With deep historic roots stretching back to its time as a portage between the St. Mary and Auglaize River systems this town became important to the Miami & Erie Canal.
Grand Lake St. Mary was created as a water reservoir for the canal flowing northward.. The 13,500 acre lake, now a state park, was for many years the largest man-made body of water in the world.
Docked in Memorial Park is the canal boat replica “The Belle of St. Mary.
Canal Feeder from Grand Lake St. Marys
Location: RT.33, 10 miles west of I.75
The Belle of St. Mary
Site of historic aquaduct
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