INDIAN LAKE STATE PARK

Indian Lake State Park welcome sign

Enjoy camping, boating, fishing, swimming and wonderful new friendships at beautiful Indian Lake.

12774 S.R. 235 North
Lakeview, Ohio 43331

State Park Office: 937-843-2717
Camp Office: 937-843-3553

Reservations for Cabins: 1-866-644-6727
Group Area Reservations: 937-843-3553
indian.lake.parks@dnr.state.oh.us

Online Reservations

Camping Facilities:

  • 405 electric sites
  • 35 electric premium sites
  • 12 full hook-up sites
  • Heated shower houses, flush toilets, laundry facility and camp commissary
  • A beach, boat ramp and boat docks are provided for exclusive camper use
  • Camping sites are pet friendly
  • Seasonal naturalist program, playgrounds, basketball and volleyball, and bicycle and boat rental
  • Games and sporting equipment are available to registered campers at the camp office
  • Group camp area may be reserved for groups up to 60 people by advanced registration
  • 20 boat camping spaces are also available (these site do not accomodate tents)

Hiking and Bicycle Trails:

The Cherokee Trail is a three mile easy walk through brushy habitat.
Campers can access the Cherokee Trail behind the playground in A-area.
All other hikers should access the trail south of the water tower that is located near the campgound entrance on St. Rt. 235. Parking is available on the right as you enter the campgound. The trail runs west and south to a lake channel near the Lucy’s Pond area of Indian Lake. White tail deer, muskrat, fox squirrel, rabbit, salamanders, a variety of reptiles, and numerous wildflowers are found along the trail.

Trail Highlights

  • The first section features brushy primary growth habitat.Take a side trip to the Wildlife Observation Blind.This section of the trail winds through a secondary growth forest.A break area on a scenic lake channel.
  • One of the oldest Swamp Cottonwood trees on record in Ohio. The trail loops back through a wooded wetland area.

The Pew Island Trail offers a spectacular view as it encircles Pew Island.

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A special thank you to Renee Yaeger for the Pew Island photo.

A paved walk way and Bike Trail begins at either Old Field Beach or Paradise Island. From the Park headquarters, follow SR 235 south until reaching Old Field Beach. To begin at Paradise Island, follow SR 235 south to SR 366 west. This 2.5 mile trail (one way) was designed for both the cyclist and the recreatinal walker. It parallels the shoreline of Indian Lake . Highlights include stops at Paradise Island, Lakeview Harbor, and Old Field Beach. Park benches are located along the path. The entire length of the trail offers outstanding views of Indian Lake including a panoramic view of the Lake at the Old Field Beach area. Bicycle riders, roller bladers, and Joggers also use the walk way. No motorised vehicles are permitted on the bike path.

Activities:

Ring of Fire

This event dates back to 1961 and is one of Indian Lake’s oldest traditions. Flares are lighted around the perimeter of the lake at precisely 9:00 PM. on the Sunday before Labor Day. If you own waterfront property you are invited to share in this ceremony. The flares display a red glow that dots the lake. State Park areas are lighted by volunteers from Indian Lake High School. The Ring of Fire ceremony is an activity marking the end of the summer season and the start of the Autumn season.. The idea for the Ring of Fire originated with the manager of the Old Indian Lake Amusement Park. The Seneca Indians from New York State would light bonfires around the shore of the lake to celebrate a bountiful harvest.

Maple Syrup Festival

This fun winter time annual festival is held the third weekend in March. A pancake and sausage breakfast is served at the Indian Lake State Park campground commissary. Nearly 2500 pancakes are flipped during the course of this two day event. About 210 pounds of pancake batter, 300 pounds of sausage and 21 gallons of maple syrup are used. Wagon rides through the park to the tapping area and to the Sugar Shack are part of this special event. The process by which sap is transformed into true maple syrup is demonstrated in the Sugar Shack.

Early pioneers used to save the sap in hollowed out logs as pictured in the photo but today buckets of sap are poured into an evaporator and brought to seven degrees above the boiling point, at which time water escapes leaving the sweet maple syrup in its purest form. The process could take one to four hours and some make up to eight gallons an hour depending on “how hard you push the process.” It takes 45-50 gallons of sap to produce just one gallon of syrup. After the syrup is extracted, it is graded by color and clarity then bottled for sale by producers. Syrup that is mass-produced has water added to make it affordable to all consumers. However, if you want pure maple syrup, one gallon will cost about $35.00. The weather plays a part in sap production. A good sap run requires cold nights and moderate days. Maple trees at Indian Lake State Park do not supply enough sap for the festival. Maple syrup is imported from farms in other areas of Ohio. Our Events Calendar will provide details about this festival when it is scheduled.

