ODNR to refund 2010 season dock fees at Grand Lake St. Marys

Agency to offer deep discounts for camping and shelter rentals through end of year

COLUMBUS, OH—In an effort to off-set lost revenues of local businesses and individuals, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is returning all 2010 dock rental fees and offering deep discounts on camping and shelter house rentals at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park.

“Discounting ODNR services may be unprecedented, but the problem at Grand Lake St Marys is also unprecedented. It calls on all of us to make the changes we can to help solve the problem and minimize any damage being done," said ODNR Director Sean Logan. "Every dollar spent at the state park by each visitor brings benefits that reach far beyond our own marinas and other facilities. We are, and will remain, a part of this community. We are taking the steps we can to attract visitors, and these camping and shelter house discounts are one way to help."

There are a total of 2,238 private docks and 119 state docks at Grand Lake St. Marys. Within the next 30 days, ODNR will refund all rental fees paid to Ohio State Parks by state and private dock holders during the 2010 season.  Refunds will be made by check or credit card, depending on how dock holders paid their fees. Dock holders do not need to take any action to receive the refunds, as ODNR will automatically issue them. Refunds will not impact future rental seasons.

Beginning August 12, campsite fees and shelter house rentals at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park will be discounted by 50 percent. These deep discounts will be offered until December 31, 2010. For existing reservations, discounts will be applied at the time of arrival.

Reservations may be made by calling toll-free (866) OHIOPARKS (644-6727) or on-line at www.ohiostateparks.org. When making a reservation, please select the “Grand Lake Special” from the drop-down menu for discounts. No other discounts will apply to this special discount, which is being offered exclusively at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park.

Grand Lake St. Marys State Park offers a variety of overnight and day-use activities including: 176 electric campsites and 28 non-electric sites; full service camp store; bike rentals; miniature golf; basketball and volleyball courts; playground equipment; dog park; and free WiFi.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR Web site at www.ohiodnr.com.