Indian Lake News


Road Construction Plans for 2016
ODOT Deputy Director Chevalley outlined plans for road construction set for this summer. Route 68 will be resurfaced north of Bellefontaine and in West Liberty. Route 33 will be resurfaced from the east side of Russells Point to Huntsville. Bridge work is planned on 33 near Bellefontaine. The projects will cost nearly $4 million. Chevalley welcomed the mild winter. To date, ODOT has used 2,100 tons of salt in Logan County. Last year, 5,100 tons of salt was applied during the same time period.

ODNR 2016 Improvements at Indian Lake
ODNR Director Miller said the state allocated $88.5 million to capital improvements in the state park system. There have been many improvements at Indian Lake State Park. Miller touted the new shower house at the state park campground. 30 new campsites have “full service” water and sewer hookups. The restrooms around the launch ramps have been upgraded. Finally, the spillway will be replaced this year. The project will cost between 8-10 million dollars. Construction will start late summer or early fall.

Indian Lake to receive more wind turbines from wind farm developer
Over the past eight months, wind developer, EverPower has been meeting to hear the concerns of citizens and landowners in the Indian Lake area, where the company plans to construct its Scioto Ridge Wind Farm.

“We have agreed to remove a significant amount of turbines,” announced Chris Shears, Chief Development Officer for EverPower. “This will make for a more compact project. We are now focused on moving to construction by the end of 2016.” This project will now consist of up to 107 turbines.

EverPower is a fast growing developer, owner, and operator of utility scale wind projects in the US. EverPower is owned by Terra Firma. Terra Firma is one of Europe’s leading private equity firms. They create value for their stakeholders by acquiring, transforming and selling asset-backed businesses.

Don Eggenschwiller, president of Logan Hardin County Neighbors United says “With the support of the Indian Lake community, including residents, businesses, and elected officials, the board members labored many hours to protect the tranquil beauty of this treasure, which belongs to all Ohio residents.”

Call Don if you have any concerns.(937) 843-3253

Mad Rriver Mountain Very Popular Ski Run

15 full-time employees
Over 550 seasonal employees
Over 200 Ski Patrol volunteers
Annual payroll of over $1.7 million
Employee age range of 15 to 85 plus
Over 180,000 skier visits
Over 30,000 tuber visits
6,000 plus in a single day
20,000 plus new ski and boarder lessons per season
Adaptive Snow Sports Program
Snow making:
130 plus snow guns
Five 200 horsepower water pumps
Over 700,000 gallons per minute capacity
Over 100 million gallons of water pumped a year
1.5 million kilowatts of electric used a year
School clubs, season passes, and groups:
40 different school clubs
The biggest school has more than 450 kids
Up to 15 buses a night
Over 5,000 season pass holders
The new lodge will be ready for the season

Article by Bill Tipple

Hotel Update
A presentation was given on a proposed new development at Indian Lake by Ron Becker of R.E. Becker Builders of Wapakoneta and Patrick Beam, a landscape architect with Bassett Associates of Lima.
The proposed development would include a new hotel, marina, walking trails, nature area, and a 5 acre pond for kayaking.
A major portion of the funding (65%) for the proposed development would be provided by a Clean Ohio Fund Grant, while the remaining funding (35%) would come locally, of which Becker said he would cover most of the cost.
Council will decide whether they approve of the development or not at their next meeting on Monday, November 2nd at 7:00 pm.
By Jeff Kelly. WPKO

2015 Indian Lake Progress Report from the 32nd annual Dredge Day event
One of the reasons for Indian Lake’s uniqueness is the partnership that exist between the private and public sector. Indian Lake provides an example for the rest of the state. The Indian Lake Development Corporation has been working to keep the lake clean for over 20 years now. It is an effort that has made the lake a showcase for the rest of the state. “Tthank a farmer” for keeping phosphorous out of the lake as is shown through studies of the microcystin levels in the lake water. The microcystin levels of Grand Lake this summer was 78 parts per billion, while the level in Indian Lake was .082 parts per billion. Health officials say contaminated water can start to pose a risk at 20 parts per billion.

The lake’s usage has been up about 20 percent this year, which is partially due to issues at other large inland lakes in Ohio.

Dredging efforts on Indian Lake has been very challenging this season because of mechanical breakdowns.

