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April
10

Family Activities to Do at Indian Lake

Indian Lake, perfectly situated in Logan, Ohio, is the ideal summer vacation spot for most families near the area. Indian Lake is home to a wide range of wildlife, with many inlets and bays along the 30 mile coast. It's no wonder families enjoy spending weekends here! The number of outdoor activities are bound to keep you busy, while making new summer memories with friends and family. If you are considering purchasing a waterfront home or interested in taking a weekend trip, here are some fun family activities to do in Indian Lake!

Go Boating on the Water

What's a lake trip without soaking up some rays on the boat?! Indian Lake offers various docking/loading options, and even waterfront homes with their own dock. If you don't have a boat, don't fret! Consider renting watercrafts for a day full of fun. Be sure to study the map for no-wake areas that are enforced by the State Park Water Patrol. Enjoy a relaxing day floating on the lake, or try out water skiing and tubing for a new adventure. Just don't forget to pack your sunscreen!

Hit the Trails

Start the day with a refreshing hike along the lake or a rejuvenating trail bike ride. While making your way through the woods, slow down and enjoy the peaceful pace of life here in Logan, Ohio. Explore three of the most common trails at Indian Lake:

 

  • Pew Island Trail: 1-mile scenic walking trail, encircling Pew Island with beautiful views of Indian Lake
  • Cherokee Trail: 3-mile easy walking trail, located just west of the State Park Campground
  • Lakeside Bike Path: 3-mile paved path available for walking and cycling, located on the west side of Indian Lake between Old Field Beach and Lakeview Harbor

 

Cool Off With a Swim

Pack up the family and head to one of Indian Lake's swimming areas for a splash in the water! There are two beaches that are available for swimming:

 

  • Old Field Beach: The largest of the two beaches, Old Field Beach is easily accessible off State Route 235 located on the west side of Indian Lake. Ample parking is available and also includes picnic shelters and restroom facilities. Don't miss the endless list of summer events that are held at this beach!
  • Fox Island Beach: Located just off Orchard Island Road, this beach also includes parking, restroom facilities, grills, and several shaded trees to relax under with a blanket.

 




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October
11

A Weekend at Indian Lake

Indian Lake, Ohio, is known for its numerous islands across the center of the lake, home to a large wildlife area, with many inlets and bays along a 30 mile coast. Spending weekends at Indian Lake is a common tradition held by many friends and families, and for good reason! The outdoor activities are endless and allow your family to make cherishable memories while enjoying time together. Whether you're considering purchasing a waterfront home or planning a weekend trip, stay tuned to discover what makes Indian Lake a popular destination getaway.

Water Activities

This 5,800 acre lake offers unlimited horsepower boating, giving you the option to relax and sunbathe or rev up the engine for tubing in the zoned area. Indian Lake features five boat ramps and many boat docks to rent, providing an easy and safe storage for your boat. Water skiing is another popular activity among the lake, pros and newbies welcome!

Fishing and Hunting

Do you consider yourself a fishing connoisseur? Indian Lake is stocked with largemouth bass, saugeye, white bass, crappie, bluegill, walleye, catfish, and more! Large wetlands remain on the northeastern part of the lake, where navigational channels have been cut through the area to allow boats. Soak in the sunset and nature sounds while fishing peacefully. Hunting is also permitted in designated areas only. Be sure to renew your hunting or fishing license before casting away!

Swimming and Boating

If you had the option to go to a beach every weekend, why wouldn't you?! Indian Lake offers two public beaches for swimming and relaxation, but be sure to pack the sunscreen! The four designated boating and swimming areas are South Walnut Isle, Little Walnut Isle, Hermit Island, and Snow Island.

Camping and Hiking

Did you know there are over 4,000 campsites near the lake? The Indian Lake State Park offers 500 family campsites suitable for tents or trailers just Northwest of the lake. If you're looking for electrical hookups, full-service hookups, or campsites for pets, there is something for everyone!

Hiking at Indian Lake is another outdoor activity enjoyed by many. Take a break from the water and immerse yourself in mother nature. The Cherokee Trail and the Pew Island Trail are both great paths, offering fresh air and stunning lake views.




