State officials make upgrades to Grand Lake St. Marys State Park


ST. MARYS TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) – In a new effort, state leaders are coming together to improve one of Ohio’s largest lakes. At Grand Lake St. Marys, officials are hoping to drive back tourism to this once popular vacation spot by upgrading their campgrounds.

At a dedication ceremony Tuesday, Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director Jim Zehringer showcased the new upgrades. The changes include 20 new camp spaces for RVs and trailers with full electrical hook-up. Also, they added a new pavilion, showering house, and a splash pad area for kids.

The improvements were initially planned back in 2014 and cost about $2.4 million dollars. The money to fund them came from funds set aside for Ohio State Parks in Governor Kasich’s 2014 capital budget.

“We prioritized our parks,” Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director Jim Zehringer said. “We ask our users what would you like to see improve and they picks these particularly upgrades at Grand Lake St. Marys, but every state park has different needs.”

Going forward, Zehringer says a boat ramp will be added in the coming months to provide campers with better access to the lake.

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