Beautiful in all seasons
© Becky Linhardt 2016
Maumee Bay State Park Resort has gorgeous views and plenty of amenities to attract visitors in all seasons. Located on the shores of Lake Erie, it is surrounded by natural beauty: autumn colors, winter whites, spring green means birding migrations, and in summer lots of fun on the beaches and in the water.
The resort is set back from the lake with long lawns rolling out to a concrete hike/bike path that is a favorite place to walk or to watch the sunset after dinner at the Water’s Edge Restaurant.
Most of the rooms have a view to Lake Erie. The north and east wings form a sunny, protected location for the outdoor pool and access to the indoor pool, water play area and hot tub.
The west wing has conference rooms on the second floor and the restaurant on the first floor with a view to the fountain pond and the lake beyond.
Inside the east wing are an arcade, children’s play area, and the indoor pools. During the summer season, young staff members organize evening activities for families and often a movie night in one section of the expansive lobby.
There are two beaches, both about equidistant from the resort and the state park campground. One is on the lake side facing north so the sun is at your back as you are looking across the wide expanse of Maumee Bay and Lake Erie. The Canadian shoreline is beyond the horizon.
Across the hike/bike path is a small inner lake with a wide beach facing south to catch the sun. The shallow waters and wide, sand beach warm quickly, a fun play area for young children – safer also, with watchful lifeguards on duty during the summer season.
During quiet times you may encounter wildlife on the extensive bike/hike trails linking the campground area, the resort/lodge, the beaches, the Scottish-style golf course, and the multi-bedroom modern cottages near the golf course. Resort guests can borrow bikes from an area near the Lodge’s lobby (also available to the resort’s cottage guests).
The state park’s Nature Center with its displays explaining the area’s ecological importance is just across the parking lot from the Lodge making it easy to visit the displays and attend the many programs scheduled during the summer season.
Monarch Butterflies migrate through this south shore area of Lake Erie so a special gazebo on the deck of the Nature Center has become a birthing center during the summer season so that visitors can see the various stages of the butterfly’s life.
A short (maybe .5 mile) boardwalk trail begins at the Nature Center and winds through wetland meadows and woodlands. There is always something to see, to discover along the trail that eventually leads into a wooded area and to the east side of the Lodge near the outdoor swimming pool.
Since Maumee State Park Resort is only about 15 minutes east of Toledo, it is close enough to grab a bite to eat at iconic Tony Packo’s, visit the renowned Toledo Museum of Art, or take in a Mud Hens game during the minor league baseball season – but why leave?
Maumee Bay State Park Resort: 1750 Park Road 2 #2, Oregon, OH 43616
419-836-9009 or http://www.maumeebaystateparklodge.com/
Soft Sunrise viewed from Hike/Bike Path near East Wing