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Glouster - Burr Oak State Park

10220 Burr Oak Lodge Road


Situated in the valley of Sunday Creek, the Burr Oak area was inhabited by Indians and, later, by settlers who found an abundance of game animals and the resources necessary for survival in the Ohio wilderness.

Coal, one of Ohio's most important mineral resources, was mined here for many years. As mining operations expanded, mining towns grew and prospered. Few of these mining towns were as notorious as the village of San Toy.

Many colorful tales were told of life in San Toy. In the true spirit of frontier life, so the story goes, a gunfight was once held over a $20 debt. The street was cleared as the two participants met for a showdown. The ensuing battle left both men lying in the street--one dead and the other critically wounded. The "Old West" came to life in Ohio when the coal company payroll was robbed by bandits who made a horse-mounted getaway through the town.

Countless other tales live on, but San Toy could not. A fire in 1924 destroyed the coal tipple and several businesses. The loss was so devastating that just three years later the second mine shaft shut down. In November 1931, the nineteen remaining voters decided to abandon the town. Today, only the church, the town's first building, still stands as a reminder of days gone by.

In 1950 Burr Oak Lake was built across the valley of the east branch of Sunday Creek, a tributary of the Hocking River.  The dam is about three miles north of Glouster on S. R. 13, in Trimble Township of Athens County.  From the dam, the lake extends southward for about 1 1/2 miles, where it crosses into Homer Township of Morgan County.  It then stretches northward for about four miles into Union Township of Morgan County.  Burr Oak Lake was built as a multiple-use reservoir for flood control, water supply, and recreation.  The Lake was a cooperative venture. The Department of Natural Resources purchased the land, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers constructed the dam and control gates.  Two years later ,Burr Oak was dedicated as a state park.


Janelle Taviano

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Burr Oak Lake has been preserved in it's natural setting. The Lodge and cabins sit upon the lakes serene view. The rooms are amazing....the staff is professional yet very personable. The food affordable and always of deep quality. Nothing lacking in the hills at Burr Oak Lodge !!! Come and rest, hike, swim, boat and go home full....

Kristin Fisher

Thursday, March 29, 2018
The lodge was very accommodating. Breakfast was delicious both days we were there and very affordable. The indoor pool was hard to find but was great when we did get to swim. The staff was nice.

Joel Hacker

Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017
Our family loves to stay there. The front desk staff are fantastic to with, the newly remodeled rooms and suites are great for . families with kids. Our daughter loves having a bunk bed and her own TV and her own bathroom. The master bath is wonderfully redone with a huge the path to the lake is very steep without any stairs, but we go fishing off the large dock. And there's plenty of smaller fish for entertainment, Some year, we will need to rent a boat to get to the middle of the pond for good fishing, but we always meet friendly people. At night we enjoy hanging out in the alcove balcony, and playing one of their family board games.

Sue Dillon

Monday, May 7, 2018
Probably a nicest place to go relax and look at the beauty of nature period a spectacular Lake with a lodge that equals the same Beauty. Always good for a scenic drive also

Pamela W

Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018
Great rooms! There's a bedroom with a king sized bed and private bathroom. Then there is another room with a twin-over-full bunk bed, mini fridge, microwave, and another private bathroom. Was great for our family of 4. Beautiful area for hiking.

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