Tom Jenkins Dam
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Burr Oak State Park and Burr Oak Lake are in Athens and Morrow counties. The western arm of Burr Oak Lake and Tom Jenkins Dam are in Athens County. The eastern arm of Burr Oak Lake and most of the State Park are in Morrow County. See the Burr Oak Lake map for the location of the county line.
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About Tom Jenkins Dam
Tom Jenkins Dam (Burr Oak Lake) is a multi-purpose flood control project built by the Corps of Engineers under the authority of the Flood Control Act of 1944.
The Tom Jenkins Dam office is open from 730am until 400pm.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers owns 100 acres of land surrounding Tom Jenkins Dam including a portion of Burr Oak Lake in front of the Dam. The Corps also purchased the rights to flood around the land around Burr Oak Lake up to an elevation of 750 feet.
Tom Jenkins Dam 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 OH-13, in Trimble Township of Athens County. From the dam, the lake extends southward for about 1.5 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.
From Tom Jenkins Dam webpage
Restrooms at locations identified on Burr Oak State Park map.