Ohio extends discount at lake plagued by algae

COLUMBUS (AP) — The state says it will continue half-price discounts at Ohio’s largest inland lake, where toxic algae hurt business last year.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources said today that Grand Lake St. Marys in western Ohio will reduce regular fees for camping, cabins, shelter house rentals and docks by 50 percent during the 2011 season.

Tourism declined last summer at the 12,700-acre lake between Dayton and Toledo amid an outbreak of blue-green algae. Visitors were warned not to come in contact with the water.

The half-price deals were first introduced in August. They mean, for example, that the usual $50 nightly cost of a renting shelter house is cut to $25, and the $90 nightly charge for a cedar cabin is reduced to $45.

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