Commissioner Wickersham detailed efforts to improve storm water issues in Russells Point. He said the Indian Lake Water Pollution Control District is working hard to alleviate the problems following a hard rain. Wickersham decussed how the flood plain map done by local engineers is much different than the FEMA map. The county is awaiting a response from federal officials.

Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks’ Brian Miller reported the $8 million spillway project in Russells Point is in the design process right now. A contractor should be selected early next year. The project is scheduled for completion in 2017. It’s funded through the state’s capital budget.

Senator Faber made a major announcement. He said state lawmakers will craft another capital budget in early 2016. Millions of those dollars will go towards state park improvements across Ohio. He expects Indian Lake to receive additional funding.

Excerpts from a report by Bill Tipple for WPKO

Fire destroys Mad River Mountai ski lodge
A structure fire destroyed the ski lodge at Mad River Mountain, 1000 Snow Valley Road, Zanesfield, Wednesday night September 16, 2015 around 7:25. Firefighters from Logan, Union, Champaign, and Hardin counties responded to the large blaze. Fifteen fire departments had the fire to “The Loft” contained by 10 p.m. No one was injured. Mad River Mountain opened in 1962. There are 20 ski trails and 240 instructors.
Report by Bill Tipple WPKO

New Walking Trail at Indian Lake
Rich Rudolph and architect Patrick Beam of Bassett Associates of Lima lead the inaugural walk Saturday morning following the grand opening of the John and Mary Rudolph Nature Area as part of the 52-acre Indian Lake-Great Miami Open Space Project. The $500,000 project began in 2011 with village officials seeking state funding for a 2-mile walking track on a 52.5 acre field south and east of Lincoln Boulevard, donated to the village by the John Rudolph family, a value of some $470,000. Additionally, a special project was added at the request of Mrs. Rudolph, who provided a private grant for additional trail along the river, as well as a canoe/kayak launch area, to allow greater use and appreciation of the riverscape. The trail is open daily from dawn to dusk. The trail head is located behind Aunt Millies restaurant in Russells Point.

Indian Lake Watershed Alert

The Indian Lake Watershed project has been a vital part of Indian Lake for 25 years and has kept the waters one of the cleanest waters in the State of Ohio. Over the years the State has helped by funding the project but those funds have ran out. The Watershed Project has asked the State to continue funding the project and to appropriate $125,000.00 into this years budget. The House of Representatives version of the budget passed and was sent on to the Senate with a line item in it for the Indian Lake Watershed funding appropriation. Next week, June 17th, the Senate will be releasing their version of the FY2016 Ohio biennium budget. It has been suggested that we have a phone call campaign to Senator Faber’s office in support of the Indian Lake Watershed Project. You probably will not talk to Faber himself but to his aide. If he gets enough phone calls he will know that we care and see that this appropriation needs to be funded. We are trying to get the state to be proactive and fund a project that is working to keep the waters of Indian Lake clean rather than being reactive and correct the problem . Please call Senator Fabers office at 614-466-7584 and ask them to keep the waters of Indian Lake clean and not let happen to us, what has happened to so many other lakes in the State of Ohio. If the watershed does not get this appropriation it may not be here much longer and we need to stay clean to help each and every one of our businesses and our community to survive. Please take 2 minutes of your time to place this call and for even more pressure, send an email to Senator Faber’s office, attention Brad Bales, Senior Legislative Aide/Special Assistant – I will be asking Senator Faber to back the continued funding of the Indian Lake, Watershed Program to support economic development in Logan County.

The Senate needs to reward communities that take a proactive and responsible approach to the stewardship of our natural resources. The Watersheds actions over the past 20 years have saved the state huge dollars when compared to other neighboring resort communities.

Spillway to be replaced

At the Annual Indian Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Legislative Luncheon held February 13, 2015, Deputy Chief of Ohio State Parks, Scott Fletcher, said there will be several capital improvement projects around Indian Lake over the next year.

  • The spillway will be replaced this year.
  • At Indian Lake State Park, 30 campsites will be “full service” with water and sewer hookups.
  • Shower house facilities will be replaced at the state park campground.

