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Black Eyed Susans
On January 31, 2011 the State closed Burr Oak Lodge because the management company Xanterra Parks and Resorts didn't renew their contract. In the Fall of 2011, Burr Oak Alive! began as a group of local citizens and officials whose purpose was to encourage the State to find another lodge management company. In August of 2012 the Department of Natural Resources announced the hiring of a new Management Company, U.S. Hotel & Resort Management and the State Controlling Board eventually released $2 million dollars for renovations to the Lodge. After renovations, U.S. Hotels has continued to operate a successful Lodge which helps bring tourists and local residents to enjoy the many benefits of Burr Oak State Park: boating, kayaking, fishing, swimming, camping, hiking, etc.
Burr Oak Alive! continues as an active local friends group in support of Burr Oak State Park and its Lodge. We are officially recognized by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources as a "Friends of the State Parks" group. Burr Oak Alive! incorporated as an Ohio non-profit in June of 2014 and has continued to host and support events at the Lodge and throughout the State Park to encourage local and tourist usage. In 2018 we became a 501(C)(3) organization.
Our events include a Winter Mixer, The Shamrock Express, July "Floatilla" (decorated boats), Dinner on the Dam Fall Mixer. We also provide volunteers to help with Arbor Day Activities, the Bobcat Marathon, Halloween Spooktacular and other activities for adults and children in the Park.
In addition to our membership meetings with officials of the Park and Lodge, our group supports Park Naturalist Julie Gee with many of her monthly events as well as use our resources to donate and plant native trees and flowers around the Nature Center.
Members sustain our 501(C)(3) organization and help us support programs, activities and events that help foster a valuable relationship between our surrounding communities and Burr Oak State Park.
Attend a meeting and become a member or if you know a board member tell them you want to be a member, or use the E-Mail form below to contact us and give us your name and phone number and we will get a membership form to you.
The meeting schedule for 2019 is: January 31, February 28, March 28, April 25, May 30, June 27, July 25, August 29, September 26 and October 31.
The proposed Lake-to-Lodge Trail (in green) would be ADA compliant, which would allow everyone easy access to both Lake and Lodge. We plan to initiate a Capital Campaign with a combination of public and private funds.
Currently the path from the boat docks up to the Lodge is very steep, we call it "Heart Attack Hill". You have to be in pretty good shape to make the trek up the hill and it's pretty rough going down the hill too!
Looking down to the lake and boat docks from the Lodge deck.
PO Box 90, Glouster, OH 45732
Bob Garbo, President
Carrie Price, Vice President
Amy Albu, Secretary
Cheryl Brink, Treasurer