“2020 Catch a Moment” Winners

The top four winners of the 2020 Catch a Moment and Photograph It Contest are: 1st :  Majestic Beauty by Michelle Gonzalez 2nd:  True Colors by Margaret Proulx 3rd :  Peace on Earth at Oxbow Lake by Margaret Proulx 4th […]

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Defiance Reservoir & Walking Trails

The Reservoir Nature Trail is an 8’ wide, multi-use trail extending from the Defiance Reservoir parking lot through aprox. 2500′ of natural wooded area. It connects to the ‘lower’ pathway around the municipal reservoir. This walkway offers opportunities for recreational […]

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Thoreau Wildlife Reserve

Thoreau Wildlife Reserve is now open to the public for the enjoyment of Nature with it’s 4 nature trails that highlight meadows, woodlands, wetlands and old growth forest. The Reserve is located at 10485 Haller Road in Brunersberg – next […]

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Oxbow Lake (c) Mary Fry Comden

Oxbow Lake and Wildlife Area

Oxbow Lake lies 10 miles northwest of the city of Defiance, and can be accessed from State Route 15 at Schick Road. Fish of Interest for Anglers include Largemouth bass, Bluegill, Green sunfish and Bullhead.  The operation of watercraft with any […]

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Independence Dam State Park

Independence Dam State Park covers 591-acres situated along the banks of the beautiful Maumee River. This park is located approximately 3 miles east of Defiance on St. Rt. 424 and offers recreational opportunities including boating access, hiking trails, camping, fishing, […]

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Maumee Water Trail

The Maumee River travels through woodland, farmland and the heart of Defiance on it’s way to Maumee Bay in Lake Erie.  Boat, canoe or kayak from Ft, Wayne to Toledo. This informative map details access points with markers at every […]

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Buckeye Trail

The Buckeye Trail is a 1,444 mile hiking and long-distance trail that loops around the state of Ohio. The Buckeye Trail Association maintains and develops the trail. In 2017 the Buckeye Trail Association named the City of Defiance an official […]

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North Country Trail

The longest in the National Trails System, the North Country National Scenic Trail stretches 4,600 miles across eight states.  From North Dakota, the trail continues eastward and joins the Buckeye Trail through parts of Ohio (including Defiance) and continues to […]

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Downtown Farmers’ Market —Summer 2020

The 2020 Downtown Defiance Farmers’ Market season has begun! Opening day is Thursday, June 4th, from 4:30-7:30 pm at its new location on Third Street! Social distancing guidelines will be in place to ensure the safety of everyone attending the […]

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Virtual Lilac Festival!

Due to the cancellation of our in-person Lilac Festival, we are excited to promote all of our Lilac Festival vendors with a “Virtual” Lilac Festival. Vendors will be posting all of their business information on this page to include how […]

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Entry Deadline Extended to May 31

2020 Catch a Moment and Photograph It Contest Entry Deadline has been extended to May 31st, 2020!! We are accepting entries for the 2020 Catch a Moment and Photograph It Contest. Do you have a photo of the Defiance area […]

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COVID-19 Resource Links

As COVID-19 precautions continue to impact Defiance County, please refer to the below links for information. Practice social distancing, wash your hands and be kind.  #DefiStrong Governor DeWine – https://governor.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/governor/ Center of Disease Control – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html Ohio Department of Health […]

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City of Defiance NIXLE Alert Messages

Are you looking for a way to know more about what is going on in Defiance. NIXLE ALERTS!!! There are 3 ways you can receive information directly to your cell phone! For DOWNTOWN LOGISTICS: Send a text message to 888777 […]

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Chocolate Walk — POSTPONED

In light of Governor DeWine’s Executive Order on mass gatherings and the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding social distancing, The DDVB is following the recommendations and postponing this event.  We have not set a new date […]

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Check for latest updates!

In light of Governor DeWine’s Executive Order on mass gatherings and the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding social distancing, many area organizations have followed the recommendations in cancelling or postponing events. The DDVB is working hard […]

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Visit Santa in Downtown Defiance

Santa is here! We are excited to once again welcome Santa into Downtown Defiance! He is ready for visitors at Santa’s House, Corner of First St. and Clinton St. Santa’s Downtown House Hours Friday Nights: December 13 & 20 @ […]

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