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Indian Lake, Ohio, formerly known as Lewistown Reservoir, was named by European-American settlers because several tribes lived in the region and found the area to be an ideal spot for both hunting and fishing. It was originally a group of small lakes and wetlands across 640 acres of land that later was built into a reservoir to collect water for the Sidney Feeder to the Miami and Erie Canal.

After railways made the canal system obsolete, Indian Lake remained. It has since become a destination for boating and fishing enthusiasts. It is the host for several major fishing tournaments each year as well as weekly contests held by local bass clubs. In the winter, ice fishing and snowmobiling have become greatly popular in the area.

Indian Lake has numerous islands across the center of the lake, a large wildlife area, many inlets and bays, and boasts over 30 miles of shoreline.

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Russells Point
moderate rain
humidity: 93%
wind: 13mph SW
H 54 • L 52

“We had a cottage on Seminole Island on the lakefront near Pew Island. I learned to swim on the lake..fished everyday and night and tubed all day swatting the horse flies away. I loved the lake and miss it terribly. Many wonderful memories that I will never forget.”

“My Grandparents had a mobile home at Cherokee Landing next to the State Park Campground. We spent most of the summer there with them and it was the most fun. We fished from Grandpa’s wooden boat all around the lake. One day we caught a bunch of Crappie in a very short amount of time. Both Grandparents were so busy taking fish off hooks and re-baiting hooks that they never got to wet a line. When we got back to the campground all of the neighbors came to help clean all those fish and we had a BIG fish fry. So much fun. I so badly want to get a place at the lake. I always look for property on line….dreaming!”

“We went there when I was a child. My grandparents would rent a cottage at Duffy & Powell. Had great times there. My parents would go to the dance hall to dance to the big bands that came there and my grandparents would watch us while they went dancing. Great memories. I still enjoy going up there. We take our camper up there and stay in the state park during the summer. We store our pontoon boat up there during that time so we can go out on the lake. Love that lake, can’t wait till summer.”

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all-day Indian Lake Boat Show Weekend @ Indian Lake Marines: Spend-A-Day Marina, Bud's Marine, and Indian Lake Marine
Indian Lake Boat Show Weekend @ Indian Lake Marines: Spend-A-Day Marina, Bud's Marine, and Indian Lake Marine
Mar 2 – Mar 4 all-day
The annual Indian Lake Boat Show welcomes thousands of boat enthusiasts from all over and marks the beginning of Springtime events at Indian Lake! Come and enjoy amazing deals on new and used boats, delicious food and snacks, and reconnecting with old friends and making new ones. There will be many new and used boats[...]
8:00 am Indian Lake Maple Syrup Festival @ Indian Lake State Campground
Indian Lake Maple Syrup Festival @ Indian Lake State Campground
Mar 17 @ 8:00 am – Mar 18 @ 2:00 pm
Join us at the annual Maple Syrup Festival! Start your day with a pancake breakfast at the multipurpose building. Then, take a wagon ride to a tapping exhibit where volunteers demonstrate how to extract sap from trees. Finally, continue on to the Sugar Shack, and discover how sap is turned into delicious maple syrup. You’ll[...]
5:30 pm Cabin Fever Steak Fry @ The Lighthouse
Cabin Fever Steak Fry @ The Lighthouse
Apr 14 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for a steak dinner at beautiful Indian Lake, and stay for the auction, 50/50 drawing, and entertainment. Tickets can be purchased through the Chamber. All proceeds from this event go toward the purchase of fireworks for our July 4th celebration.
9:00 am Spring Fling 5k & 10k @ Old Field Beach
Spring Fling 5k & 10k @ Old Field Beach
Apr 21 @ 9:00 am
Choose between a 5k or a more challenging 10k at sign up, and enjoy a community walk or run in the beautiful Spring weather.

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