Riverbend Recreation Area
16618 Township Road 208, Findlay, OH 45840
Riverbend Recreation Area was the Hancock Park District’s first park, which opened in 1976 for America’s Bicentennial celebration. Once a Native American camp along the “big bend” of the Blanchard, the 129-acre park remains a unique habitat for wildlife.
Visitors can birdwatch and take photographs as they enjoy a wide range of year-round outdoor recreation opportunities and experiences. Ample open space is available for yard games. A multi-use loop trail and nature trails weave through clearings and tree canopy, perfect for quiet dreaming and restful solitude for every season.
- Brugeman Lodge
- Lakefront Activity Center
- Picnic shelters
- Raccoon Run Winter Sports Center
- Giertz Lake with two fishing piers
- Primitive campground
- K-9 Field of Dreams Dog Park
- Sand volleyball courts
- 18-hole disc golf course
- Robert G. Payne Arboretum
- Bridle trails
- Access to the Blanchard River Water Trail
Fall Color Hayrides
Up to 25 people at a time can enjoy an autumn adventure on the back of our wagon. Tractor-drawn hayrides are available mid-September to early November, weather permitting, and are scheduled on a first come, first served basis with a $60 advance registration and payment.
K-9 Field of Dreams Dog Park
In September 2000, the Hancock Park District, Hancock Parks Foundation, Blanchard Valley Dog Owners Group and Humane Society of Hancock County joined efforts to open Hancock County’s first K-9 Field of Dreams Dog Park at Riverbend Recreation Area. The K-9 Field of Dreams Dog Park is an off-leash dog run area, approximately one acre in size, to enjoy with your four-legged friend. The area is open sunrise to sunset, every day of the year.
Users need to be aware of and follow current Dog Park Rules posted on the entrance fence. All users must comply with State of Ohio laws, according to the Ohio Revised Code. Dogs deemed a “Nuisance”, “Dangerous” or “Vicious” by any representative of a county dog warden’s office MAY NOT use the Dog Park.
We ask that all Dog Park users be responsible dog walkers when using the facility or when visiting any other park areas. Failure to comply may result in privileges being revoked.
Please contact the HPD office at 419-425-7275 during normal business hours (M-F, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM) with any problems or concerns. During after hours, please page a Service Ranger at 419-412-4924. After dialing the number, enter the number you are calling from, hang up and someone will return your call. You may also contact the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office at 419-422-2424 or Hancock County Humane Society at 419-423-1664.