The purpose of the Lake Improvement Association is to make improvements to the GLSM and its facilities and promote a clean and healthy lake for the general public’s use.

2021 Goals

1. Continue supporting water quality initiatives

The LIA will continue to work with all agencies, groups and individuals on water quality issues. We will, if needed, help organize, publicize and promote proven programs to improve water quality in the entire Grand Lake St. Marys watershed.

2. Ongoing political activism to influence lake improvement policies

With a membership base in the thousands, we will continue to be politically active on any issues that impact Grand Lake St. Marys, now and in the future.

3. Spread the good news about Grand Lake St. Marys

We will spread the good news about Grand Lake’s progress at every possible opportunity and on every channel at our disposal. We will proactively educate external media about the extensive efforts being undertaken to improve lake water quality.

4. Improve and expand lake amenities

We will facilitate amenity projects around Grand Lake St. Marys, including those related to boating, kayaking, picnicking, hiking and biking. Focus areas include maintaining and restoring historical landmarks and making all activities more convenient, safe and enjoyable.

5. Promote the channel aeration program

We will work to enroll more businesses, homeowner associations and individuals in the channel aeration program by promoting the benefits of localized aeration.

6. Improve lake navigation

We will continue to improve navigation around the lake by promoting our Grand Lake app and through enhanced visual signage at channel entrances.

7. Provide HAB numbers

We will work closely with Wright State University – Lake Campus to publish lake microcystin levels. We will use this data to evaluate seasonal levels and identify weather pattern correlations; then, we will apply this knowledge toward harmful algae bloom prediction and prevention.

8. Promote safe lake activities

We will explore and promote activities that bring people to the lake, encourage recreation and raise funds for lake improvement efforts, all in compliance with COVID-19 safety protocols. Focus areas include boating, camping, splash pads and local lake restaurants. We will promote Grand Lake St. Marys as a fun and safe destination for families during the pandemic.

In addition, we will explore alternative COVID-19 safe activities to foster membership engagement. As soon as it is safe, we will also reinstate popular events such as the Winter Dance and the Bar Stool Open.

The purpose of the Lake Improvement Association is to make improvements to the GLSM and its facilities and promote a clean and healthy lake for the general public’s use. 
2016 Action Plan

GoalWork with the GLSM Park Service to make needed improvements to GLSM


– Pursue funding and installation of aeration at 2nd Beach

– Promote aeration in private channels with funding option.

– Work with local park administration to develop projects for park facilities.

– Update signs at inlets around the lake

Goal:  Promote a clean and healthy lake and promote the use of the lake to the general public and various groups.


– Support LRC through financial assistance, web site presences, board member support, membership meetings and activities that help to restore the lake.

– Continued Education and Information through the web site.

– Collaborate with the GLSM Park Service, CVB, Chambers and other organizations to promote the use of the lake.

– Support local groups who sponsor activities on the lake (Lake Festival, etc.).

– Continue fund raisers that help promote the lake.

– Team with ODNR to sponsor Kids Fishing Derby.

Goal:  Grow membership to ensure the completion of our stated mission.     

Objectives:  – Recruit new members using the LIA savings card, one to one contact and send letters to renew existing members or recruit new members.

– Maintain membership information at various businesses.