Choice Properties understands your needs and desires when it comes to the home search. We are here to help you define what you want, seek the best property and move forward feeling educated and able to make good decisions throughout the process. You can trust us to help you navigate it with the best real estate agents working for you. Call us to get started on your dream home search today.

August
29

10 Waterfront Home Buying Tips from our Agents

From searching for the perfect location to getting pre-approved, purchasing a waterfront home can feel like an overwhelming process. At Choice Properties, our expert lake house agents understand the ins-and-outs of buying a waterfront home, eliminating the stress and worries that tag along. These 10 waterfront home buying tips from our agents will give you awareness on what to expect when purchasing a home by the water.

 

   1.Find a trusted real estate agent who is familiar with the waterfront area.

An average real estate agent will not have the detailed knowledge of waterfront properties in Ohio to help you find the best deal for your budget. Although you may think you found a great deal, it's important to make note of features and amenities the home lacks that makes it a great deal. Having a trusted real estate agent will ensure you are getting the most out of your budge.  

  1. Consider the property rather than the house structure.

Often times with waterfront properties, many buyers will fall in love with a house and not realize the mucky water or lack of privacy. Keeping an open mind and buying a property you love rather than a house you love will drastically change the outcome. It's important to remember a house can always be updated, but can not be relocated.

  1. Purchase a property that truly suits your lifestyle.

You may find a property you love, but it could be 30 minutes from the lake or your desired location. If you enjoy going on the boat or watching the sunset by the lake, that drive will change the amount of times you truly get to take advantage of those activities.

  1. Research loan options early.

Since most waterfront properties are more expensive than residential homes, loans often fall into the higher end of a mortgage payment with a lake house. Because of this, lenders only consider buyers who are extremely qualified knowing they can afford the second home. It's better to look into loan options early on in the process to prepare your house hunt.

  1. Make sure the home structure is able to withstand water.

Unlike average homes, waterfront properties are more exposed to harsh elements, meaning extra measures should be taken to protect the home. Taking the appropriate action to take care of the home will ensure years worth of use.

  1. Insurance can be more expensive and complicated.

Along with the loan options, getting home insurance for a lake home can be more expensive and take quite a while. Each state holds different regulations for the type of insurance needed, so being aware of these and deciding which insurance is best for you will relieve stress in the long run.

  1. Research potential projects you can do with the property.

If you are interested to making changes to your waterfront property, such as adding a deck or boat dock, we suggest starting these projects early to ensure the projects are doable. Also researching activities that are allowed on the lake will prepare you to what to expect, such as jet ski restrictions or other rules.

  1. Chat with local neighbors.

Stop by the local community and neighbors to see how they enjoy living in the space or if they have any issues. Discussing these will allow you to get insider-information, and they may even offer tips to landing the waterfront property of your dreams.

  1. Look into the expense of utilities.

Those who are looking to buy waterfront may not have considered the expense of utilities. Bringing services such as cable, wifi, clean water, septic systems, or electricity can be expensive and should be planned out in advance.

  1. Understand the responsibilities that come with being a waterfront homeowner.

Understanding the responsibilities of your property will come with a smooth transition and happy neighbors. If your waterfront property is part of an HOA, be sure you are familiar with the rules and agree to follow.



Choice Properties understands your needs and desires when it comes to the home search. We are here to help you define what you want, seek the best property and move forward feeling educated and able to make good decisions throughout the process. You can trust us to help you navigate it with the best real estate agents working for you. Call us to get started on your dream home search today.

November
22

lake cabins for sale in Ohio

Sorting through the Lake Cabins for Sale in Ohio

Ohio has some truly beautiful lakes, both natural and man made, that people come from miles away to view and enjoy. One of the must-see lakeside areas is Indian Lake right here in beautiful Logan County. If you've ever dreamed of living by the water, there are plenty of lake cabins for sale in Ohio. There are a lot of benefits to living on waterfront property, from the never-ending vacation to the gorgeous view. Learn how you can find the best lake cabins for sale in Ohio and move into your dream home!

