Historic Canal Experience

Step back in time at the Canal Experience and get a taste of life on the Miami and Erie Canal in 1876. Providence Metropark is located in what was once the canal town of Providence, Ohio. Today, the Metropark has one of the greatest concentrations of canal era features in the country, including:

  • The Volunteer, a reproduction of a mule-drawn canal boat
  • The Isaac Ludwig Mill, a working water-powered saw and gristmill
  • More than a mile of the original Miami and Erie Canal and towpath
  • Lock #44, one of the last functioning 19th century limestone locks
  • Scenic Providence Dam, constructed across the Maumee River to maintain water levels in the canal
  • Characters in period attire welcoming visitors to a time gone by.
  • Visit the Heritage Center to view The Volunteer and Lock 44 in action.

Visit Providence Metropark Friday through Sunday, Noon to 6 p.m., Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend (closed Memorial Day and Labor Day) to experience the Isaac Ludwig Mill and board the docked canal boat, The Volunteer to see what life on the Miami and Erie Canal would have been like. Group reservations for tours of the Isaac Ludwig Mill welcome.

Guest must wear masks and maintain social distancing