Mary Jane Thurston State Park RV & Campground Guide

Ohio

Mary Jane Thurston State Park

is comprised of 105 acres of land next to the Maumee River. If you are an avid angler, this is a park that provides some of the best stream fishing in the state of Ohio. You will need an Ohio state fishing license to fish in the river, though. Located in northwestern Ohio between the towns of Napoleon and Bowling Green, the state park was dedicated in 1968. There are nine miles of trails to explore in the park, but the weather tends to vary quite a bit based on the season that you visit. Waterfowl and other small game can be hunted in the park as long as you have a valid hunting license. 

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Weather
Spring 47-75 F
Summer 75-88 F
Fall 45-75 F
Winter 30-50 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Mary Jane Thurston State Park

Whether you visit Mary Jane Thurston State Park during the summer or the winter, staying in an RV gives you a comfortable place to lay your head and stay protected from the weather. When you travel via RV, you can visit other attractions close to the state park with ease. 

If you don't have an RV, consider renting one from RVshare. You'll be able to elect different models and class sizes to accommodate your needs. All rentals come with 24/7 roadside assistance and nationwide insurance, so you will be prepared for the unexpected during your trip.

Campfire RV Park

Campfire RV Park features well over 150 sites equipped to handle all RV sizes. Campers enjoy fishing, swimming, and paddle boating on the 3-acre pond. The campground is just outside the historic town of Grand Rapids, Ohio, and within minutes of shopping, boating, and local attractions.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Pet-friendly: No
  • Other amenities: Dump station, showers, and restrooms

Bluegrass Campground

Bluegrass Campground is a gated community that offers campsites for various RV sizes. It’s located in the southwestern corner of Oak Openings, and it’s close to hiking and horse trails. The campground is within proximity to the many excellent attractions in the Toledo, Detroit, and Ann Harbor area.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Dump station, swimming pool, and laundry facility

Twin Acres Campground

Whether you are looking to camp all weekend or stay for the whole season, you’re going to have an excellent time at Twin Acres Campground. This location has room for large rigs with multiple slide-outs. An LP propane gas-filling station and general camp store are available on-site.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Hot showers, dump station, and playground

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What to Do at
Mary Jane Thurston State Park

Inside Mary Jane Thurston State Park

This is a park that has quite a bit that you can do without leaving the premises. It has nine miles of trails that you can explore on foot, bike, or horseback. If you prefer to sit by the river and fish, all you need is an Ohio fishing license. In the Maumee River, you can catch northern pike, white bass, smallmouth bass, catfish, and more. There is even a small pond near the marina where smaller children can fish safely. There are two ramps to launch a boat in the park, so if you want to take a boat out on the water, there are about 20 miles of water inside the park. In the winter, sledding, skiing, ice fishing, and ice skating can also be enjoyed inside the park.

Outside Mary Jane Thurston State Park

When visiting Mary Jane Thurston State Park, you will want to know about places to explore nearby. Outside of the park, there are plenty of restaurants where you can eat and stores that you can visit if you need essentials during your camping trip. There are also historic places to visit and zoos nearby, which are good sightseeing options for a family.

Restaurants

Knucklehead’s Kafe

Knucklehead’s Kafe is a great place to stop for some burgers and mac and cheese. It also offers nachos and a fairly large beer menu that you can enjoy. It’s a great place to relax and to enjoy a meal after a long day of hiking.

Type: Southwestern, American

Location: 24208 Front Street, Grand Rapids, OH 43522

LaRoe’s Restaurant

LaRoe’s Restaurant is a family-owned restaurant that opened in 1977. You can enjoy meals inside, or if the weather is warm, you can take your meal out to the patio, which gives you a fantastic view of the Maumee River.

Type: American

Location: 24138 Front Street, Grand Rapids, OH 43522

Miss Lily’s

Miss Lily’s is a place that makes you feel like you are eating with family. It features lunch specials each day, specialty dinners most days, and holiday buffets that you can enjoy, as well as a menu of breakfast food. 

Type: American

Location: 24174 Front Street, Grand Rapids, OH 43522

QDOBA Mexican Eats

QDOBA Mexican Eats is a great place to grab some Mexican food quickly. The burrito bowls allow you to create your own taste, and they have amazing chips and queso if you want options that are a little lighter.

Type: Mexican

Location: 129 South Main Street, Bowling Green, OH 43402

The Clay Pot Bistro

The Clay Pot Bistro cooks its food low and slow to bring out more flavor in the meals. Opened in 1999, the restaurant serves traditional European dishes like beef goulash, stroganoff, and chicken piccata. Make sure to save room for the French crepes flambe or the apples in vino for dessert.

Type: European

Location: 182 South Main Street, Bowling Green, OH 43402

Shopping

The Village Orchard

The Village Orchard specializes in home and garden décor. Here, you can find accents like garden lights and wind spinners for your RV.

Location: 24175 Front Street, Grand Rapids, OH 43522

Target

Target is another store that gives you options for clothing, so if you need a sweater while you are camping, you can travel here to make sure you stay warm.

Location: 1465 East Mall Drive, Holland, OH 43528

Kroger Marketplace

Kroger Marketplace is a grocery store that will make getting odds and ends while you are camping easy. It also has a pharmacy in case you need any medication while you are traveling.

Location: 8730 Waterville Swanton Road, Waterville, OH 43566

Dollar General

Dollar General is a great place to go if you need snacks for the campground without spending a lot of money. It offers a wide selection of food and drinks, and you can even stock up on pet food if you need it.

Location: 330 East North Street, McClure, OH 43534

Walmart Supercenter

Walmart Supercenter is a convenient, low-cost place that can accommodate your food and clothing needs while you are camping. If you forgot shampoo, toothpaste, or another necessity, you could easily stock up here.

Location: 1815 Scott Street, Napoleon, OH 43545

Sightseeing

Beaver Creek Preserve

Beaver Creek Preserve is a nature area that has a pond and wooded areas. There is a rustic lodge on the property along with a large telescope for stargazing.

Location: 23028 Long Judson Road, Grand Rapids, OH 43522

Snook’s Dream Cars

If you are a car enthusiast, Snook’s Dream Cars is an ideal place to check out classic cars. The museum features cars manufactured mostly between the 1930s and the 1960s.

Location: 13920 County Home Road, Bowling Green, OH 43402

Fort Meigs Historic Site

If you are a history buff, you will want to stop at Fort Meigs Historic Site. At this 1812 battlefield, you can learn a lot about the history of Fort Meigs. Make sure to check out the museum store before you leave.

Location: 29100 West River Road, Perrysburg, OH 43551

Fossil Park

Fossil Park is a place where you can find fossils of over 200 species. Whatever you find as you dig in the 5-acre park can be kept as a souvenir.

Location: 5705 Centennial Road, Sylvania, OH 43560

Toledo Zoo and Aquarium

The Toledo Zoo and Aquarium is a magical place where you can learn about the 10,000+ animals that live there. Animal experiences change over time, so check out the calendar to see what event will take place during your visit.

Location: 2 Hippo Way, Toledo, OH 43609

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How to Get to
Mary Jane Thurston State Park

From Grand Rapids, OH, travel west on State Route 65. Follow signs for the park. From Toledo, OH, follow US-24 west to OH 295 South. Then, take State Route 65 SCN, and follow signs for the park.

Entering Mary Jane Thurston State Park

he state park is open from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday through Friday.

Per vehicle (1-4 adults) : $0

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