Buckeye Lake

Amusement park in the United States
Buckeye Lake Amusement Park
Buckeye Lake, Ohio, USA
Status Defunct
Operated 1930 to 1970
Slogan "Playground of Ohio"

Buckeye Lake was an amusement park located in Buckeye Lake, Ohio, USA. While the Buckeye Lake area had been a booming lakeside trolley park resort with a number of amusement attractions for many years prior, in 1930 an official Amusement park was developed and opened. The park operated from 1930-1970 after it fell on hard times and was unable to revamp the existing park. The area that once was home to the amusement park is no longer an amusement park, but is now a part of Buckeye State Park.[1][2][3]


Along the shores of Buckeye Lake there were two amusement parks that are often confused for one another (Buckeye Lake Park and Gratziano-Carlin Park) Buckeye Lake Amusement Park, however, was the larger of the two and opened in 1930 alongside its roller coaster, Dips. Dips is also commonly confused with another roller coaster that was once situated along the shores as seen in a historic postcard from 1910. [2]


Buckeye Lake was the site of a variety of Ku Klux Klan rallies throughout its history.[1][3] On August 8, 1924 the dance hall violently sunk into the lake claiming the lives of 7 people of color.[4] Although the incident was said to have been accidental, speculation remained that the event was somehow related to the activities of the KKK. The main cause for speculation was the large rise in Klan activities in the area and at the park, and, in particular, The sinking of the dance hall occurred on the eleventh anniversary of the sinking of an excursion boat after it crashed into a pier which exclusively caused 30 people of color to be thrown from the boat resulting in the death of 7 victims.[4][5][6]

Roller coasters


Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Fate
Dips Miller & Baker Wooden 1930 1958 Destroyed by storm
Wild Mouse Unknown Wooden Unknown Unknown Unknown



Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Fate
The Rocket Ride Unknown Unknown Unknown 1970 Scrapped - 1 Car remains in Museum