News Release 523

Camp Pin Oak dining lodge burns at Lake of the Ozarks State Park

Volume 38-523 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Judd Slivka

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., SEPT. 3, 2010 – The dining lodge at the Camp Pin Oak Group Camp in Lake of the Ozarks State Park was completely destroyed by fire early Friday morning, according to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

“This is a great loss for the people of Missouri and for our state park system,” said Governor Jay Nixon this morning. “This historic dining lodge was one of the finest examples of Civilian Conservation Corps buildings in all of the state park system’s group camps, and held many happy memories for generations of Missouri scouts and campers.”

The fire was first spotted by residents across the lake and the Osage Beach Fire District was notified at 2:10 a.m. Park officials consider the dining hall a complete loss. The fire marshall’s preliminary report indicated the fire was of unknown origin but noted that there were strong storms with lightning in the area at the time. The investigation will continue. 

The structure was a combination dining hall and recreation hall for the group camp, which was built between 1934-1938.  The camp has been used by many organized youth groups, including Girl Scouts, since 1938.

Bill Bryan, director of the department’s Division of State Parks, said it is too soon to determine what the next step will be, but noted that “nothing will be able to truly replace this historic structure that has served campers for more than 70 years.”

The camp was not occupied at the time of the fire. It has been reserved for all weekends during September and park officials are trying to accommodate these groups in other facilities or group camps. Pin Oak Group Camp is one of four group camps located in Lake of the Ozarks State Park.