- Mary Jane Thurston State Park offers a small campground with 31 non-electric sites. Fifteen of these sites are designated for walk-in tent camping. Picnic tables and fire rings are provided. Latrines and restrooms are located nearby. Pet camping is permitted all sites. Additional walk-in sites are available in the North Turkeyfoot Area. Permits can be obtained at the park office.
Picnic tables, grills, restrooms and water are located along the river shore. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) constructed an enclosed day use lodge in 1936. This heated building can be reserved year round for reunions and meetings at a nominal fee. Contact the park office for details.
A one-mile portion of the Buckeye Trail passes through the park following the side cut canal. The trail continues on to the Village of Grand Rapids. A mile loop trail winds through the floodplain forest while an easy half mile trail circles the day use area. Six miles of trails in the North Turkeyfoot Area may be used for backpacking, horseback riding or mountain biking.
The Maumee River's northern pike, walleye, white bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, bullhead, sheepshead, and crappie offer good sport. Children can enjoy fishing in the pond near the marina. There are twenty miles of open water for boating on the Maumee River. Two launch ramps along with the marina are situated in the park. Contact the park office for a more detailed explanation of the open and closed areas and information pertaining to dock rental.
At North Turkeyfoot, there is a designated hunting area. The Maumee River provides excellent waterfowl hunting. A valid Ohio fishing and / or hunting license is required.
Situated along the historic Maumee River, people come to the park to fish, hunt, hike, bike, horseback ride, picnic, boat, camp, sled, cross-country ski, and ice skate.
Located on the banks of the Maumee River east of Bowling Green, Mary Jane Thurston State Park is accessible off State Route 65.
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