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Grand Lake State Park
GRAND LAKE STATE PARK
GRAND LAKE STATE PARK
834 Edgewater Drive
St. Marys, Ohio   45885

Phone: 419-394-3611
Reservations: 866-644-6727
Grand Lake State Park

Grand Lake State Park

Grand Lake State Park

Grand Lake State Park
'baby ducks with their mommy'

Grand Lake State Park
'cottonwood floating on the lake'

Grand Lake State Park
'cabins at the campground'


Originally constructed as a feeder reservoir for the
Miami-Erie Canal, Grand Lake St. Marys was for many
years recognized as the largest man-made reservoir in the
world. This large lake is the gateway to swimming, boating,
camping and fishing in one of Ohio's oldest state parks
Nature of the Area
Although hard to imagine, at one time the Grand Lake St.
Marys region was part of a vast forest wilderness that
stretched from the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania to
the prairies of Illinois. Today, in place of this forest are
fields of corn, soybeans and wheat.

In addition to forests, pre-settlement Ohio contained large
prairies and wetlands. The land which now lies beneath St.
Marys reservoir was once a vast wet prairie. Today, the park
contains varying habitats including woodlands, wetlands,
and prairies in addition to the surrounding croplands.

Grand Lake St. Marys lies along one of the country's major
migration routes. Water birds using the lake as a resting
stop include Canada geese, ducks, grebes, swans, egrets,
loons, herons, cormorants and ospreys. Many ducks, geese
and heron also nest here. Bald eagles, magnificent birds
long absent from the area, have again nested on the
southwest corner of the lake at the wildlife refuge. Other
animals of the park include fox squirrel, mink, raccoon,
beaver, coyote, white-tailed deer and many others.
History of the Area
The area in and around Grand lake St. Marys State Park
played an important part in the development of the Northwest territory. The St. Marys River served as a vital link
between the Great Lakes and the Ohio River. Because of this heavy water traffic, the renegades Simon and James Girty
established a trading post, which eventually evolved into the town of St. Marys. General "Mad" Anthony Wayne passed
through the area during the War of 1812, and some of his men returned here to make their homes.

In 1837, work commenced on a reservoir for the Miami-Erie canal to maintain the canal's five-foot water depth. Workers
using hand tools were paid 35 cents a day and a jigger of whiskey to keep malaria away. At its completion in 1845,
13,500-acre Grand Lake was the largest man-made lake in the world. The lake was connected to the canal by a
three-mile feeder.
The canal prospered until the coming of the railroads in the 1870s. The area experienced another boom in the late
1890s when oil was discovered. For a time the lake was dotted with oil derricks. Today a pile of rocks near the center of
the lake marks the spot of the last producing well.

Grand Lake St. Marys and other canal feeder lakes in the state were the first areas to be dedicated as Ohio state parks in
1949.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
GeneralLand, acres591
 Water, acres13500
Day-UseFishingyes
 Huntingyes
 Picnickingyes
 Picnic Shelters, #7
 Swimming Beachyes
 Nature Centeryes
 Nature Programsyes
BoatingBoat Rentalyes
 Boating LimitsUnlimited HP
 Seasonal Dock Rental111
 Launch Ramps, #8
 Fuel For Saleyes
CampingPrimative, #38
 Electric Sites, #166
 Pets Permittedyes
 Flush Toiletsyes
 Dumpstationyes
 Showersyes
 Camp Commissaryyes
 Rent-A-Camp Sites, #2
 Camper Cabins, #5
 Group Camp, capacity100
 Campground Beachyes
 Rent-A-Teepee, #2
WinterCross-Country Skiingyes
 Snowmobilingyes
 Ice Fishingyes
Camping
The campground contains 216 sites of which 135 are equipped with electricity. Facilities include flush toilets, laundry,
showers and a dump station. Pets are permitted. The campground also offers a "camper's only" swimming beach, boat
launch and boat docks/tie-ups. Tow Rent-A-Camps and tow Rent-A-Tepees with camping gear may be rented
May-October. Two spacious Cedar Cabins with all the amenities of a fully-equipped RV are also available for daily or
weekly rental. A seasonal naturalist holds scheduled programs, including movies, Thursday through Saturday night.
Swimming
The park offers four public swimming beaches as well as other swimming areas provided for boaters. Lifeguard coverage
is limited to weekends and holidays.


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Picnicking
Picnic areas with tables and grills are located in scenic areas around the lake. Some picnic shelters are on a reservation
basis. Contact the park office for details.
Area Attractions
Lake Loramie State Park, southeast of Grand Lake St. Marys, offers fishing, boating, swimming and camping. The
Miami-Erie Trail, a 47-mile portion of the statewide Buckeye Trail, begins at Lake Loramie and passes within a mile
and a half of Grand Lake St. Marys State Park. The Miami-Erie Trail terminates at Delphos, approximately 22 miles
north of St. Marys.

St. Marys Fish Hatchery, located on the lake's eastern shore is operated by the ODNR Division of Wildlife. The hatchery
raises saugeye, walleye, channel catfish and bass for distribution in the public fishing waters of the state.

The Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum is located in Wapakoneta, Armstrong's boyhood home.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
May 31 Great Campground
Awesome Campground. Kids love to ride their bikes there. Very freindly vip, and bathrooms are kept very clean. We camp here several times a camping season. Swimming is not so good very dirty lake.


Area Campgrounds

Kozy Kampground
5134 It's It Road
Celina, OH
419-268-2275


Area Fishing Related Businesses
Grand Lake Bait & Tackle
521 Jackson St
St Marys, OH
(419) 394-6306


Outdoorsman The
172 E Bank Rd
St Marys, OH
(419) 394-5769


Wildlife Bait & Tackle
565 E Market St
Celina, OH
(419) 586-3935


Lakeview Drive-Thru
103 E Logan St
Celina, OH
(419) 586-4205


Area Cabins and Lodges
Fairview Resort
1840 E Market St
Celina, OH
(419) 586-2597


Fox's Den Golf Course
1221 Irmscher Blvd
Celina, OH
(419) 586-3102


West Lake Hotel Villas
1101 W Bank Rd
Celina, OH
(419) 584-1444


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Quality Inn Suites - Columbia City, INHotels/Motels
We provide easy access to area attractions and businesses. Only minutes from the Fort Wayne International Airport, Chain O' Lakes State Park and the Wagon Wheel Theatre. Children of all ages will enjoy having fun at nearby Paige's Crossing family entertainment park. Free wireless high-speed Internet.
Web Site: choicehotels.com/hotel/in294
68.7 miles from park*
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