Australia’s national parks are actually managed by the states with grant money from the commonwealth. In Victoria a State Park has exactly the same level of protection as a National Park and is governed by the National Parks Act.
In the USA National Parks are Federal affairs while State Parks are run quite independently by the States. American State parks are quite different from Victorian State Parks. You are likely to find a golf course and tennis courts, you can take your dog, there is likely to be a full service camp ground and there may even be a nice hotel.
Maumee Bay boasts all of the above, although the dog can’t stay in the hotel (but there are dog-friendly cabins – prior notification required).
Natural values aren’t totally neglected. There is a boardwalk through marsh and woodland. It extends for a couple of miles and is an excellent way to work up an appetite for breakfast.
Here’s the front end of an Eastern Fox Squirrel …
… although it’s the rear end that earned it its name.
A night walk is sure to turn up a Racoon or three and there are Muskrat present as well.
When the sun is a bit higher turtles might sit out to enjoy the warmth.
There is plenty of bird activity. Red-winged Blackbirds are abundant, woodpeckers are plentiful, there is the odd sparrow. This Heron was intent on finding its breakfast and took no notice of me at all …
2 thoughts on “Maumee Bay …”
Do you think there is room for similar “developments” in Victoria’s Parks system ?
Similar development already exists in Wilson’s Promontory National Park. A multi-use philosophy is applied to our state forests. Our alpine parks sit side by side with ski resorts. Our environment is a lot drier and therefore less robust than the that in the American State Parks I visited. Fire risks have also to be considered. I would hate to see any of our high protection parks less protected but it would be nice to see people able to make more use of the multi-use areas. And it’s a shame that Oz is so anti dog.