworthy Rarities
  • Natural Features
  • Local Resources
  • 77 - Maumee Bay State Park

    Ohio Department of Natural Resources Ohio State Parks
    1400 State Park Road
    Oregon, OH 43618

    419.836.7758

    Public Access

    Open all day, year-round

    Amenities

    Hiking Trails, Restrooms, Visitors Center, Picnic Area, Handicap Accessible Trails, Checklist Available, Camping, Sightings Board, Outdoor Feeders, Wildlife Observation Window

    GPS Coordinates

    N 41° 40'29.48"; W 83° 22'13.86"

    Driving Directions

    From Wheeling Street on the east side of Oregon, proceed east on State Route 2 approximately 6 miles to North to North Curtice Road. Turn north for 2.5 miles to the park entrance. Directions from St. Rt. 2 to the park are clearly marked.

    What to Look For

    The sprawling 1,336-acre park contains a variety of habitats, including swamp forest, open meadows, ponds, beach, and great views of Lake Erie. The Milton B. Trautman Nature Center (named for Ohio's premier ornithologist) hosts an interesting display and news of recent sighting can be gleaned from park naturalists. A two-mile long boardwalk begins at the center and traverses a variety of wetland habitats. This trail can be great during migration and everything from wading birds to raptors to warblers can be listed during a loop of the boardwalk. An artificial sledding hill provides an excellent vista from which to look for migrant raptors, of which many pass over this area both spring and fall. The beach and adjacent grassy lawns have proven to be fairly reliable spots for Buff-breasted Sandpiper, and the nearby lake often attracts lots of gulls and terns. Winter can bring Northern Harriers, Rough-legged Hawks, Short-eared Owls and other raptors, and Long-eared Owls are sometimes found in dense grapevine tangles.

    Noteworthy Rarities

    One of Ohio's few records of Arctic Tern was found at the park in August 2010 and was widely seen. Western Meadowlarks used to spend summers here annually and may still turn up on occasion. This is a great spot to watch for migrant Golden Eagles.

    Natural Features

    Serious botanists may be interested in two very rare (in Ohio) sedges that can be seen from the boardwalk: leafy tussock sedge (Carex aquatilis) and northern bearded sedge (Carex pseudocyperus). The federally threatened prairie fringed orchid (Platanthera leucophaea) occurs in the area. Watch for Blanding's turtle in the wetlands, and eastern fox snake along rocky breakwalls buffering the Lake Erie shoreline.

    Local Resources

    Destination Toledo
    Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce
    Ohio State Parks
    Ohio Ornithological Society

    Nearby Lake Access Sites

    South Shore Veteran's Park. Located just west of Maumee Bay State Park at the junction of Bayshore and Stadium roads in Oregon. A 35-acre park that is primarily geared toward recreational activities, but excellent vistas of Maumee Bay can be had from the park's north side.