Grand Lake St. Marys (Ohio) offers special camping discounts for 2014

As it has for the past several years, Grand Lake St. Marys State Park will be offering extended discounts in 2014, with camping and docks being offered at a 25 percent discount. These special rates will begin April 1, and last until Oct. 31, excluding holiday and theme weekends.

“This is the ideal time of year to begin planning a vacation,” said ODNR Deputy Director Glen Cobb. “We encourage Ohioans to visit a state park they have never been to before.”

The Grand Lake St. Marys State Park discounts may not be used during the following dates: May 23-25, July 3-July 5, Aug. 29-31, Sept. 18-20 and Oct. 1-4.

Contact the Grand Lake St. Marys State Park Office for questions about the discounts at 419-394-3611.

A Word of Caution
Officials have struggled to get a handle on the toxins that have plagued the lake at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park. People have been advised against swimming and wading, water should not be swallowed, and surface scum should be avoided, according to the Ohio departments of Environmental Protection, Natural Resources, and Health. 

The following advisory is posted on the Grand Lake St Marys website:
  • Public Health Advisory WARNING - High levels of algal toxins have been detected at Camper's Beach, Windy Point Beach, East Beach and West Beach. Swimming and wading are not recommended for the very old, the very young and those with compromised immune systems.
A link on the Grand Lake St. Marys Website provides current information on the matter.

Ohio State Parks consists of 74 state parks located across Ohio that are utilized by 55 million visitors per year — with free admission. There are countless opportunities for families to explore new parts of the state and bond together by swimming, hiking on trails, riding bikes or horses, golfing, playing disc golf as well as many other outdoor recreational activities.

Visit parks.ohiodnr.gov to learn more about the lodges, camping, getaway rentals and other fun activities available through Ohio State Parks.