ODNR Press Release: A new pool at the campground at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park, located in Auglaize and Mercer counties, is currently under construction and is scheduled to be ready for the 2018 summer season.

In recent years, Grand Lake St. Marys State Park has received a number of improvements that have made camping and visiting the park more enjoyable.

These projects include;

  • A new campground splash pad;
  • 20 campsites that have been upgraded to full-service;
  • A new pavilion and shower house in the campground; and
  • Completion of the Little Chickasaw boat ramp.

The Ohio State Parks capital improvement projects, and others like them around the state, are made possible through the support of Governor John Kasich and the Ohio General Assembly. Ohio State Parks received an unprecedented $126.5 million for capital improvements to strengthen the infrastructure and modernize facilities in the previous capital budget.

More capital projects are scheduled or nearing completion across the state. Ohioans are encouraged to offer suggestions about where they would like to see improvements by filling out the capital project survey on the ODNR website at parks.ohiodnr.gov/improvements.

Ohio has 74 state parks, 56 with campgrounds and nine with lodge and conference centers. The Buckeye State is one of only seven states in the nation where admission and parking at state parks are free. Many Ohio families and out-of-state residents turn to Ohio State Parks for hiking, fishing, swimming, boating, camping, biking, disc golf, horseback riding and much more. Last year, there were a total of 2.5 million overnight visitor stays in Ohio’s state park campgrounds, cabins and lodges.

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