Fletcher said dredging will continue around Moundwood this year.
Excerpts from Bill Tipple, WPKO

Spillway Testing including Lake Loramie State Park

spillway-rehabilitation-odnrBarr & Prevost provided the subsurface investigation to collect data necessary to determine the overall condition and specific deficiencies of the dams. To meet the requirements of the Indian Lake Dam subsurface investigation, our drill rig was loaded on a barge and transported to the middle of the dam to obtain borings. The goal of this investigation was to determine if ODNR should repair or replace the 160-year-old spillway. Barr & Prevost completed an aggregate twenty-nine borings, totaling 1,000 LF for both projects. The drilling footage was essentially distributed equally between the two dam sites. Each site included borings on pavement, borings in unpaved areas and borings in the water, which ranged between 30 to 40 feet below present grades. Additionally Barr & Prevost conducted Moisture Content Testing of the soils and concrete coring and testing of 54 concrete cores of various structure units at each dam site. A final geotechnical soils report was submitted in addition to a concrete structural and petrographic analysis.

Shawnee Indian Tribe looking to develop land at Indian Lake
Indian lake residents could be sliding down indoor water slides or swiping their credit cards at a mall at Indian Lake in the near future as one American Indian tribe has land it’s looking to develop.

The potential development is being looked at by the Eastern Shawnee tribe which occupied land in Ohio in the 1800s and now resides in Oklahoma.

In 2011 the tribe purchased 50 acres a few miles from the lake on State Route 235 and is looking for community support to develop it.

The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs has asked it for proof of support.

The tribe announced in a press release it wants to develop a “family-style resort project.” Chief Glenna J. Wallace was more vague in what the tribe has planned. She said, “It’s quite possible we would be interested in a resort and a waterpark.

The more we think about Ohio, those are ideas that appeal to us.

According to advocate and historian Jim Calim the new development could bring an estimated $164 million into the region. The tribe, which runs several businesses in Oklahoma, wants to reclaim the 50 acres of historical land in Ohio to develop the land. If and when it gets the support, the next step is getting the land recognized as “Restricted Indian Country” so it can develop it, according to the Ohio Reservation Development corporation, an organization hired by the tribe to represent it.
Excerpts from WPKO

October 13, 2014 marks the first marriage on Sandy Beach Bridge since renovation
A local couple entered into marriage atop the Sandy Beach Bridge in Russells Point Friday night. Randall Thompson and Britnie Swearengin of Bellefontaine are the first couple to exchange vows on the restored bridge. Mayor Robin Reames officiated the ceremony. The Reed Family and the Indian Lake Historical Society played a huge role in the event. The bridge restoration project culminated with a dedication ceremony on August 23rd.
By Bill Tipple WPKO

Common Core – Find out more
A meeting will be held September 25th in the main auditorium on the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center campus at 7:00 PM. Presenters will be Robert Lucky and Joel Knouff . Mr. Lucky is a former candidate for an Ohio House seat and a conservative political activist and Mr. Knouff is the current president of the Hardin / Houston Board of Education. Mr. Knouff will talk about the challenges that Common Core poses for teachers and school boards. He will also address the cost to school districts for Common Core implementation and the adverse impact on students when teachers must teach to a test. Mr. Lucky plans to speak about some of the other ways that common core will negatively impact our children’s futures. He will also inform us about the progress of an ongoing petition drive to lobby our State Representatives to repeal common core. The question to be addressed is: “Do you know how much your school district has spent on implementing Common Core?”

Newest Dredge Machine “The Chief”
Deputy Director of ODNR Division of Parks Gary Obermiller and Statewide Dredge/Construction Administrator Tom Grabow, touted the new dredge. “The Chief” arrived earlier this year. The $900,000 machine was docked at Moundwood for the 31st annual Dredge Day Friday afternoon.

Obermiller said dredging will focus on making Indian Lake easier to navigate. Grabow said dredge crews will focus on tributary channels first, then clean the main body of water. The dredging in tributaries will include sediment traps. He said the new machine should be able to dredge 100,000 cubic yards per year. The Chief has already dredged 10,501 cubic yards over the last month. The new dredge is the result of State Senator Keith Faber and State Representative John Adams spearheading a line item change in the state budget last year. Obermiller also thanked Governor Kasich for allocating $88.5 million for park improvements.
Excerpted from WPKO website written By Bill Tipple.

In Memory of James E. Duff – 11/2/1932 to 9/16/2014
James E. Duff, 81, of Huntsville, OH; a man of nearly perfect health for all of his life, lost his battle to a rare and aggressive form of lymphoma on September 16, 2014 while at Logan Acres Care Center, Bellefontaine, OH.

