Stuck inside dreaming of warmer weather? Now is the perfect time to shake the winter blues and plan a summer vacation at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Ohio State Parks!

Grand Lake St. Marys State Park will offer extended discounts in 2013. Camping, docks and day use fees will all be cut 50 percent, while getaway rentals will be discounted 25 percent. These special rates will begin on April 1 and last until Oct. 31. 

“Many families begin planning their summer vacations during the winter months,” said ODNR Deputy Director Glen Cobb. “With these discounts, we hope to encourage people to choose Grand Lake St. Marys State Park as their vacation destination and save them a little bit of money at the same time.”

The discounts may not be used during the following dates: May 24-26, June 30-July 6, Aug. 30-Sept. 1, Sept. 20-22 and Oct. 4-6.

Contact the Grand Lake St. Marys State Park Office to schedule a visit or ask questions about the discounts at 419-394-3611.

Ohio State Parks consists of 75 state parks located across Ohio that are utilized by 55 million visitors per year—with free admission. With so many state parks across the state, there are numerous opportunities to hike on trails, ride bikes or horses, swim, golf and enjoy a multitude of other outdoor pursuits. Visit to learn more about the lodges, camping, getaway rentals and other fun activities available through Ohio State Parks.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at