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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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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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