James was born on November, 2, 1932, son of the late Elder and Clare Hayes Duff of Lakeview, Ohio.

He is survived by his wife Sandy, two sons, Scott (Diane) Duff and Dave (Renee) Duff, four grandchildren, Jason Duff, Ross (Paige) Duff, Ashley (Jeremy) Sloan, and Lauren Duff and one great grandchild, Taylor Duff.

Mr. Duff was a 1950 graduate of Jackson Center High School and is recognized by many as a humble, self-taught industrialist and entrepreneur.

His true hobby and passion has been work. A career dedicated to improving his family, businesses and community. Up until recently, Jim often arrived at work before 6:00AM and didn’t leave till after 6 daily.

His entrepreneurial career began at 10 years old selling candy bars and popcorn in his father’s (Elder Duff’s) theatre. He was very proud of the fact that the Elder remained open and recently completed a crowd funding campaign to move to a digital projector.

The Duff family businesses started with very humble means. They operated two dump trucks and began hauling stone to area farms, homes, and businesses from a leased sand and gravel pit in Westminster, Ohio in the late 40s and 50s.

Duff and his father also hauled stone from Western Ohio Stone located near Huntsville until the quarry closed because it had exhausted all of its mineral deposits. Seeing this as an opportunity, Duff and his father were able to get a loan written on a napkin by an investor in Jackson Center allowing them to purchase the adjoining farm across from West Ohio Stone and they immediately began digging. Hitting solid rock, Duff and his father began operating C. E. Duff and Son, Inc. in 1956, which is now known as Duff Quarry.

Jim has two sons, Scott and Dave Duff. Each son has had a clear effort in expanding the family business and improving its products and services. Scott Duff operates and now serves as President to Ohio Ready Mix, Inc. a regional supplier of ready mix concrete. Dave Duff is owner of Mr. Concrete, Inc. supplying brick and concrete block. Together with grandsons Jason and Ross, and grandson-in-law, Jeremy operate these businesses and Ohio Lumber & Building Supply today.

The Duff companies began with few employees and over the years the company has grown because of Duff’s visionary leadership, now employing more than 50 people today. The late Duff credited his success as a reflection of the success of the company as a whole, every team member down to the person operating the loader. His attention to detail and caring for his employees is one of his many attributes that his sons and grandsons are committed to continuing today. By providing fair wages and generous benefits, many Duff employees have been with the company for more than 40 years. Several employees are also multi-generational, meaning that both father and son have worked at the operation.

Jim was very proud of the operation which has been featured in many trade journals and industry magazines. In 2009, the quarry was featured in Rock Products & Pit and Quarry Magazine as having one of the most advanced crushing operations in the US.

Jim Duff has had a very active hand in developing and improving the Indian Lake area.

He is credited for founding the Indian Lake Industrial Park which include World Class Plastics and West Ohio Tool and was also instrumental in the site selection process for the Transportation Research Center in East Liberty, Ohio.

He also was the vision behind the creation of Indian Meadows, one of the largest residential subdivisions at Indian Lake and recently his support for the revitalization of the Sandy Beach Bridge.

Many of his achievements include sitting on the Board of Directors for Ohio Ready Mix Concrete Association, Board of Directors for Ohio Aggregates & Industrial Minerals Association, Board of Directors Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce, and Alumnus of the Year – Jackson Center High School, 2007.

Duff leaves a legacy strongly rooted in improving the quality of life in his community his legacy and passion lives on in his family. His son, Dave, and grandson, Ross, have started a new premier waterfront development at Indian Lake – Longview Cove.

His grandson, Jason, has been credited with many of the restoration efforts in downtown Lakeview and downtown Bellefontaine – collectively renovating and redeveloping more than 18 buildings including projects like Six Hundred Downtown, The Marketplace, The Historic Canby Building, Chops and Hops Brewhaus, and The Canterbury Building.

Pastor Bryan Meadows will begin funeral services 2:00 pm, Sunday, September 21, 2014 at Huntsville United Methodist Church, 6611 Fruit Street, Huntsville, OH 43324. Visitation is from 2-8 pm, Friday, September 19, 2014 at Huntsville Event Center, 6886 Wishart Street, Huntsville and one hour prior to services at the church.

