Side Cut Still Recovering From Flood and Ice

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February 21 Update: Parts of Side Cut Metropark in Maumee will reopen this weekend after two weeks, while other areas will remain closed as cleanup continues. The park was closed the first week in February because of flooding then due to a large amount of ice that the river left behind. The flood was caused by ice jams on the Maumee River.

Open starting Saturday: Silver Lake and River View entrances off River Road; Wayne Street entrance.

Closed: Siegert Lake, Rotary shelter entrance and the River View playground. Trails along the river will remain closed in places while cleanup continues.

About the Floodplain

Seasonal flooding and occasional large-scale floods and river ice are nothing new to Side Cut. Floodplains hold tremendous amounts of water -- an important reason that Metroparks protects them.

Photo Gallery

Below is a gallery of photos featuring images of the flood and ice. Click or slide to see each image.

Photos: Art Weber, Scott Carpenter and Josh Brenneman. 


How to Volunteer

Volunteer cleanup days will be scheduled after the park reopens.

  • To receive notices about volunteer cleanup days, please call or email Annie Devine, Volunteer Coordinator. Phone: 419-407-9841.
  • Another option is to fill out a volunteer application online. On the form, indicate your interest in Side Cut flood cleanup. All volunteers will need to fill out the application.

Thank you to everyone for the outpouring of support and concern for Side Cut. As a floodplain park, periodic flooding is common and expected. This event was larger than normal, and will require more than routine cleanup to get the park back to the condition visitors expect.