CCC Camp Gordon & Wolfden Lake

Camp Gordon was one of seven Civilian Conservation Corps camps that were established in the Shawnee State Forest, beginning in 1933. Located in the Headwaters of Turkey Creek on State Route 125, Camp Gordon would be home to first, an all-white company of enrollees and then an all-black and all World War I veterans unit.

The enrollees of Camp Gordon built nearby Wolfden Lake, one of the more picturesque CCC-built reservoirs in Shawnee Forest. They also joined enrollees from Camp Roosevelt to help build and develop the site of Roosevelt Lake, what became Shawnee State Park.

Today, passing vehicles on State Route 125 can catch a glimpse of the ruins of the Officers' Quarters, a stone chimney, which has come to be mistaken for the ruins of an old abandoned homestead.

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View of Wolfden Lake Dam (c. 1935).

View of Wolfden Lake Dam (c. 1935).

The Ohio Division of Conservation photographed Wolfden soon after its construction. At three acres it is one of the small reservoirs, but also one of the more picturesque, with its hemlock and sycamore lined shores. When under a clear night's sky and lit by a full moon, Wolfden is unmatched for its beauty. | Source: Image courtesy of The Ohio State University. Ohio Agricultural Research & Development Center. Wooster OH. Forestry Images Collection. | Creator: Andrew Feight, Ph.D. View File Details Page

Wolfden Lake Dam, Then (c.1935) and Now (2012).

Wolfden Lake Dam, Then (c.1935) and Now (2012).

Wolfden Lake, located on Forest Road 25, is in the headwaters of Turkey Creek, which flows through the heart of Shawnee State Forest. Built in 1935, Wolfden Lake is one of six reservoirs constructed by Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) enrollees from nearby Camp Gordon. The Ohio Division of Conservation photographed Wolfden soon after its construction. At three acres it is one of the small reservoirs, but also one of the more picturesque, with its hemlock and sycamore lined shores. When under a clear night's sky and lit by a full moon, Wolfden is unmatched for its beauty. | Source: Image courtesy of Andrew Lee Feight, Ph.D., from the Scioto Historical Series, private collection, Friendship, Ohio. | Creator: Andrew Feight, Ph.D. View File Details Page

Shawnee State Park visitors explore the ruins of CCC Camp Gordon (2012).

Shawnee State Park visitors explore the ruins of CCC Camp Gordon (2012).

The ridge-side chimney ruins of the Officers Quarters marks the location of CCC Camp Gordon. The enrollee barracks were located below, along the narrow strip of bottom land through which State Route 125 runs. | Source: Image courtesy of Andrew Feight, Ph.D., from the Scioto Historical Series, private collection, Friendship, Ohio. | Creator: Andrew Feight, Ph.D. View File Details Page

Sycamore Reflected in Wolfden Lake

Sycamore Reflected in Wolfden Lake

Wolfden Lake, built by the men of CCC Camp Gordon, is surrounded by hemlock and giant sycamores. | Source: Image courtesy of Andrew Feight, Ph.D., from the Scioto Historical Series, private collection, Friendship, Ohio. | Creator: Andrew Feight, Ph.D. View File Details Page

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Andrew Lee Feight, Ph.D., “CCC Camp Gordon & Wolfden Lake,” Scioto Historical, accessed March 24, 2017, http://sciotohistorical.org/items/show/25.
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