When you look at lake cabins for sale in Ohio, you will see how much privacy they afford you. And there's a ton of water activities that you can do like boating, kayaking and fishing. Lake cabins aren't easy to come by, and they are in short supply. So when you do find a few options, how do you sort through them?

It goes without saying that you should carefully and comprehensively inspect the lake front property that you're considering. Water is great to live next to, but not great if it gets into your home. An expert inspection can help you understand whether you might have water intruding into the basement, or mildew and mold issues due to high moisture levels in the air.

Lake cabins for sale in Ohio are great, but not all waterfront property is the same. As you tour the available lake cabins along the coastline of Indian Lake with one of our award-winning Ohio real estate agents, consider the kind of privacy and lakefront experience your family wants. Many lake cabins for sale around Indian Lake offer lake access and proximity to fishing and swimming areas. Consider the proximity of neighbors if you're concerned about privacy.

Waterfront property in Logan County doesn't stay on the market long so speak with one of our agents about getting notified when desirable new properties become available. This allows you to keep an eye on the market to get the best lake cabins and waterfront homes in the area before others scoop them up.

Finally, it is always a good idea to check insurance requirements. A waterfront property will likely have an increased risk of flood damage. Regular insurance doesn't cover flood, and you will have to buy it separately, and the cost could be prohibitive for some homeowners. Knowing the costs of extras up front will help you decide whether you really want the property to begin with. Let's be honest though, who wouldn't want to live along Indian Lake, especially during the summer months when so many people flock to the are for boating, fishing, and lakeside parties. 

For many home buyers, owning a house by the lake is a dream come true. It is achievable for you and your family with help from expert realtors in the Indian Lake area who know where to find the best lakeside cabins and homes. With some careful planning you will be able to find the right lake side property and get moved into your dream home!



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June
29

Indian Lake is a wonderful place to spend time in the summer, getting out on the water and doing some boating with friends and family. When venturing out into the open water, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure everyone has a safe, and fun, time this boating on Indian Lake.

 

Boating

Indian Lake boating is some of the best in the area. Keep the following in mind when going out on the water.

 

Ramps: all public ramps have ample parking for trailers and vehicles without unhooking. Moundwood and Lakeview are generally busiest but also the largest docking areas. All boat ramp areas have restroom facilities. Chippewa on the north side, Blackhawk on the west, Lakeview Harbor south of the lake and Moundwood is on the east side.

 

Water Depths: varying depths exist across the lake from 3' to 12.' The lake bottom is mud and sand. A boat will need a hook anchor. Wake areas and speed zones are marked on maps available upon arrival or online. No wake areas are strictly enforced by the State Park Water Patrol.

 

Skiing: one ski zone exists for skiing and pulling tubes on the west side of the lake. No limit requirements on speed in this particular area but at least three people must be in the boat including the skier while boating on Indian Lake.

 

Speed Zone: a second speed zone is for boats not pulling skiers or tubers. This area is located on the east side of Indian Lake. No limit requirements on speed exist in this area. Take care and caution while in the game preserve area for weeds. Indian Lake now has a weed harvester to work the weeds through lily pads in the area.

 

Boat Swim: areas exist on the north side of Red Oak Island, along Snow Island and Little Walnut Island on the north side of Indian Lake. Boats may also anchor on the south end of Old Field Beach at Fox Island Beach.

 

Boat Safety: safety tips, boat operating ages and PWC rules are available at this page. No alcohol is permitted on the lake. Patrol boats navigate to help boaters, monitor speed and search for safety violations. The Indian Lake Auxiliary Coast Guard is also available to assist boaters on weekends.

 

Restaurant Docks

The following is a list of restaurants which have docks available for boats.

  • Tilton Hilton

  • Achesons

  • McDonalds

  • Kevin's Pizza

  • The Moose Club

 

Registration

Some of the following tips are helpful to know before boating on Indian Lake.

  • Any craft used in Ohio waters with a serial number requires registration (including rafts with oars). Owners of homemade vessels must apply for a serial number before registering the craft.