Memorial contribution may be given in Mr. Duff’s name to Huntsville United Methodist Church, PO Box 235, Huntsville, OH 43324, Huntsville Presbyterian Church, PO Box 254, Huntsville, OH 43324 or Herbert J. Block Tournament, OSUCC-James Development Office, PO Box 183112, Columbus, OH 43218-3112.

Services are in the care of Shoffstall Funeral Home, Lakeview. Condolences may be expressed at
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Case Against Wind Turbines
For the approximately 75 people that braved the stormy weather, Monday night at the Friendly Senior Center was an opportunity to hear the Logan-Hardin Neighbor’s United’s strong case against using wind turbines as a supplemental energy source.

The organization was started in September of 2013 by residents in the Belle Center and Indian Lake area. They grew and became a non-profit corporation earlier this year.

President Michael Shepherd identified that the overall goal for he and his members is to stop the creation of the wind turbines. They have enjoyed some success so far. They worked with other groups around the state to get some state legislation changed.

Second, they are passionate about educating the public about the problems of wind turbines. He stressed that they are more than just a bunch of people that don’t want them in their backyard.

Shepherd thinks wind turbines will increase energy rates, infringe on property owners’ ability to enjoy where they live. He thinks that many will be built too close to where people live. He doesn’t like how many will be built around Indian Lake. Finally, tax dollars will be misused.

Shepherd is especially concerned with how close to homes the wind turbines can be built. They cause “shadow flicker”, are noisy and aren’t failsafe.

Tom Stacy, an advocate for affordable energy, explained that wind turbine usage will actually increase energy bills for tax payers. If wind turbines create energy, other energy creators must cut back their production. In order to cover their costs, they must submit a rate case to PUCO. By law, taxpayers must assist energy companies if they can not meet expenses.

Wind turbine companies, according to Stacy, can’t make any money without government assistance. Typically, turbines barely make enough to cover their production costs.

The supposed income that schools receive from turbines is misleading. If a district, for example, receives $200,000, the state will decrease that amount in foundation money to the district. Hence, there isn’t any advantage to district’s that have the turbines.

Recent state legislation has decreased the potential subsidy amount available. Stacy is unsure whether the legislation will prevent wind turbine companies with their installation plans.

Mechanical engineer Phillip Morse called wind turbines “lackluster supplemental energy sources”. Morse explained that turbines are not built in areas that maximize wind. Transporting the energy created is often not cost effective.

Morse explained that the turbines are not efficient. Running at 25% efficiency would be “good”. Turbines, according to Morse, run, one the average, at about a 6% efficiency rate.

The only reasons that Shepherd thinks anybody would in favor of using wind turbines is the potential income earned from having one on their property and not understanding all the factors involved.

Finally, studies indicate that property values decrease if the land is near a wind turbine.
By Mike Vetorino Bellefontaine Radio

Indian Lake Campground is 2nd most popular in the State
ODNR Deputy Director Cobb said Indian Lake is a gem and a model for the rest of the state. He said the campground is the second most popular venue in the state, only trailing East Harbor in Port Clinton near Lake Erie. Cobb said the capital budget is expected to provide funds for park upgrades. The money could possibly be earmarked for shower and bathroom upgrades at Indian Lake. The capital budget should be finalized in the next few weeks.

Wind Turbine Meeting – Feb. 11, 2014
“The meeting room was packed out and a good number of very well prepared speakers from all over our County made their viewpoints known in very clear terms. It was exciting to see our political system actually working as it should. In my opinion it was a great meeting and it ended with what I think was a honest promise to hold a public hearing on the wind project prior to the commissioners taking action to approve a pilot project or approve the funds to move forward with the project in Logan County. I wish you all could have been there to see freedom of speech in action.”
Jim Burkholder

