Grand Lake St. Marys State Park Manager Brian Miller released a list of planned improvements for the lake in 2012. 

Looking forward to 2012 at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park

2012 is going to be another aggressive year at Grand Lake St. Marys. Below is a list of the current projects.

  • Discounted fees offered now through August 30 which will include 25% off of camping, get away rentals and shelter house as well as 50% off of private & state dock fees excluding May 25 – 27 & June 30 – July 8.
  • New dredge “Brutus” scheduled to be delivered 2nd week of February. This will be a replacement of the 1968 “St. Marys” dredge
  • Dredge program goal is 275,000 cubic yards
  • East Bank Launch Ramp renovations. The existing launch ramps will be renovated as well as the parking lot will be expanded and resurfaced. This project is being funded by grant funding from the ODNR Divisions of Watercraft & Wildlife at an estimated cost of $266,000 and is scheduled for spring/summer.
  • St. Marys Boat Club & Frey’s launch ramp lighting. These projects being funded by Division of Wildlife using “Boater Angler” funds and are scheduled for spring.
  • Campground restroom replacement. This project is scheduled for spring/summer.
  • Campground seawall & dock expansion. This projects being funded by Division of Wildlife using “Boater Angler” funds and are scheduled for spring.
  • Campground & Windy Point paving. Deteriorated roadways in both areas will be resurfaced spring/summer.
  • Harmon’s rip rap project will be completed this spring.
  • Rough fish removal will continue with an additional 3 new nets ordered and funded by ODNR Division of Wildlife.  
  • Alum application – $1.5 million secured. Additional funds being solicited. Goal is to begin whole lake application April 1st weather dependent.
  • Prairie Creek Treatment Train Phase 1 will be completed throughout the year
  • Littoral Wetland – US Army Corp of Engineers in cooperation with ODNR funded a study of a littoral wetland. The study will be completed this spring.
  • Aeration pilots – The State Park will be working with various companies to pilot different aeration technologies during the summer.
  • Relocate “Airy Gator” from Park Grand bay to mouth of St. Marys Boat Club. This until will be monitored for impact in a “open channel”.
  • Work will commence on the tow path trail north of US RT 33 to prepare for the extension of the crushed lime stone path