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Grand-Lake is a reservoir and state park located in west-central Ohio. The official geographical name of the lake is Grand Lake, but it's listed as Grand Lake St. Marys State Park on maps and other state documents. The lake was originally constructed as a feeder reservoir for the Miami-Erie Canal. At 13,500-acres, it was recognized as the largest man-made reservoir in the world for many years. It is also one of Ohio's first state parks, opening in 1949. Today, Grand Lake is the largest inland lake in Ohio, but is very shallow with an average depth of only five to seven feet. The park is open year round and offers swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, picnicking and camping. The park is located along a major migratory route for birds and supports geese, loons, ducks, egrets, herons, cormorants and ospreys. Bald Eagles also nest in the Grand Lake St. Marys Wildlife Refuge, which is located on the southwestern corner of the lake. A miniature golf course and bike rentals are available in the park, and boats of unlimited horsepower are allowed on the lake. Seasonal dock rentals are available and several launch ramps are along the shoreline. The state wildlife refuge area, in the southwest corner, is off limits to all boats at all times. Four public swimming beaches are located at Grand Lake and no lifeguard is on duty, so you swim at your own risk. In the wintertime, the park offers snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. Nearby attractions include the Miami-Erie Trail, which is part of a 47-mile statewide hiking trail, St. Marys Fish Hatchery and the Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum, located in the town of Wapakoneta.

Surrounding areas: Celina, Ohio (4.1 mi), Lake St Marys, Ohio (5.2 mi), Lima, Ohio (25.2 mi), Indian Lake, Ohio (31.6 mi)

Grand Lake Vacation Rentals

Grand Lake Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Comfort Inn1421 Rt 703 ECelina, OH4.1 mi.(419) 586-4656
Holiday Inn Express Celina2020 Holiday DrCelina, OH4.1 mi.(419) 586-4919
Amerihost Inn St Marys1410 Commerce DrSaint Marys, OH4.9 mi.(419) 394-2710
S & W Motel1321 Celina RdSaint Marys, OH4.9 mi.(419) 394-2341
Holiday Inn Express1008 Lunar DrWapakoneta, OH17.1 mi.(419) 738-2050
Super 8 Motel1011 Lunar DrWapakoneta, OH17.1 mi.(419) 738-8810
Travelodge413 Apollo DrWapakoneta, OH17.1 mi.(419) 739-9600
Comfort Inn1959 W MichiganSidney, OH22.9 mi.(937) 492-3001
Sidney Holiday Inn400 Folkerth AveSidney, OH23.4 mi.(937) 492-1131
Arrow Motel718 E 5TH StDelphos, OH23.5 mi.(419) 692-0786
Knights Inn2285 N Eastown RdLima, OH23.9 mi.(419) 331-9215
Fairfield Inn Lima2179 Elida RdLima, OH24.4 mi.(419) 224-8496
Holiday Inn Express840 N Washington StVanwert, OH24.6 mi.(419) 232-6040
Hampton Inn1600 Hampton CtSidney, OH24.7 mi.(937) 498-8888
Sidney Holiday InnI-75 & SR 47Sidney, OH24.7 mi.(937) 492-1131
Days Inn8200 N Washington StVan Wert, OH24.8 mi.(419) 238-5222
Wingate Inn Lima175 W MarketLima, OH25.0 mi.(419) 228-7000
Wingate In150 W Market StLima, OH25.1 mi.(419) 228-7000
Days Inn Motel1250 Nuebrecht RdLima, OH25.2 mi.(419) 227-6515
Travelodge1430 Bellefontaine AveLima, OH25.6 mi.(419) 227-2221
Super 8 Motel1147 N US Hwy 27Portland, IN26.2 mi.(260) 726-8888
Hampton Inn1933 Roschman AveLima, OH26.2 mi.(419) 225-8300
Holiday Inn Lima1920 Roschman AveLima, OH26.2 mi.(419) 222-0004
Comfort Inn1210 Neubrecht RdLima, OH26.8 mi.(419) 228-4251
Econo Lodge Of Lima1201 Neubrecht RdLima, OH26.8 mi.(419) 222-0596
Knights Inn9060 Country Club RdPiqua, OH28.9 mi.(937) 773-6275
Comfort Inn1190 Russ RdGreenville, OH29.0 mi.(937) 316-5252
Ramada Inn3600 East Bluelick RdLima, OH29.9 mi.(419) 221-0114
Howard Johnson902 Scott DrPiqua, OH29.9 mi.(937) 773-2314
Laquinta Inn950 E Ash StPiqua, OH29.9 mi.(937) 615-0140

