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Grand Lake (St. Marys) in Ohio

Trip Overview

Once again as Autumn is quickly approaching, the gorgeous sunsets over Grand Lake St. Marys are just...awesome. 52 miles of shoreline on Ohio's largest inland lake and as many as 17 eating/drinking establishments are dotted along the many tributaries & pull-ups that circle the waterway.

The north winds in the Fall allow near perfect "yakkin'" over 2/3 of the lake. The 9.5 mile x 3.0 mile lake is so ideal for a DAY TRIP.

Look to Spring 2014 for organized family-filled fun as well as plenty of paddlin' through the next 2 1/2 months.

Do you like to kayak fish? Amazing crappie, bluegill, bass, and perch are biting right now !!


State Campground on East end (very nice)

Kozy Kampground, Hecht's Landing, & Rustic Haven Campground on the South shore.

Hotels in Celina & St. Marys


State ramps are NO FEE. Lake Shore Drive beach to launch in Celina. New (2013) Windy Point Beach on the south side of the lake. State Park beach on the east end of lake. NO DAMS !!! Repeat... NO DAMS on or around the lake.


Nestled against the Indiana border with Ohio, Grand Lake St. Marys is 50 minutes SOUTHEAST of FT. WAYNE, an hour NORTH of DAYTON, 1 hour + 45 minutes NORTHWEST of COLUMBUS, and 2 hours EAST-NORTHEAST of INDIANAPOLIS.

If you are on I-75, exit 110 and head west on 33/29 toward Celina (20 miles)


Auglaize-Mercer Convention & Visitors Bureau at

Also contact for further information


Downlaod lake map at www.ohio.dnr/grand

If visiting contact OVISCO SPORTS and ask for Kevin for recommendations

  • Duration: Day Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water
  • Group Rates: No

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