A decade average of “750,000 tourists a year” can’t be wrong…
Sitting in the heart of the Grand Lake St. Marys Region of West-Central Ohio, Mercer County has been a vacation destination for millions of people over decades – with tourism averaging 750,000 people each year in the last ten years alone. Whether you are looking for a great escape weekend away from the bustle of everyday life, or planning a relaxing summer adventure sojourning from one state park to another – The Grand Lake St. Marys Region has something for everyone.
Check out these listings for great water sport activities, nature trails, museums, historic architecture, religious sites, country road treasures, and much more!
Come see why Mercer County is such a great place to PLAY.
You might like it so much you make it your great place to LIVE!
Grand Lake St. Marys
Mercer County has 11,722 acres in state parks, forests, nature preserves, and wildlife areas. Grand Lake St. Marys State Park is the largest. The lake, by itself, was known as the largest man made lake in the world during the 1840s when it was constructed as a feeder lake for the Miami-Erie Canal. Today it is affectionately called Ohio’s Other Great Lake, and is distinguished as Ohio’s largest inland lake. With over 13,500 acres and 52 miles of shoreline (much of it accessible to the public),
Grand Lake Regional Trails Map (walking & bicycling paths)
Love the outdoors? Looking for a great place to bike, walk, run, or skate? Then you will love exploring the following trails and pathways of Mercer County.
- Celina-Coldwater Bike Path (4.5 Miles)
- Celina – St. Marys Bike Path on Route 703 (9 Miles)
- Franklin Township Greenway Trail (7 Miles)
- Grand Lake St. Marys’ East Bank Path (2 Miles)
- Grand Lake St. Marys’ West Bank Trail (7,000 Feet)
- Miami-Erie Canal Towpath (40 Mile Historical Trail along State Route 66 from Delphos to Ft. Loramie) To learn more about the Miami-Erie Canal Corridor, visit: www.meccainc.org.
Grand Lake Pontoon Rentals– call 419 586 BOAT or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celina Lynx Golf Club (formerly Fox’s Den)
1221 Irmscher Blvd
Celina, OH 45822
Phone: (419) 586-3102
The Fox’s Den Golf Course is located on Irmscher Boulevard just off State Route 29 at the east edge of Celina. The 18-hole public golf course opened in 1996. Designed by Jim Fazio, Fox’s Den Golf Club measures 6874 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 125 and a 72.4 USGA rating. The course features 4 sets of tees for different skill levels. The greens are rye grass and the fairways are bent grass.
Elks Country Club
3242 US Route 127
Celina, Ohio 45822
Phone: (419) 925-4215
The Elks Country Club 18 hole course is located on U.S. 127 south of Celina. To the east of Celina, on State Route 703 E. stands the Northwood golf course. Located at the south edge of Celina at the Lake Front Racquet and Health Club is a par three golf course.
Auglaize-Mercer Counties Family YMCA
Phone: (419) 586-9622
The YMCA has two facilities in the area, Celina and New Bremen. The Celina facility is located on S.R. 703E adjacent to Wright State University – Lake Campus.
Greater Grand Lake Region Visitors Center
Phone: (419) 394-1294 or (800 )860-4726
Addition information on tourism in the area can be provided by the visitors bureau or check out their website. Webcam located on West Bank Road, Celina
Ohio Historic West
Ohio’s Historic West” is a State Designated Heritage Area dedicated to the development of cultural and heritage tourism in a ten county area; Auglaize, Champaign, Clark, Darke, Hardin, Logan, Mercer, Miami, Shelby, Van Wert. It is truly a patchwork of diverse places, and highlights many historic, cultural, scenic, and agricultural sites and attractions.
There are many parks in the area, belonging both to Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the City of Celina. ODNR parks are West Bank, located on the West Bank of Grand Lake off U.S. 127 in Celina; Windy Point located on the south side of Grand Lake off State Route 219; Grand Lake Park on the east side of the lake off 703 E.; Harbor Point on the north side of the lake off 703 E. on Harbor Point Drive.