Grand Lake Weather & Climate

Northwest Ohio's climate is humid continental according to the Koppen Climate Classification. The region experiences four distinct seasons with warm, humid summers and cold to frigid winters. Snowfall varies greatly year to year. Some years will see very little in the way of snow accumulation, while other years, blizzards are not uncommon. Thunderstorms and tornadoes are another possibility, especially in spring and summer. Spring weather in Northwest Ohio is very unpredictable and often cool and rainy. Autumn is the sunniest time of year with mild temperatures, which results in beautiful fall foliage. A jacket is recommended for fall evenings that can dip into the upper 30s to low 40s. It's best to always check ahead when traveling to Ohio to make sure you have the proper attire as the weather is changeable.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 32°F 17°F 2.17 in. -
February 37°F 21°F 2.08 in. -
March 49°F 30°F 2.78 in. -
April 61°F 39°F 3.50 in. -
May 72°F 50°F 3.64 in. -
June 81°F 59°F 3.86 in. -
July 84°F 63°F 4.43 in. -
August 82°F 61°F 3.68 in. -
September 76°F 54°F 2.76 in. -
October 64°F 43°F 2.32 in. -
November 50°F 34°F 2.95 in. -
December 37°F 23°F 2.65 in. -

Grand Lake Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Neil Armstrong airport (AXV) located about 10 miles east of Grand Lake in Wapakoneta, Ohio, the Lima Allen County airport (AOH) located approximately 27 miles east of Grand Lake in Lima, Ohio, the Bellefontaine Regional airport (EDJ) located roughly 37 miles southeast of Grand Lake in Bellefontaine, Ohio, the James M Cox Dayton International airport (DAY) located around 45 miles south of Grand Lake in Dayton, Ohio, and finally the Fort Wayne International airport (FWA) located about 47 miles northwest of Grand Lake in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Grand Lake Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
LeSourdsville Lake Amusement ParkMiddletownOH70.4 mi.
Putt N' Pond Speed ParkFostoriaOH71.1 mi.
Wyandot LakePowellOH79.1 mi.
Fun SpotAngolaIN80.7 mi.
Paramount's Kings IslandKings MillsOH82.1 mi.
Adventureland Amusement ParkNorth WebsterIN83.4 mi.
Stricker's GroveRossOH84.6 mi.
Water Parks
Wyandot Lake Amusement & Water ParkPowellOH79.1 mi.
The Beach WaterparkMasonOH81.5 mi.
Parky's Pirate Cove/Miami Whitewater ForestCincinnatiOH94.6 mi.
Surf Cincinnati Water ParkCincinnatiOH94.6 mi.
Soak City Water ParkSanduskyOH112.8 mi.
Mohican WaterslideLoudonvilleOH119.0 mi.
Golf Courses
Foxs Den Golf ClubCelinaOH4.0 mi.
Mercer County Elks Country ClubCelinaOH4.0 mi.
Northmoor Golf on the LakeCelinaOH4.0 mi.
Stillwater Valley Golf Club at VersaillesVersaillesOH21.5 mi.
Woods Golf ClubVan WertOH23.2 mi.
Moose Golf CourseSidneyOH25.1 mi.
Shelby Oaks Golf CourseSidneyOH25.1 mi.
Portland Country ClubPortlandIN25.9 mi.
Delphos Country ClubDelphosOH26.8 mi.
Moss Creek Golf ClubClaytonOH27.1 mi.
Prairie View Golf ClubWaynesfieldOH28.0 mi.
Union City Country ClubUnion CityOH28.5 mi.
Hawthorne Hills Golf CourseLimaOH29.0 mi.
Ski Areas
Mad River MountainZanesfieldOH45.1 mi.
Perfect North SlopesLawrenceburgIN101.2 mi.
SnowtrailsMansfieldOH105.0 mi.
Swiss ValleyJonesMI116.5 mi.
State Parks
Grand Lake State ParkOH0.3 mi. 
Harbor Point State ParkOH1.9 mi. 
Lake Loramie State ParkOH14.1 mi. 
Fort Amanda State ParkOH15.7 mi. 
Treaty Of Greenville State ParkOH29.9 mi. 
Fox Island State ParkOH32.6 mi. 
Indian Lake State ParkOH33.6 mi. 
Ouabache State ParkIN34.3 mi. 
Kiser Lake State ParkOH36.7 mi. 
Mercer County Historical MuseumCelinaOH4.1 mi.(History)
Bicycle Museum of AmericaNew BremenOH8.9 mi.(Technology)
Fort Recovery State MuseumFort RecoveryOH16.8 mi.(History)
Museum of the SoldierPortlandIN26.2 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Johnny Appleseed MuseumUrbanaOH48.8 mi.(History)
Ball State University Museum of ArtMuncieIN52.4 mi.(Art)
Joseph Moore MuseumRichmondIN52.8 mi.(History)
Wayne County Historical MuseumRichmondIN52.8 mi.(History)
Richmond Art MuseumRichmondIN52.8 mi.(Art)
Lincoln MuseumFort WayneIN53.0 mi.(History)
U.S. Air Force MuseumDaytonOH55.7 mi.(Technology)
United States Air Force MuseumDaytonOH55.7 mi.(Technology)
Dayton Art InstituteDaytonOH55.7 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Fort Wayne Children's ZooFort WayneIN53.0 mi.
Columbus ZooColumbusOH88.2 mi.
Toledo Zoological GardensToledoOH92.4 mi.
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical GardenCincinnatiOH94.6 mi.
Indianapolis ZooIndianapolisIN102.4 mi.
African Safari Wildlife ParkPort ClintonOH105.8 mi.

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