Burr Oak State Park
|Burr Oak State Park|
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
|Location||Morgan / Athens counties, Ohio, U.S.|
|Area||Land: 2,593 acres (1,049 ha)
Water: 664 acres (269 ha)
|Governing body||Ohio Department of Natural Resources|
The park is centered at Burr Oak Lake. The dam for the lake is federal property under the jurisdiction of the Army Corps of Engineers, and is named Tom Jenkins Dam. It was built in 1950 for flood control. The maximum depth of the lake is around thirty feet.
The lake and park are named in honor of the burr oak tree, a variety of oak.
The area of the park is 2,593 acres (1,049 ha), while that of the lake is 664 acres (269 ha). The park was dedicated in 1952.
A guest lodge was available until it closed in 2012 for renovations and has reopened in 2013. Cabins, picnic grounds, and camping, including a group campsite have also reopened. The park also features boat docks, ramps, and a swimming beach. Hunting is permitted in some areas of the park.
The park borders the Wayne National Forest and the Sunday Creek State Wildlife Area.
Historically, the park has maintained a number of open areas along roadways as wildflower meadow-type areas.
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