Lima, Ohio is a mid-size city in the northwest portion of the state, about 120 miles from Toledo. Lima is known for auto production, rubber and tire factories and its railroad track location. Outdoor opportunities in Lima include fishing and boating along the Ottawa River and road bicycling the many rural roads and backcountry routes. If you're seeking free camping in the Lima area, there are very limited options.
RV and camper travelers are allowed to park and camp for free in most Walmart parking lots. The retailer maintains a policy of allowing the camping for free, under the lights of the parking lot. Lima's Walmart is within five miles of the Twin Lakes Reservoir where there is fishing, swimming and boating. No hookups are available at the Walmart parking lots.
2400 Harding Highway
Lima, OH 45804
Ohio State Rest Stops - Interstate 75
There are several highway and interstate rest stops throughout the Lima area that allow overnight parking of RVs for camping and resting up. The Ohio Department of Transport and the Ohio State Troopers patrol these rest stops as often as possible to provide for the safety of the patrons. There are no hookups. There are toilets, vending machines or fast-food restaurants and information kiosks at the rest stops. The Ohio State Police recommend anyone parking and camping in their RVs at rest stops lock their doors at night.
1885 North McCullough St.
Lima, OH 45801
Veterans Of Foreign Wars (VFW)
Members or relatives of VFW members are allowed to park overnight at the Lima VFW headquarters. Guests need to sign in at the VFW. There are no hookups available, but guests parking RVs overnight may use the VFW facilities such as toilets, restaurant and bar, game rooms and social activities. The VFW is within 10 miles of Schoonover Lake where there are opportunities for fishing, boating and swimming.
124 West Elm St.
Lima, OH 45804
Article Written By Eric Cedric
A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.