  • Untitled vessels require a Statement of Origin, Dealer Invoice or Notarized Bill of Sale. Titled vessels require the title. All vessels must be registered before use on Ohio waters. Ohio now requires a 45-day temporary registration until title is obtained.

 

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May
19

Indian Lake Properties

Indian Lake in Ohio features a 5,800 acre lake, optimal for boating, inland sailing, skiing and other water activities. There is lots to experience at this hidden gem of the Midwest. Here are some of the 10 best reasons to visit Indian Lake in Ohio.

 

  1. Indian Lake - water skiing is popular as is fishing, hiking, camping and visiting the beaches. Several islands dot the lake for nature enthusiasts and those seeking a more quiet experience. Resort homes, vacation rentals and permanent residences surround the lake which provides entertainment for the whole family.

  2. Waterfront dining - several restaurants offer boat docking for easy access to food such as burgers, fries, sandwiches, pizza and fine dining for a beautiful evening on the water. Live entertainment is a staple at several places in Russells Point and surrounding areas. Locals and visitors love to spend time enjoying all these restaurants, big and small, have to offer.

  3. Indian Lake islands - includes the "Indian Isles" chain which arcs through the center of the lake. Wildlife areas are accessible through various channels, inlets and bays with approximately 30 miles of shoreline. Oldfield Beach adjoins the lake which is the end point of a several mile lakefront biking and walking trail.

  4. Festivals - Every year, the Jimmy Buffett weekend kicks off the first week of February along with the annual Boat Show first weekend in March. A fireworks display for Fourth of July celebration observances brings in the crowds to enjoy good food, neighbors and fun. Hundreds of boats line the water and crowds gather on the shores. The "Ring of Fire" on the Sunday evening of Labor Day weekend, extends an Indian tradition in celebration of harvest.

  5. Indian Lake State Park - naturalist programs, playgrounds, basketball, volleyball, bicycle and boat rentals are just some activities available for campers. Some sites include electrical hookups. Hiking, bike trails and winter activities including snowmobiling and ice fishing make this a perfect spot to enjoy year round.

  6. Beaches - some of the public beaches for visitors include Old Field Beach with 1,200 feet of beautiful sand and shelter houses with water fountains and toilets. Fox Island Beach is near Russells Point and three areas on Indian Lake exist for boats to anchor and enjoy swimming.

  7. Bellefontaine - Home to Mad River Mountain Ski Resort, Marmom Valley Farm and Cherokee Hills Golf Course, shopping and entertainment, there is something for everyone here.

  8. Ohio Caverns - enjoy 35 acres of natural caves formed thousands of years ago. Perfect for families to explore together.

  9. Serenity and peace - the beauty of Indian Lake in Ohio is the ability to enjoy crowds, fun and excitement but also find quiet places to get away from it all.

Midwestern charm - friendly locals make this an oasis from city life and everyone is having a good time, young and old, so it is the perfect place to go for an enjoyable time and to meet friendly people. Add Indian Lake as a reason to visit Ohio!

 

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March
15

Retirement is a time to kick back, relax and enjoy life. What better way to enjoy this time of life than to retire on the water. Many people choose to retire near water for the serenity, peace and quiet of a lifestyle which moves at a slower pace and is more low key. The natural beauty of water is that it affords many opportunities to do activities like boating, skiing, fishing, beaches and more.

Paradise

There are fewer things more enjoyable than sitting on a deck listening to the water as it gently rolls into shore. Water is not only pleasing to the ear but the eyes as well. Birds and other wildlife flock to water for its natural resources which also provide hours of beauty in nature to enjoy. Taking advantage of opportunities to be in nature is one of the great features which compel people to retire on the water.

 

View

People who look to retire on the water do so for the amazing views of the water. Whether it is an ocean or a lake, waterfront homes provide an endless array of beautiful scenery to take in from the comfort of one's own home. There are also opportunities to walk on the beach, through a nearby park or take a stroll and find new vistas which can't be seen from one's own porch. A great water view is also relaxing which is a great reason to retire on the water.

