VIDEO: LIA Member Meeting September 2023

Video from the September 2023 Lake Improvement Association member meeting. Apologies in advance for the flipped camera angle. We had technical difficulties and had to record on a phone, and didn’t realize the video was flipped on Facebook until partway through the meeting.


GLSM Adaptive Management Plan (2023 Update)

The Lake Restoration Commission recently released its updated Adaptive Management Plan for Grand Lake St. Marys. The document details what has been accomplished from 2017 to 2022 and describes plans for the future.DOWNLOAD NOW


Wright State sells 10 acres of land to improve water quality (VIDEO)

A 10-acre plot of unused land will be sold to the Grand Lake St. Marys Lake Facilities Authority.Through a state award called the Clean Ohio Green Space Conservation Program, a 10-acre plot of unused land adjacent to Lake Campus’ Agriculture and Water Quality Education Center will be sold to the Gra


Accessible Fishing Dock Installed on West Bank

The accessible fishing dock was installed on August 4, 2023. See pictures & video.The Lake Improvement Association, Grand Lake Recreation Club, and Shinn Brothers, Inc., partnered to install a new accessible fishing dock on the south end of Grand Lake’s West Bank. The installation was completed on F


ODNR: Boost Boating Safety & Leave the Booze at Home

Press release via ODNR:ODNR Joins Operation Dry Water to Encourage Safe and Sober Boating.COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is joining Operation Dry Water with other law enforcement agencies around the country to promote safe and sober boating for the weekend of July 1


Ohio Farm Bureau Releases 2023 Water Quality Status Report

The Ohio Farm Bureau recently released its 2023 Water Quality Status Report. The report highlights progress being made in the watersheds of Grand Lake St. Marys and features insights from Mercer County Director of Agriculture & Natural Resources and Mercer County SWCD District Engineer Theresa Dirks


Seeking Hole Monitors for the Bar Stool Open

We’re seeking hole monitors for the Bar Stool Open on August 12, 2023. If you’re not playing in the Bar Stool Open, please consider being a hole monitor. This is our biggest annual fundraiser for lake improvement efforts, and hole monitors are critical to the event’s success.Many say being a hole mo


Grand Lake Carp Derby 2023 Results

Grand Lake Carp Derby 2023 Results. Youth Largest & Most Carp Caught winner was Ellie Hanchak. Thank you to the St. Marys Rotary and all who participated!


VIDEO: GLSM Dredge Program Update

Dredge program update with Ohio Dredging Program Administrator Tom Grabow.Grand Lake St. Marys dredge program update with Ohio Dredging Program Administrator Tom Grabow.


VIDEO: GLSM Water Quality Update

Presentation by Wright State University Lake Campus biology professor Dr. Stephen Jacquemin.After a seasonal spike, microcystin numbers in Grand Lake St. Marys sharply declined. Learn more about current water quality versus historical averages and more in this presentation by Wright State University


Artist Creates Hoedag Stickers (Available Now)

View and buy Hoedag stickers created by talented artist Sam Kalensky.Independent artist, folklorist & character designer Sam Kalensky reached out to the Lake Improvement Association for information about the Hoedag, the mythical creature said to roam Grand Lake St. Marys. Kalensky used old newspaper


Boating Safety Tips – Stay Safe This Summer!

Boating safety tips from ODNR and the National Safe Boating Council.Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer, and the Lake Improvement Association reminds everyone to be safe while having fun while out on the water.According to the National Safe Boating Council, 81% of boating fataliti


Spring Spike in Microcystin Levels: What It Means for Grand Lake

Special thanks to Dr. Stephen Jacquemin, Professor of Biology, Wright State University-Lake Campus, for providing data, context and insights for this report.Current microcystin levels are higher than they were the past two years, but they’re still below historical averages, suggesting that ongoing c


Chickasaw Creek Treatment Train & Stream Restoration Updates

Updates on the Chickasaw Creek treatment train & stream restoration project. Information and photos were provided by Mercer County Agriculture & Natural Resources Director Theresa Dirksen.Big Chick Treatment TrainThe project will be going out for bid toward the end of May 2023. Water will pump from


Signs Posted at Burntwood-Langenkamp Wetland Conservation Area

Signs have been posted at the Burntwood-Langenkamp Wetland Conservation area.The construction of the nearly 90-acre project site was completed in 2022. Water enters the site during high flows through Burntwood Creek and also has a pump with the capacity to pump 500,000 gallons of water per day duri


Contact Your State Senators About HB33

The Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources is being flat funded for the next two years in the state budget. Funding will stay at the same level it was in 2022, despite rising costs. We need to stress how critical it is to adequately fund ODNR to maintain our state parks, including Grand Lake St. Marys.Hous


LIA & Rec Club to Add New Accessible Fishing Dock on West Bank

LIA to add an accessible fishing dock on the West Bank of Grand Lake St. Marys in partnership with the Grand Lake Recreation Club & Shinn Brothers, Inc.The Lake Improvement Association plans to add a new accessible fishing dock on the West Bank of Grand Lake St. Marys. The project will be completed


VIDEO: Feb. 2023 LIA Member Meeting

Video from the February 2023 Lake Improvement Association member meeting, plus presenter files.Part 1:Part 2:Files from Dr. Jacquemin’s Presentation:Long Term GLSM Stream Flow Data Updated 2022Microcystin Summary Data 2009-20222022 LRC GLSM Wetland UpdatesFiles from Ariel Heins’ Presentation:LIA Pre


Mercer SWCD Announces Annual Tree Seedling Sale

The Mercer SWCD has announced its annual tree seedling sale. Anyone may order these 1 to 3-year-old bare root seedlings, which will be approximately 6 to 18 inches in height (with the exception of apple whips, which are will be approximately 3 to 4 feet in height).Submit your order by the March 3, 2