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  • Writer's pictureTedd Long

Side Cut Metropark

1025 W. River Road

Side Cut Metropark is named for the "side cut" extensions of the Miami and Erie Canal that connected the main line of the canal with the city of Maumee. Three of the six original locks from the canal system are preserved at Side Cut, which by the way, was (and always will be) our first Metropark.

Today, Side Cut is a destination for fishermen from around the country for the "spring run" of walleye that swim upriver to spawn along the south end of the park. The "spring run" occurs between mid-March and April.  The combination of the rising spring runoff waters and a river bottom of small rocks and gravel make for excellent walleye spawning grounds and the "spring run" is the largest of its kind on the Great Lakes.

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