 

Family

Nothing is better than being able to entertain family and loved ones in a home by the water. Some people prefer the company of only a handful of people when retired or, because they are quite busy in retirement, enjoy lots of people coming in and out of a home and sharing the beautiful views. When searching for waterfront retirement homes, notice what type of home, what size and location speak to you. Seek out properties which allow for space to do activities with loved ones but also provide a respite from the busyness of life.

 

Amenities

A person who looks to retire on the water has many options from which to choose. Living in an area where it is quiet can be peaceful but having access to entertainment, waterfront dining, boating and additional opportunities can also be exciting. Some want to live in the midst of the action and others choose a home on a quieter plot of land away from people. Fishing, kayaking, sailing and swimming are just some of the activities available to people who own property by the water.

It is easy to work with Choice Properties real estate agents to find the perfect retirement home on the water.                                 Call us today at 937-842-2244 for more information and to get started on your home search.

 

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February
24

How to Find the Best Vacation Spots on the Water

When looking to purchase a second home, families often look for vacation spots on the water. Lakes, beaches and rivers all offer features not found elsewhere in a vacation home including recreational sports and activities, camping, boating and more. With different choices and amenities on offer, it helps to look at each style of living to determine which will be the best choice.

 

Lake

Lakefront living offers ambiance and seclusion not found in other types of neighborhoods. Many families choose this option as a quiet respite away from a hectic, busy lifestyle but still desire opportunities to connect with neighbors, participate in watersports and activities or simply enjoy the view of a serene, peaceful lake. Vacation spots on the water, including lakes, come with perks such as bringing people closer together for events such as picnics, barbeques and gatherings in a relaxed atmosphere. A lake is a natural place to connect with family, neighbors and the community in a less rushed environment.

 

Beaches

Many people enjoy the lifestyle of living near a body of water with beaches. Most think of oceans when considering vacation spots on the water with beaches, but many lakes have smaller, less crowded areas to enjoy the sand while simultaneously soaking up the sun and fun.  Owning vacation property on a private beach is tempting for many searching for that perfect second home. With more cities becoming crowded, space is at a premium. Waterfront property with beaches, whether private or more public, offers proximity for easy access to water sports and activities.

 

Rivers

Often when people search for vacations on the water, rivers tend to get overlooked in favor of lakes or oceans. Many rivers are within short distance to a beach. Riverfront living offers affordable opportunities to enjoy being near the water at a cost which can be lower than ocean or lakefront property. It all depends on the perspective, as some families enjoy being close to water and beaches while others prefer a home directly on the sand. Oftentimes, nature is a big draw for people searching for vacations on the water. Deer, birds and other wildlife may be more likely to make an appearance in a quieter area than one with more people.

 

Whether it is a lake, river or beach, finding vacation spots on the water are affordable and accessible at Indian Lake. Choice Properties has agents ready to assist you in the search for that perfect vacation home at Indian Lake.                                                            Call us today at 937-842-2244 to schedule your appointment!

 

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January
14

Is There Anything Better Than Dining on the Water?

Indian Lake is a great place to live with many options available for dining on the water. When choosing a place to share a meal with family and friends, the choices are endless. From local diners to pizza joints, there is something for everyone who enjoys dining waterfront.

 

Road House

Indian Head Road House is situated right on main street with a spectacular view of the lake. This place serves traditional American fare which includes a full bar. Burgers, sandwiches and fish tacos are menu staples and an outdoor patio which includes a fireplace for cooler weather. A boat dock across the street allows for easy access to a hearty lunch or dinner after a long day out on the water.

 

Pizza

Enjoy several pizza places located right by the water. Jac-N-Do's Pizza and Cassano's Pizza and Subs are just two places to enjoy a slice.

 

Many other food options exist when looking for places that include dining waterfront. There are many food options for all ages and tastes. The atmosphere is one which cannot be overstated. All will enjoy time spent dining on the water at Indian Lake.

 

Picnicking

Picnic tables around the lake make for another fun and casual way to spend time by the water. Pick up food from the area bars and restaurants while enjoying time away from crowds at a spot of your choosing. This is a great option for families who want to make their own food as well but want to enjoy dining waterfront. Enjoy the water, boats and other activities while having a meal.

