St Marys Fish Hatchery

The St. Marys State Fish Hatchery has been around since the early 1910’s, having played many large roles.

Along the east bank of Grand Lake St. Marys running parallel to State Route 364, is a set of ponds you may or may not have noticed as you drive by.

“There are a lot of people who drive by here all the time and don’t know what we do here,” said Jay Williams, Superintendent of the St. Marys State Fish Hatchery. The fishery was built in 1913 by the Western Ohio Fish and Game association before being transferred to the predecessor of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources in 1936. The fishery encompasses one-hundred-fifty-five acres of land, with forty-three of those acres being water in twentysix ponds.

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