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Maumee State Forest
Copyright: - Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Maumee State Forest
Description - The Maumee State Forest Progeny Test Site is an area set aside for the purpose of evaluating genetic selections for superior characteristics. The superior trees will then be grafted into orchards where their seed will be collected and grown in the state tree nurseries. These improved seedlings will then be sold to Ohioans for reforestation purposes.

The Maumee State Forest Windbreak Arboretum was established in 1990. This area is set aside for the purpose of evaluating tree and shrub species for their suitability for use in windbreaks. A variety of management and cultural techniques relative to windbreaks is also demonstrated at this site.

Attractions - Recreation at Maumee State Forest is limited to trail use where APVers are permitted along with hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders. Designated areas are to be used. Weather permitting, snowmobiles are allowed.

Hunting is permitted in accordance with the Division of Wildlife. Camping and picnicking are not offered at the forest, yet picnicking is offered at the Oak Openings Metropark, which lies northeast of Maumee State Forest.

Berry picking and mushroom gathering are permitted during forest hours, 6 AM to 11 PM.

Recreation - Horseback riding, all-terrain vehicular use, hiking, mountain biking, snowmobiling, berry picking, and mushroom gathering are enjoyed.

Climate - This state has four distinct seasons and a brilliant fall foliage display in it southern woods during mid October. Winter lasts from December through February with average temperatures near 25 degrees F. Low temperatures dip to single digits, but do not often drop below zero. Northern regions of the state receive average snowfall amounts of 55 inches, while the central and southern regions of the state receive lesser amounts with averages near 30 inches. This difference is caused by lake-affect moisture patterns.

Spring temperatures begin to warm the landscapes of Ohio by mid March and are in full swing by April. Temperatures range from 40 through 70 degrees F through the spring months. This season often brings the most rainfall, before the drying heat of summer. Summer can be extremely hot and humid in the interior of Ohio. Temperatures reach above 90 degrees F frequently through July and August. Cooler fall temperatures don't reach the region until mid to late September. This is a pleasant time to visit as the air is crisp with low humidity levels. Ohio's annual precipitation usually reaches slightly above 50 inches.

Location - Maumee State Forest is just to the south of Swanton on County Road D.

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Maumee State Forest, 3390 County Road D , Swanton, OH, 43558-9731, Phone: 419-822-3052

Additional Information:
Northwest Ohio - Once the land of the Great Black Swamp, Northwest Travel Region has an interesting mix of man-made lakes and canals resting at the base of the fourth largest Great Lake, Lake Erie.
Ohio State Parks and Forests - Great outdoor adventure begins in Ohio at one of the 20 state forests or one of the 73 award-winning state park sites.

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