 

Perks

Several popular restaurants are accessible both by land and water. Boat gas and snacks may be purchased from several on water locations. The Indian Lake area is famous for year round recreation in summer and winter. Volunteers work to keep the waters of Indian Lake beautiful and enjoyable for all who reside here. Nighttime entertainment is available with live bands and karaoke serving as popular options. Living in Indian Lake affords many opportunities to socialize, have fun in a relaxed atmosphere and get to know neighbors at any of the affordable options. Dining on the water never felt as good as seeing friends come together to enjoy an evening out or spending time with family. A small town atmosphere lends itself to a great time whether dining waterfront or having a few drinks.

 

The heart of Indian Lake is the water itself. Indian Lake is home to a variety of places to enjoy food and drinks but it is the water which attracts people to come and stay. The year round accessibility is what brings people to the lake who enjoy activities year round. Ice skating, fishing, hunting and community events bring people together from all over the state who enjoy the atmosphere of being by a lake.

 

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June
18

Indian Lake is a beautiful place for boating and family fun. However, it's a good idea to remember that no matter how much boating experience you have, it never hurts to review a few basics before launching.

 

Safety Tips to Keep Your Family Safe

 

Be Weather-Wise

Because Indian Lake is shallow with large open zone areas, it can get rough quickly with changes in weather conditions. If you notice darkening clouds, volatile and rough changing winds, or sudden drops in temperature, play it safe by getting off the water.

 

Follow a Pre-Departure Checklist

Being prepared for any possibility on the water is a big part of boating safety. By following a pre-departure checklist you can make sure no boating safety rules or precautions have been overlooked or forgotten. Here is a great one to print and use:CHECKLIST

 

Learn to Swim

A strong swimmer is a survivor. Local organizations usually offer training for all ages and abilities. Check to see what classes are offered in your area if you aren't comfortable in the water.

 

Use Common Sense

  • Extended sun and wind exposure causes fatigue

  • Slower boats have the right away

  • Operate at safe speeds—particularly in crowded areas. Observe Indian Lake's 10 mph speed limit for night boating.

  • Stay alert at all times

  • Steer clear of large vessels or watercraft which might be restrictive in stopping or turning.

  • Be conscience of buoys and other navigational aids

  • Don't Drink and Sail. The probability of being involved in a boating accident doubles when alcohol is involved. Studies have shown that the effects of alcohol are exacerbated by sun and wind.

 

Designate an Assistant Skipper

Don't be the only one aboard who knows all aspects of handling and operating the vessel, and general boating safety. Should the Captain become injured or incapacitated in any way, it's important someone else can get everyone else back to shore.

 

Develop a Float Plan

Always be sure to let someone else—who will be on shore—know your float plan. This should include your destination, how long you anticipate being gone, names and phone numbers of all passengers, and boat details including communication equipment on board. Should you run into trouble, this will assist authorities in searching for you. Here is a map of Indian Lake to help you plan:MAP

 

Make Proper Use of Lifejackets

Don't become part of a tragic drowning statistic. Be sure all passengers on board are outfitted in properly fitted lifejackets. Children under ten years of age on a boat less than eighteen feet in length MUST wear a personal flotation device.

 

Take a Boating Course and Consider a Free Vessel Safety Check

Indian Lake Boat Courses

U.S.C.G. Auxiliary Offering Boating Safety Classes N.A.S.B.A. approved. Successful completion satisfies the State of Ohio educational requirements for boaters operating a powerboat faster than 10 hp. and born on or after Jan. 1, 1982.

The US Coast Guard offers complimentary boat examinations to verify the presence and condition of certain safety equipment required by state and federal regulations—take advantage of it!

 

 

DID YOU KNOW?

The cause of most deaths amongst boaters is capsizing, falling overboard, and drowning.

Be safe. Be smart. Stay Alive.

 

FYI:

Per the Indian Lakewebsite: There is no alcohol permitted on the lake. Patrol boats navigate the lake to help boaters, monitor speed, and look for safety violations. The Indian Lake Auxiliary Coast Guard is also available on weekends to assist boaters.

 

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