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Water & Outdoor Recreation in Toledo

Scenic parks and waterways, trails with captivating wildlife, and one of America’s Great Lakes provide the ideal habitat for outdoor adventure in Toledo, Ohio. Discover the coastlines, and islands surrounding Northwest Ohio and Toledo -- the “Water Recreation Capital of the Midwest.”  Nestled along Lake Erie, within the Maumee River Valley, Toledo offers a wealth of year-round experiences and activities.

The city’s natural beauty and heritage are on full display at our Metroparks of the Toledo Area – nine scenic landscapes offering a diversity of experiences. See Ohio’s only moving sand dunes. Ride a mule-drawn canal boat through the Miami & Erie Canal. Watch as experts reel 'em in during the memorable spring run of the walleye, the largest fish of its kind in the Great Lakes. Get up close and personal with wildlife during a camping, hiking, or fishing trip. For truly special outing, take the family to the Sundance Kid Drive-In – which shows first-run movies in an under-the-stars setting.

As the “Water Recreation Capital of the Midwest, Toledo has it all – outdoor activities, lakefront recreation, and spectator sports.

Cast your line in one of our winding streams and rivers. You’ll find some of America’s best angling, including ice fishing in January and February. Charter a fishing or sailing vessel and slice through the waves of Lake Erie. Reserve a spot on the Sandpiper Boat, which offers a variety of cruises along the Maumee River as well as lighthouse tours out to Lake Erie.

Overlooking more than 200 acres of scenic Maumee River waterfront, Toledo is a sportsman’s paradise. We invite you to explore the pleasures of our shoreline.

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