Troubled Ohio lake to offer extended discounts

ST. MARYS, Ohio (AP) — Outdoor enthusiasts can get extended discounts at Ohio's largest inland lake beginning this spring.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says the discounts at Grand Lake St. Marys in western Ohio include 25 percent off camping and dock fees.

The special rates will be in effect from April 1 until Oct. 31, but don't include certain periods, including days around the Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day holidays.

The state has worked to clean up the lake since 2010 when a toxic algae bloom forced environmental officials to urge visitors not to touch the water or eat fish caught there. The incident damaged the region's tourism business while highlighting problems caused by phosphorous runoff from farms.