Ottawa Lake is one of two unincorporated communities in the civil township of Whiteford, Monroe County. This close-knit agricultural community sits in the midst of surrounding fields, is bursting with vibrant green space, and is truly a nature lover's dream.
While boasting that small-town charm, life in Ottawa Lake certainly gives its residents and visitors the best of both worlds. Not only can you and your furry friend revel in its calming countryside, but you can also take the short drive across state lines to Toledo, OH and you’ve got all the amenities of a bustling city at your disposal. There are a few veterinary clinics nearby to help you ensure that your barking bestie is ruff and ready to explore the many pawssibilities for excitement that await you here.
There are so many oppawtunities for fun in the local parks. Stretching out over almost 400 acres and offering many facilities such as bike trails and golf courses, Ottawa and Jermain Parks are unmissable. Pop a leash on your pooch and explore the five miles of paved walking trails here in Toledo’s biggest park. Ye Olde Durty Bird is a dog-friendly restaurant just a ten-minute drive from the parks, and their outdoor tables are the perfect place to feast with your four-legged friend by your side.
Tired of that tugging lead? Then head to Glass City Dog Park in Woodsdale Park, Toledo for some off-leash adventures. This world-class dog park has everything to ensure that pups and people have a wonderful time here. There are three separate play areas with one specifically designated for the tiniest tail-waggers to take things at their own pace. This park offers cool-down pools in the warmer months, a walking path, and an agility course. All puppies must provide proof of vaccination, and a small annual fee is required. There are also two sheltered spots on-site as well as water fountains to keep your hound hydrated.
Take the short drive to Maumee and relish in the splendor of Side Cut Park. Even though you have to keep your darling dog on a leash, that certainly doesn’t mean this isn’t the pawfect place for afternoon adventures! Enjoy wondrous walkies through this nature-filled park that has stunning views of the magnificent Maumee River as well as picturesque little waterfalls. Who knows? You might even be lucky enough to spot some deer! When you’re done trekking through the trees, pop into Biggby Coffee to grab a brew for you and a pup cup for your puppy pal.
Head east across the river from Toledo city center and you’ll find a terrific trek on the Dr. Richard D. Ruppert Rotary Trail. Part of the Rails-to-Trails movement sweeping across the country, this former rail line has become a pupperific place to walk your dog. While on this 2.36-mile loop, you’ve got breathtaking views of the marvelous Maumee River and the high-level Anthony Wayne Bridge, as well as ample opportunities to enjoy a puppy’s picnic on the shaded benches. If you and your pup are feeling pooped and are in need of refreshments but don’t fancy a packed lunch, then head to the dog-friendly outdoor dining area at Cousino’s Steakhouse.
Swan Creek Preserve Metropark in West Toledo is a mutts-visit for puppers and people alike! Swan Creek is part of the Toledo Metroparks and invites you to leave the urban world behind for a while and lose yourself in its outstanding oasis. You can take a steady stroll across the swinging bridge, admire the wonders of the world around you at the scenic overlays, and take your pick from five different trails. Whether you decide to traipse among tall trees on the Big Woods Trail or meander through the meadows on the Meadow Trail, you’ll agree that this 441-acre park is the stuff that doggy dreams are made of!
Make no bones about it, the Middle Grounds Metropark is the place to be! The park itself is approximately 28 acres in size, and you and your huggable hound are welcome to take a leisurely leashed stroll along its river-view walkway. This reclaimed urban green space is bursting with native plants for you two to "paws" and admire, and it’s a hub for native wildlife. The best thing about this park? Your companionable canine can ditch the leash and make some new furry friends in the off-leash dog park. There is no fee to use this park, but all pooches must be licensed and vaccinated if they want to visit. There are separate fenced areas for the teeny terriers and the massive mastiffs.