Amid the farmlands that surround the park, Maplewood sits on a series of high tree-covered hills that provide visitors with striking vistas of small, clear lakes nestled in deep valleys. The park is located in a transition area between the western prairies and the eastern forests and contains plants and animals found in both landscapes.
The park is known for its hardwood trees including sugar maple, basswood, American elm and oak. These same trees provide a stunning display of fall colors each year. In addition, red cedar and tamarack are found in the park. Wildflower lovers will find flowers and grasses representative of both the prairies and forests. Spring through fall, the park is "dressed" with displays of trillium, hepatica, bloodroot, yellow lady's slipper, wild onion, prairie rose, and showy milkweed.
Amongst its 9,250 acres, Maplewood also boasts eight major lakes and many ponds that offer water lovers places to swim, fish, boat, and simply relax. Lake Lida boarders the park to the west and is one of the most popular destinations for swimmers and anglers alike.
Grass Lake, adjacent to the main campground, is a panfish angler favorite. Beers Lake is well known for Muskellunge and has a fishing pier for those without a boat. If you are after something else you may wish to wet a line in Bass Lake which despite it's name is managed for Rainbow Trout.
The park drive at dawn and dusk is a great time to see deer. Beaver are active in some lakes and raccoons, squirrels, rabbits, chipmunks and turtles can be seen frequently. As a result of the varied landscape in the park, 150 bird species breed here, along with 50 species of mammals. Maplewood's extensive trail system attracts hikers, horseback riders, and cross-country skiers.