About the Region

Metroparks and Lucas County are located primarily within the Maumee River Watershed, the largest in the Great Lakes Basin. 

The Great Lakes are the largest system of fresh surface water on earth, containing approximately 21% of the world’s fresh surface water. Bordering Lake Erie, Toledo is a component of the Great Lakes basin. The Maumee and Ottawa River Watersheds, as part of this area, are all important pieces of our natural heritage.

Ecosystems in this region that exist as part of the Metroparks include: the Lake Erie Coastal Zone, the Oak Openings Region, the Great Black Swamp, and the Maumee River. The Metroparks are committed to preserving and restoring these habitats and sharing them with the community.


Just a small fraction of the original wetlands that once rimmed the south shore of Lake Erie remain today. The opportunity to restore 1,000 acres of coastal wetland is rare, and critically important to the health of our Great Lake. Denis Franklin, a natural resources supervisor, talks about Howard Marsh, the largest restoration of its kind in years on all the Great Lakes, and the largest project Metroparks has taken to date.


This video made possible by the Carson Family Fund at the Greater Toledo Community Foundation. Sponsored by the Metroparks Toledo Foundation.