Maumee River

Maumee River

The Maumee River is one of the only rivers in the continental United States to flow north. This frequently under-appreciated river flows primarily through private lands in rural Ohio as it makes its way toward Lake Erie. The banks, which are most visible from the water, are full of life. Deer, turtles, fish and several species of birds, including bald eagles, call the Maumee River their home.

Map of the River


Prior to the Industrial Revolution and motor vehicles, waterways were highly utilized for the movement of wares to be traded. The Maumee River enabled the transport of goods from the St. Joseph and St. Marys Rivers and Fort Anthony Wayne all the way to the Port of Toledo. Downstream from Upper Maumee Canoe and Kayak, a trading post that was erected by General Heratio Curtis (1802-1874) stands today. The city of Toledo, OH was founded in 1833 on the west bank of the river and is still a major trading port (albeit the goods are moved by trucks now).


To learn more about the Maumee River and surrounding watersheds or to get involved, contact these organizations.