White Star Park

 

925 South Main Street
Gibsonburg, OH  43431

 

Operations Office
901 South Main
Gibsonburg, OH 43431

797 Acres

Hours: 8:00 am - dark
Location: The park is located south of Gibsonburg on S.R. 300,
S. Main St.
Operations Office: 901 S. Main,
Gibsonburg, OH  43431

Campground: 910 S. Main, Gibsonburg, OH  43431
Barn and Log Cabin: 5013 C.R. 65, Gibsonburg, OH43431
Trail by the Tracks/Sledding Parking: 4899 C.R. 65, Gibsonburg, OH43431
Horse Trail Parking Lot: 1146 C.R. 66, Gibsonburg, OH43431
Doug Haubert Wetland Parking Lot: 1330 C.R. 66, Gibsonburg, OH43431

       
    Quarry bottom 1975                 Quarry 1976                       Beach Area 1977                      Barn Area 1975
Description & History: White Star was a quarry operation for mining limestone. It was developed with Federal Land & Water Conservation Fund money and the sale of scrap metal from the site. The original 236 acres managed by the Park District was acquired in Jan 1975 through lease agreement with the state. The Park District took ownership in 1991.  Additional acres include: 336 acres acquired in 1995, 80 acres in 2000 with assistance of a donation from Don Miller of
Fremont, 41 acres were added in 2002 with Clean Ohio Conservation Funds, and over 100 more acres were added in 2003 with Clean Ohio Conservation Funds.
White Star Park received the Outstanding Park Area Development Award from the
OhioParks and Recreation Association in 1981 and received the Lake Erie Buffer Award in 2002 from Soil & Water Conservation.

Facilities include play equipment, tables, grills, well water, restrooms (pit toilets), volleyball courts, playfield, nature trails, mountain bike trails, boat ramp, shelters, day camp area, accessible fishing platform, scuba diving, camping. Horse trails are located on CR 66 just north of CR 65. The public is allowed to walk anywhere on the grounds except during hunting season, when only hiking trails west of the railroad tracks are open.

White Star Quarry is 15 acres with an average depth of 40', the tunnel near scuba access is 80'. The quarry is available for non-gas-powered boating & fishing. Vessels must have a valid Ohio boat license. Ohio fishing laws apply.
No ice fishing is allowed. Common fish caught: bluegill, bullhead, catfish, bass, trout, yellow perch.  
     
Scuba Diving Information: Contact Divers Incorporated, 419-637-DIVE,
www.whitestarquarry.com 

 

White Star Beach Information

 

 Passes may be purchased at the White Star Beach House or Countryside Park:  Main Office.  For more information call 419-334-4495

 2015 Rates County Resident Out-of-County
Individual Season Pass $35.00 $45.00

Family Season Pass        (6 people)

$60.00 $90.00
***additional people (max of 4) $10.00/person $15.00/person
Daily Adult (13 +) $4.00 $4.00
Daily Child (3-12 years) $2.00 $2.00
Swim Lessons $20.00/session $30.00/session

Hours of Operation

May 23, 24, 25, 30 & 31:  12:00noon - 8:00pm
June 6: Open daily; 12:00noon-8:00pm

  • Swim area is 0-15 feet in depth
  • Only Coast Guard approved life jackets and vests are permitted.
  • Changing rooms and concessions are available in the beach house.
  • The beach is a NON-SMOKING area.
  • No cans, glass, or inflatable devices (i.e. floaties, balls, rafts, etc.).
  • Metal detectors on the beach require special use permit for use on the sand (water entry is not permitted). 

 

Scuba Diving

 

 

The scuba diving concessions is operated by Divers Inc. www.whitestarquarry.com or 419-637-DIVE.

 White Star Quarry is 15 acres with an average depth of 40 feet.  The center of the quarry approaches 50 feet.  There are also two  "holes" that are 60 feet and 80 feet respectively.

 

 


  

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Camping 

White Star Campground is located across from the park's main entrance, open April 15-Nov 15.

  • The campground is a self-registration system at the entrance. 
  • All sites are first-come, first-serve, Sites are not reservable.
  • Non-Electric sites are $15 per night.
  • Non-electric sites can have up to eight people per site in two tents OR eight people in one camper and one tent.
  • Electric sites with water are $25 per night (21 sites).  Sites are 45 feet long and 15 feet wide with 30 amp service.  
  • Pull-thru Electric Sites are $25 per night (2). Sites are 88 feet longs and 15 feet wide with 50 amp service.
  • Each site includes a table and a fire ring. 
  • Purchase firewood on site, $5 bundle.  
  • Sandusky County youth groups camp free at primitive sites with two weeks notice by contacting Countryside Park: Main Office in Fremont: 419-334-4495.

 


Mountain Bike Trails 

Bicycles are allowed on the trails south of C.R. 65, east of railroad tracks. Access to these trails is best at the Trail by the Tracks parking lot on C.R. 65 or at the Barn/Log Cabin parking lot on C.R. 65.

 

 

Hunting

Hunting is permitted at WhiteStarPark east of the railroad tracks. Ohio hunting laws apply. Permission to hunt is obtained by contacting the Park District Office: 419-334-4495 or by calling the Ranger on Duty: 419-355-7066.

 

 

 

 

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  • Picnic Facilities
  • Grills and picnic tables are available throughout the park around the quarry area.  You may bring your own grill and chairs into the park, however,  vehicles are not allowed to drive into the main picnic area (except for Park District Operations & Rangers). Items must be carried from the parking lot. (wheeled carts, coolers, or little red wagons are helpful)
  • If someone in your group has limited mobility, the best facilities to rent are the shelter by the sidewalk (Sycamore Shelter), and the Barn or the Shed (where you may pull a vehicle right up to the door). 
  • Special use permits available for special events, day camps, etc. in the park.
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  •          Sycamore Shelter                  Oak Shelter (previously 'Chinquapin Oak Shelter')       Simcox Shelter
  • To reserve a shelter, click on "Register Online - Facilities" at the top of this page or call 419-334-4495.

  • Sycamore Shelter - open sided, no electricity, next to the sidewalk (parking lot to shelter distance: 225 ft)
  • Oak Shelter - open sided, no electricity (parking lot to shelter distance: 235 ft)
  • Simcox Shelter - open sided with a small enclosed section, has electricity (parking lot to shelter distance: 640 ft)
  • All shelters are $50 SanduskyCounty residents, $75 non-residents. All shelters have a minimum of 10 tables, good for a group of approx. 60-80 people. When not reserved, shelters are on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Barn - $200 SanduskyCounty residents, $300 non-residents, 25 tables, approx. 150-200+ people, with electricity. 
  • Shed (small section of barn) - $75 SanduskyCounty residents, $110 non-residents, 15 tables, 90-120 people, with electricity. 
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         Shed & Barn                                      Barn (inside area)                     Barn (patio area)                                     Shed



  • Activities: Birding, Biking, Boating, Camping, Canoeing, Cross Country Skiing, Fishing, Geocaching, Hiking, History, Hunting, Metal Detecting, Picnicking, Picnic Shelters, Reservations Accepted, Scuba Diving, Sledding, Swimming

       
                                                                                Log Cabins: Reineck Cabin & Schlea-Swartzlander Cabin
      

 

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