Maumee Bay State Park Campground / Campground in Ohio
"My wish is to stay always like this, living quietly in a corner of nature." ~ Claude Monet
Maumee Bay State Park consists of 1,336 acres. The State Park borders Lake Erie. The park has a lodge, cottages, campground, tennis courts, a golf course, beach, hiking trails and a boardwalk. You can rent bikes, fish, birdwatch or just sit back and relax. There is something there for everyone to enjoy. Did we mention there is also a restaurant and pub in the lodge?
Possession of the park land started in 1974 thanks to matching funds from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. In 1975, Maumee Bay became a state park.
The Ohio State Park/Campground
17 Full hookup sites
226 electric sites
24 Cottages (Not in the campground)
Lodge with Dining
Heated shower houses
Dump station with 2 hoses
Seasonal General Store
Scottish Links Golf Course
2 Campground ponds only for registered campers
5 Miles of asphalt trails
57 Acre inland lake
Campground is open year round
Spotty cell service
Reservations may be made up to six months in advance online at ohiostateparks.gov or by calling (866) 644-6727.
Campsites can be reserved on the ODNR website or by calling 866-644-6727. There are both electric and non-electric sites.
Pets are permitted
Each campsite at Maumee Bay State Park Campground has a natural barrier between it and the next campsite. This helps to give a lot of privacy. Depending on where you camp in the campground will determine the amount of shade you will have. Some sites have quite a bit of shade, while others get a lot of sun.
There are 8 different cul-de-sacs, so every car that enters the campground does not have to pass your campsite. This makes it even more peaceful.
There are both paved trails and natural trails located throughout the park. The paved trails wind through the park. There is a long natural trail that circles around the campground and a small natural trail that circles around one of the ponds. There are header trails all throughout the park. No matter where you are, it is easy to hop on the paved trail or the natural trail.
You can get to the beach and the Maumee Bay Lodge and Conference Center using the paved trails. Depending on where you are camping it would be a 2+ mile walk to get to the beach. However, if that is too far of a walk, you can rent a bike or hop in your vehicle and drive there.
There is very little elevation change on any of the trails.
Inland Lake Trail 3.4 Miles
Lake View Trail .8 Miles
Mouse Trail 2.4 Miles
Mouse Trail Loop .1 Mile
Multiuse Trail 2.3 Miles
Additional trail not listed that loops around the left pond – approx. .5 Mile
Many campgrounds do not have food options. But since the Maumee Bay Lodge and Conference Center is in the Ohio State Park, you have a few options.
Water’s Edge Restaurant (Open 8:30am-8:00pm)
Ice Breaker Lounge (Monday-Friday: Opens 5:00 p.m., Saturday & Sunday: Opens 2:00 p.m.)
Bayside Snack Shop (Memorial Day-Labor Day)
Hours are subject to change without notice.
2 Campground ponds for campers only
Access to Lake Erie
Lake by Big Hill
eBird has several different areas for Maumee Bay State Park. The area is a huge Ohio birding hotspot.
During our mid-May visit, we spotted a lot of species. These are just the birds we spotted at the Maumee Bay State Park Campground area. These do not include any the additional birds we spotted throughout the park.
There is a fabulous boardwalk located behind the nature center. It is not in the Campground, but it is easy to get to on the other side of the park. The boardwalk is approximately 2.2 miles long and sits above wetlands. It was well maintained and flat. There is one observation deck that has stairs. The boardwalk is wheelchair accessible. Pets are not permitted. It is a great area for bird watching. There are also a lot of reptiles, amphibians, and other animals.
Our Experience at Maumee Bay State Park Campground
This was one of the best campgrounds we have been to. The lots were spacious and there was plenty of privacy. The blacktop spots were wide and long.
As for the cell service. Many people complain that the service is horrible. However, we have Verizon and had decent service throughout the park.
The Ohio State Park was very clean. It was very rare to see a piece of trash anywhere. They also kept all the grass cut.
The trailer pads are blacktop
The sites are fairly level.
The roads in the campground are a decent width. Two trailers could pass, but it would be tight.
Roads are blacktop.
The campground was well-kept.
Each campsite had a picnic table and fire ring.
There are 4 bathrooms. They are located between the cul-de-sacs. The shower house is located between Park Road 10 and 20.
The Maumee Bay State Park campground is separate from the rest of the park. The campground is on the west side. The beach, conference center, cottages, and boardwalk are located on the east side.
There are shady areas and sunny areas.
There are 2 large ponds located in the campground area that are only for campers.
Maumee Bay State Park / Campground in Oregon Ohio
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What You Can Expect at Maumee Bay State Park Campground
Please note that Ohio Campground trail rules and regulations can change at any time. The following information was in effect for Maumee Bay State Park Campground as of May 2021.
Bicycles are prohibited on some of the trails and on the boardwalk.
Is a birding hotspot per eBird.
We saw one small footbridge.
Concealed carry is permitted.
Dogs are allowed in campground and on trails. They are not permitted on the boardwalk.
Trail surfaces are both natural and paved. The trails are fairly level with little elevation change.
Campground roads and pads are blacktop.
Each lot has a picnic table and fire ring.
There is a large playground located outside the lodge. There is not a playground in the campground.
There were very few benches.
A lot of sun and shade.
There are 6 shelters that can be reserved by calling 866-644-6727.
Paved trails are well maintained. The natural trails are grassy and they can be muddy. The ticks were horrible on the natural trails.
There are a few dumpsters located throughout the campground.
57 acre inland lake, several small ponds, Lake Erie, and the wetlands.
There are ADA parking spots available throughout the park. There are 5 ADA compliant cottages. The paved trail and boardwalk are both wheelchair accessible.