ODNR to offer deep discounts at Grand Lake St. Marys during 2011 season

Camping, getaways, shelter house rentals and state dock fees will be discounted at 50 percent during the 2011 season at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

“ODNR will continue its unprecedented move to offer its visitors deep discounts for overnight and facility fees at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park this season,” said Ohio State Parks Chief David Payne. “State park visitors bring critical tourism dollars to local businesses and communities across Ohio; it is vital that we remain innovative in our ways to attract more visitors to Grand Lake St. Marys.”

The discounts, which begin immediately include:

    * 50 percent off camping;
    * 50 percent off shelter house rentals;
    * 50 percent off Getaway rentals (rent-a-camp, cabins, etc.); and
    * 50 percent off seasonal state dock fees.

Camping, shelter house and Getaway rental fee discounts apply from February 1 to September 1, 2011; existing reservations will have the discount applied at check-in. The camping and Getaway rental discounts do not apply on Memorial Day (May 27-29) or July 4th (July 1-4) holiday weekends.

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 ohiodnr.com.