Lakeside charm | The Columbus Dispatch

Lakeside charm | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 42 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Aug 7, 2010, titled Lakeside charm | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Patrons enjoy the view at Capt'n Woody's Pub and Grub on Avondale Road, one of roughly a dozen bars and restaurants at Buckeye Lake, Ohio's oldest state park.

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bosco

Columbus, OH

#22 Aug 7, 2010
It is a darn shame that they do not renew the vigor of the lake. I spent many a summer on the water and a hike to the amusement park was well worth it in those days. History has it that Disney was at one time interested in developing the amusement park. That would have been grand. It has plenty of potential. Restore it to it's former life , I would say you would have a winner. I mostly remember Hunt's Landing. In it's day It was grand. Look at the development there now. It can only get better. Believe me Central Ohio needs a place like that too. Amusement Park, Casino, Water Park(indoor), Main Street(a lot of potential there). Why don't local developers pick up on the idea? It is Americana at it's best.
Look at the connecting points, Dresden(Longaberger), Key West(Papa boo's, Mallory Square Condos) Rebuild the Kahaiki there. Central Ohio needs something like this. Yeah I am a Dreamer, I know. But Darn it would be nice. Central Ohio Would be a destination.
bosco

Columbus, OH

#23 Aug 7, 2010
And convert alot of the cornfields to grapes, Buckeye Lake Winery! My vision goes on and on. LOL
Jonathan

Columbus, OH

#24 Aug 7, 2010
2 tips - close the place for a year or 2 and dredge the entire thing ... 2nd - if you go there and are the slight bit buzzed do NOT take 204 back into Pickerington/Reynoldsburg! The cops lie in wait at all hours of the day/night - it's not worth even going there anymore!
Vuvuzela Jabulani

Columbus, OH

#25 Aug 7, 2010
It will be filled in in the next couple of decades.

Interested in mud flat front property.
expatrol

Reynoldsburg, OH

#26 Aug 7, 2010
Two words: Papa Boos!!!!
bosco

Columbus, OH

#27 Aug 7, 2010
I am adamant about this! My pipe dream goes on and on. Papa Boo's I agree. Can you imagine Kahiki, Margaritaville too and whatever famed restaraunt would make it a draw. Make it like City Walk outside Universal Studios of Orlando. It would be a venue that all Ohio would come to.(You know Jimmy Buffet walked the roads into one of his concerts.)Bring back Buckeye Lake Pavillion as a concert venue.
The Dispatch, Nationwide, Longaberger, Penn Gaming and the Limited could invest in this. A comglomerate, a Partnership. Make it a venue of renown for Central Ohio. This could be done if enough interest was shown. I believe in it. We could become another Branson.
bosco

Columbus, OH

#28 Aug 7, 2010
It would also bring Jobs-Jobs-Jobs!
spirit

Grove City, OH

#29 Aug 7, 2010
Hi! Thanks for the informative and helpful article about our beautiful Buckeye Lake......It isn't too far from Columbus and has had a lot of improvements over the last 7 - 10 years. I worked as a seasonal maintenance worker for ODNR for 7 years and have saw a lot of improvement to our park areas considering the drastic budget cuts we get hit with. Our park manager does the best he can with the budget he has and all the staff works hard to keep your park clean and safe. I'm not for sure why people are bashing a place where they can go for free to relax with their friends and family and the Natural Resources rangers are just doing their job and here to resolve issues and not harass as some may lead others to believe.
bosco

Columbus, OH

#30 Aug 7, 2010
and revive Tourism!
ODB

Dallas, TX

#31 Aug 7, 2010
cant spell wrote:
Buckeye Ocean?
That's funny! I grew up in Fairfield County, much of that time in nearby Baltimore. I've always called it Buckete Ocean!!
Anonymous

Pleasantville, OH

#33 Aug 7, 2010
Oh the memories. As a child Port Columbus Naval Air Station would have their yearly picnic at all place but picnic point. We would get to ride all those rides for FREE. I use to call it Buck my leg. Then when I got older our Girl Scout troop would have an overnight at my house on Friday and Saturday morning we all would get up and go to the Park. We would ride and ride and ride some more til the park closed for the day.
In 1972 I got married to a lake resident and we set up housekeeping right on the lake. My best memories of our first years of marriage would be setting on the back porch and looking over the lake at sun set. OMG what a beautiful sight.
So what I called as a child Buck my leg became my home for the last 38 years Buckeye Lake. I live on the Thornville side in Licking County and drive all the way to Upper Arlington and when I return at night I thank God for my blessed little spot of heaven hear on earth.
As far as the people being friendly there are none any more friendlier then those around Buckeye Lake.
On the 4th of July the boat parade is one of the best and the fireworks over the lake you all should come out and watch
steely dan

Northfield, OH

#34 Aug 7, 2010
ODNR needs to take advantage of all these drunked up boaters and idiots who show up out there to drag race on the water.

