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Burr Oak Alive!, PO Box 90, Glouster, OH 45732, US

Burr Oak State Park, located in beautiful Southeastern Ohio

Autumn aerial view of Burr Oak State Park and Lodge in  beautiful Southeastern Ohio
Autumn aerial view of Burr Oak State Park and Lodge in  beautiful Southeastern Ohio

Burr Oak State Park, located in beautiful Southeastern Ohio

Welcome to burr oak Alive! "Friends" of burr oak state park

 There's much to see here. So, take your time, look around, and learn all there is to know about us. We hope you enjoy our site and take a moment to drop us a line or think about becoming a member.  Thank you for stopping by our website. 

The Story of Burr Oak Alive! Friends Group

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 fundraising events and support other events at the Lodge and throughout the State Park to encourage local and tourist usage.  In 2018 we became a 501(C)(3) organization. 

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.

Our annual fundraising events include a Winter Mixer (February), The Shamrock Express (March), Dinner on the Dam (April) and our Floatilla (July).  We also provide volunteers to help the Park with Arbor Day Activities (April), Family Fun Day (July), Halloween Spooktacular (October), the Bobcat Marathon (November) and other activities for adults and children in the Park.

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Aerial view of Burr Oak Lodge and Lake

Our 2020 Board of Directors



Rear (L/R):  Mark Brunton, Jane Cavarozzi, Carrie Price, Amy Albu, Bob Garbo, Lynn Garbo, Cheryl Brink and        Don Turner

Front (L/R):  Cindy Hartman, Judy Sweazy, Maryalice Turner

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Why Members are important to us

Why Members are important to us

Why Members are important to us

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.


Why Members are important to us

Why Members are important to us

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Burr Oak Alive! is a 501(C)(3) organization.

2020 Membership Meetings

Why Members are important to us

2020 Membership Meetings

We meet the last Thursday of the the month, January through October, Burr Oak Lodge at 6:30 PM. 

Our meeting schedule for 2020 is: 

January 30, February 27, March 26, April 30, May 28, June 25, July 30, August 27, September 24, October 29.


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The Trail is underway!

View of the Trail from across the lake.  Photo taken April 13, 2020.

Photo by Cindy Hartman.


It Was a Much Needed Trail...agree?

This was a photo from the boat docks looking up to the Lodge and the access road was 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.


We're Excited!!

This is a photo taken on  April 9, 2020.  They have started putting up the railing.

Photo by  Lynn Garbo.

If you would like a brochure sent to you about our Trail Project Campaign please e-mail  Bob Garbo, Pres. Burr Oak Alive directly at rather than using the Burr Oak Alive e-mail below.

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Burr Oak Alive!

PO Box 90, Glouster, OH 45732

Burr Oak Alive! Board of Directors

Bob Garbo, President

Carrie Price, Vice President

Amy Albu, Secretary

Cheryl Brink, Treasurer

Mark Brunton

Jane Cavarozzi

Lynn Garbo

Cindy Hartman

Judy Sweazy

Don Turner

Maryalice Turner