The Maumee is one of the largest rivers that flow into the Great Lakes. It is also one of the most important avenues of history and culture on this continent. Native Americans, early explorers, missionaries, and French, British, and American military expeditions traveled this waterway. The campaigns of General A. Wayne and General W. H. Harrison were fought in this valley.
The parks along the Maumee help keep this historical area beautiful. It retains its natural charm because of small towns, canal paths, forts, and Indian monuments. The boating and recreational areas give it a unique character. The Maumee is designated a State Recreational and Scenic River.