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Strouds Run State Park

Strouds Run State Park paranormal

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Location submitted by: sdonley on 07/28/2019
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Strouds Run State Park is an Ohio state park located primarily in Canaan Township, Athens County, Ohio, with a small part in Ames Township.

11661 State Park Rd
Athens , OH 45701
Phone: (740) 384-4474
Open to the public: Yes

Lat: 39.366070
Lon: -82.048690

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Demographic Rank: 6
History: 1
Stories: 1
Claims: 1
Evidence: 0
Resources: 1
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Strouds Run State Park is an Ohio state park located primarily in Canaan Township, Athens County, Ohio, with a small part in Ames Township. It comprises 2,606 acres (1,055 ha), and includes Dow Lake, a 161-acre (0.65 km2) artificial lake. The lake is stocked on an annual basis with several kinds of fish, including rainbow trout, which cannot survive the winters. The park is almost entirely within the Strouds Run watershed, although it does not include the entire watershed. The park is on the fringes of the city of Athens, Ohio, with park boundaries coinciding with city limits in several places.

Added by: sdonley on 08/02/2019 DB#:503


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Strouds Run State Park, 11661 State Park Road, has been around for decades. In fall of 1962, OU instructor Gene Isaac Stees hit his pregnant wife over the head with a crowbar and then stuck a plastic bag over her head. He then dumped her body into Dow Lake, a lake near the park. People reportedly see the ghost of Mrs. Stees walking around the edge of the water. Gene Isaac Stees was arrested for this act, but escaped from prison in 1972 and has never been caught.

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3083 08/02/2019 sdonley People have reported seeing the apparition of a woman walking around the edges of the water as if she was looking for something.

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