Mary Jane Thurston State Park covers a total area of 591 acres of land in Henry County and Wood County in Ohio. The park is located right along the Maumee River and close to the ruins of the historic Miami and Erie Canal. To get to the park just travel 12 miles west of Bowling Green (a city in Wood County, Ohio), which is in the northwest part of the state. The park's address is 1466 State Route 65, McClure, Ohio 43534.
Mary Jane Thurston State Park is named after Mary Jane Thurston, a school teacher from Grand Rapids Michigan that owned 14 acres of land in the area and later bequeathed the land to the state of Ohio for the development of a park.
The park today is popular for several activities including boating, mountain biking, camping, cross-country skiing, hunting, horseback riding, sledding, hiking, and ice-skating. The Maumee River not only provides a picturesque view but it also popular among anglers that can make attempts to catch fish in the river all year round.
Amenities at the park to facilitate the above activities include several campsites (without electricity), flush toilets, docks, camper cabins, picnic areas and picnic shelters, marina, day-use lodge, boat ramps, playgrounds, hiking trails, bike trails and bridle trails.
Dogs are allowed access to the park at no extra cost. If you bring your pooch to the park you will need to observe standard Ohio Park rules. Some of the rules relevant to dog owners include the following. First, you must keep your dog on a leash no longer than six feet long. You must prevent your dog from getting into park buildings and going into areas that are not designated as pet-friendly areas. Furthermore, if you choose to camp within the park, you should be aware that there is a limit of only two pets/dogs per campsite.