Sounds like a missed opportunity for some revenuin'.

Based on this article, I'm guessing there's at least one "go faster" boat painted orange with a confederate flag named the "General Lee".

Do they pull Daisy Duke around on water skis?

Just sounds so charming and eclectic......Yea, right!
Beenthere

United States

#35 Aug 7, 2010
I had friends who had places ok buckeye lake many years ago and some good memories. But come on, it is one weird place.

Between the hicks with a liitle money, the bikers who are scary at papa boo's and just the everyday folks who have been ridden hard and put away wet- this is Not a place I'd put money into.

There was always too much drinking out there and who would want the fish out of buckeye lake?
Bill Dierker

Dublin, OH

#36 Aug 7, 2010
If you are in Buckeye Lake, stop by Cathfish Charleys for lunch or dinner.
Buckeyes117

Bellefontaine, OH

#37 Aug 7, 2010
To those that have bad memories or negative things to say about the lake good that means we won't have to worry about you coming back. I started coming to the lake in the 50's on family vacations. Moved here in the early 80's after living in LA for 5 years. Raised my children here and love the atmosphere at the lake. Hope to be here for many years to come.
Steely Dan

Columbus, OH

#38 Aug 7, 2010
Buckeyes117 wrote:
To those that have bad memories or negative things to say about the lake good that means we won't have to worry about you coming back. I started coming to the lake in the 50's on family vacations. Moved here in the early 80's after living in LA for 5 years. Raised my children here and love the atmosphere at the lake. Hope to be here for many years to come.
Is it safe to assume that your five years in LA were spent doing a biographical portrayal as Cousin Eddie in the Vacation franchise? LOL!
reply

Bowling Green, OH

#39 Aug 7, 2010
What Realtor paid this journalist to write this? Come on...it's Buckeye Lake, not Lake Union in Seattle. If there's a body of water nearby, a pond or swamp,then they will come- just add the word"scenic" to the 300,000 dollar going price for a home and they will buy it...idiots!
joey

Columbus, OH

#40 Aug 8, 2010
Vuvuzela Jabulani wrote:
It will be filled in in the next couple of decades.
Interested in mud flat front property.
Edgewater beach, thornville has alot of good property for sale.
Lake-liker

Columbus, OH

#41 Aug 8, 2010
bosco wrote:
It is a darn shame that they do not renew the vigor of the lake. I spent many a summer on the water and a hike to the amusement park was well worth it in those days. History has it that Disney was at one time interested in developing the amusement park. That would have been grand. It has plenty of potential. Restore it to it's former life , I would say you would have a winner. I mostly remember Hunt's Landing. In it's day It was grand. Look at the development there now. It can only get better. Believe me Central Ohio needs a place like that too. Amusement Park, Casino, Water Park(indoor), Main Street(a lot of potential there). Why don't local developers pick up on the idea? It is Americana at it's best.
Look at the connecting points, Dresden(Longaberger), Key West(Papa boo's, Mallory Square Condos) Rebuild the Kahaiki there. Central Ohio needs something like this. Yeah I am a Dreamer, I know. But Darn it would be nice. Central Ohio Would be a destination.
All great ideas (except for the casino, cringe) Now that the Buckeye Lake Village has water & sewer the eyesore tear-downs are progressing and new and better homes are appearing- The area could support an improved business district(s). Hunts Landing and Cranberry bay are charming residential areas- as well as Harbor Hills with their neat little golf course- The Mallory Square Condos are well planned as are the Heron Bay areas & Compass Point- it is time for some new business upgrades! If you build it we will come!
bosco

Columbus, OH

#42 Aug 8, 2010
I don't look down on the Casino idea. I like them only because of the Atmosphere. I am not much of a gambler. But I think it would be a draw. Live stage shows Top Shelf entertainment. And The Crystal Ballroom. I say build it from the original blueprints, Olympic Size pool and all With and Indoor Water park. Surf Ohio. Bring back the SternWheeler too. Dinner Cruises. As I said Americana!

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