Description - Within an hour's drive of the caves and cliffs of Hocking Hills State Park, the Tom Jenkins Dam and Burr Oak Lake facility wind over 664 acres with nearly 8 miles of shoreline. Water depths reach approximately 30 feet at the dam with an overall depth averaging between 10 and 20 feet. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources oversees habitat improvement, nesting site development, and food-plot programs for the benefit of many fish and wildlife species. Dam facilities are closed in winter.
Copyright: - US Army Corps of Engineers
Tom Jenkins Dam and Burr Oak Lake
- Recreations enjoyed at Tom Jenkins Dam and Burr Oak Lake include camping, fishing, hiking, hunting, lodging, picnicking, dining, water sports and wildlife viewing. Visitors should note that many of the recreations offered are managed by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
The lake features numerous fish shelters enhancing the regular stocking of saugeye, catfish, bluegill, largemouth bass, crappie, and perch. A marina and launching ramp are located within the state park. Also within Burr Oak, visitors can enjoy unguarded lake swimming.
Bicycles are permitted on the main roads and the state park campground. Bikes are not permitted off-road.
There is a federal forest campsite located near the dam. Additional sites are within Burr Oak State Park.
Several hiking trails run through the dam site and well as slicing into the state park. There are no equestrians trails available.
Public hunting and trapping is allowed on all areas of Tom Jenkins Dam except recreational areas and areas specifically posted.
In addition to the many individual tables scattered beneath the hardwood canopy, visitors can find picnic shelters at the dam site. All shelters are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Full-service lodging and cabin facilities are enjoyed at Burr Oak State Park. Guests are invited to enjoy comfortable rooms with a view, indoor pool, shuffle board and game room, while all visitors are invited to enjoy the nature programs and restaurant.
Recreation - Recreations enjoyed at Tom Jenkins Dam and Burr Oak Lake include camping, fishing, hiking, hunting, lodging, picnicking, dining, water sports and wildlife viewing.
Climate - This state has four distinct seasons and a brilliant fall foliage display in it southern woods during mid October. Winter lasts from December through February with average temperatures near 25 degrees F. Low temperatures dip to single digits, but do not often drop below zero. Northern regions of the state receive average snowfall amounts of 55 inches, while the central and southern regions of the state receive lesser amounts with averages near 30 inches. This difference is caused by lake-affect moisture patterns.
Spring temperatures begin to warm the landscapes of Ohio by mid March and are in full swing by April. Temperatures range from 40 through 70 degrees F through the spring months. This season often brings the most rainfall, before the drying heat of summer. Summer can be extremely hot and humid in the interior of Ohio. Temperatures reach above 90 degrees F frequently through July and August. Cooler fall temperatures don't reach the region until mid to late September. This is a pleasant time to visit as the air is crisp with low humidity levels. Ohio's annual precipitation usually reaches slightly above 50 inches.
The dam and lake are located outside of Athens, Ohio by traveling 20 miles north on U.S. Route 23 and State Route 13.