Halloween Campout at Indian Lake State Park

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Winter Fun

The lake is famous for its winter recreation including snowmobiling, ice fishing, cross-country skiing, ice skating, and ice sailing. Indian Lake is located only a few miles west of Mad River Mountain ski resort.

Nature Center

Nature Activities
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Naturalist: Troy Shively

The Indian Lake State Park Nature Center Programs are sponsored jointly by the Indian Lake Watershed Project and OSU Extension-Logan County .

Sailing:

Sailing is a popular sport at Indian Lake because of the ease of launching in the large open areas of the lake. Visitors can watch the Sunday morning regatta from the shores or from their boats.

State Park Campgrounds:

There are 405 electric campsites suitable for tents or trailers. There are 35 electric premium sites and 12 full hook-up sites. Heated shower houses, flush toilets, laundry facilities, and camp commissary are available. Twenty boat camping spaces and 3 cabin units are also available. Cabin units are available from early May through October 31 each yeart. There are also several new group sites offered. Group camp area may be reserved for groups up to 60 people by advanced registration. Cabins and group camping reservations can be made through the park office or online. Click here To see the map of campground facilities. The campgrounds are open year around. From November 1st to April 1st electric is available only in A area. Porta johns are also available. Water can be obtained from the pump house during the November through April season.

Indian Lake offers visitors hunting, fishing, and picnicking opportunities as well. Picnickers may choose from a number of shaded areas equipped with tables and grills.A beach, boat ramp and boat docks are provided for exclusive camper use. The campgrounds are pet friendly.. Games and sporting equipment are available to registered campers at the camp office. Five shelters are available and may be reserved by calling 1-886-644-6727 or click here to reserve shelters online. Large mouth bass, saugeye, white bass, crappie, bluegill, walleye, yellow perch, and catfish are plentiful here.

Camper Cabins

Reservations for Cabins: 1-866-644-6727

A step above a tent, a camper cabin is a hard-sided structure that sits on a wooden platform with a locking front door. Cabins will sleep 4 adults on 2 futon beds and 1 set of twin-size bunk beds. All offer 2 – 110 outlets, air conditioner, microwave, small refrigerator, table w/2 chairs, ceiling fan w/light, sky lights, storage pod, gas grill w/tanks, sheltered picnic table and fire ring.

There are no water facilities in the camper cabins. Restrooms, shower and laundry facilities are nearby.

Pets are prohibited in the camper cabins.

Camper Cabin D64:

  • Hard sided structure that sits on a wooden platform with a locking front door
    Offers a lakefront view
  • Sleeps up to 4 adults on 2 futon beds and 1 set of twin-size bunk beds
  • Amenities include 2 100-amp electric outlets, A/C, heat, microwave, small refridgerator, gas & charcoal grills, ceiling fan with light, skylight, 2 chairs & table inside and covered picnic table outside, fire extinguisher, broom & dust pan, waste basket, and storage pod

Camper Cabin C6:

  • Hard sided structure that sits on a wooden platform with a locking front door
  • Sleeps up to 4 adults on 2 futon beds and 1 set of twin-size bunk beds
  • Amenities include 2 interior 100-amp electric outlets and 1 electric outlet outside, A/C, microwave, small refridgerator, gas & charcoal grills, ceiling fan with light, skylight, 2 chairs & table inside and covered picnic table outside, fire extinguisher, broom & dust pan, waste basket, and storage pod
  • Heaters are not permitted in this unit

Camper Cabin C7:

  • Hard sided structure that sits on a wooden platform with a locking front door
  • Sleeps up to 4 adults on 1 full-size futon bed and 1 set of twin-size bunk beds
  • Amenities include 2 interior 110-amp electric outlets and 1 electric outlet outside, A/C, heat, microwave, small refridgerator, gas & charcoal grills, ceiling fan with light, skylight, 2 chairs & table inside and covered picnic table outside, fire extinguisher, broom & dust pan, waste basket, storage pod, and fire ring

NOTE:
Check in 4:00 PM     Check out 11:00 AM

$50.00 per night. First night’s non-refundable deposit is required to hold cabin. Pets prohibited. GBC discount of 10% per night is accepted only at time reservation is made. Heaters are prohibited. Keys will only be released to name on reservation. Smoking prohibited.

A minimum stay of two nights is required on the weekends (Fri & Sat or Sat & Sun)
Bring bed linens, cookware, personal toiletries.

Contact us
by email: indian.lake.parks@dnr.state.oh.us