Commissioners Dustin Wickersham, Tony Core and John Baylis verbatim:
Our office has received a number of comments regarding the proposed Scioto Wind Project. We wanted the opportunity to clarify misunderstandings and the involvement our office has regarding the proposed wind development. The Logan County Commissioners do not have the authority to grant or deny any wind project. The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) reviews all proposed wind development projects and has the sole authority to grant or deny any wind development project. If the project is approved by the OPSB, the wind development company may choose to apply to the Director of the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) for a payment in lieu of taxes. The Director of Development is required to forward a copy of that application to the Board of County Commissioners of each county in which the project is located and to each taxing unit in the affected area. The Board of Commissioners, upon receiving a copy of an application from ODSA, has a period of 30 days in which to adopt a resolution to approve or reject the application. The board may request a longer period of time to review the application at the discretion of the Director of Development. If after the allowed time period the Board of County Commissioners has taken no action, the request for the payment in lieu of taxes is denied. To date, the Scioto Wind project has been submitted to OPSB and the wind developer is waiting for OPSB’s final decision. It is our understanding that the developer plans to apply to ODSA for a payment in lieu of taxes, if the project is approved by the OPSB. We have not granted or approved any payment in lieu of taxes for any wind turbine project. In fact, no request for tax exemption or payment in lieu of taxes has been filed with us. If and when we receive a copy of the application from the ODSA, we will seek input from other local taxing entities including townships and school districts. Our office will plan to hold a public meeting, where we will hear public input about the proposed payment in lieu of taxes. Even if we do receive an application for payment in lieu of taxes and it is denied, the wind developer would still be able to build the wind turbines. It may be less likely, but by no means does it prevent the wind turbines from being built. There are Logan County citizens on both sides of this issue. We are always willing to meet and listen to citizen concerns. Our office can be contacted via email at or phone 937-599-7283.
Thank you, Logan County Commissioners

Jim Reed of Spend A Day Marina receives the Rupp Leadership Award
The Richard J. Rupp Leadership Award was presented to Jim Reed. Reed and his family own Spend-A-Day Marina at Indian Lake. The business was founded by Reed’s parents in 1950. Reed has served our community in many ways. He was the first president of the Indian Lake Development Corporation. He has also served as an Indian Lake Area Chamber of Commerce board member. Reed spearheads the fundraising for the annual fireworks display at Old Field Beach. The Reeds are also longtime members of the Indian Lake Watershed Project and were honored as Watershed Business of the Year in 1997 & 2002. Currently, Jim is chairperson of the Sandy Beach Bridge Project through the Indian Lake Historical Society. His dedication and passion for Logan County reflect the meaning of the Rupp Award.
Artical by Bill Tipple WPKO Bellefontaine

Indian Lake Historical Society celebrates 10 Years
The Indian Lake Area Historical Society held its annual picnic to celebrate its 10th anniversary at the East-base of the Sandy Beach Bridge Monday. The organization held the event at the bridge to promote its renovation project. The group has been working with the Bill Reed family to bring to life his dream of having the bridge renovated so people could walk across it again. The society is looking to raise $225,000 to renovate the bridge (pictured right) that used to connect the two sides of an amusement park that used to be on the property. The cost of the project will cover construction, landscaping, and maintenance. The group has raised about $100,000 towards the project. An anonymous donor has offered to match any $20 or more donation, up to a total of $20,000 through Labor Day. For more information on the project and how to donate check out or The society wants to start construction as soon as possible. Jean Duning comments on the evening and the bridge renovation process. The group reflected on its ten year history by looking back at some of its accomplishment and remembering those who have served as past officers and trustees. The historical society was founded in 2003 and then the group moved the Orchard Island Post Office to the Dredge Island between Orchard Island and Wolf Island. The society also published an over 140-page book with pictures and narratives of Indian Lake’s history. Among the former members recognized were the original eight founders of the society: Isabelle Wicker Pusey, Karen Beasley, Marjorie Underwood Brundage, Charles DeMarsh, Al Frantz, Karen Fultz, Patricia Landis, and Robert MacDonald. Other recognized former members were: Sue Pitts, Mary Ellen Cheney, Joel Perry, Ron Duning, Judy Maxwell, Marion Sherer, Tom Richardson, Perry Hodies, Gene Rice, Ralph Krouskop, Dave Bohla, Jean Duning, Pat MacDonald, Dave Leiter, Chris Morris, Celia Lange, Don Berlin, John Coleman, and Jean Singhoffer. The Mad River Valley Dulcimer Society provided entertainment during the picnic. The Indian Lake Area Historical Society meets on the fourth Monday of the month at the Galilee Lutheran Church, 301 Lincoln Boulevard, Russells Point. The meetings usually have a speaker talking about the history of Indian Lake from their perspective.
WPKO By Nate Dunham

New Weed Report
Dana Oleskiewicz is the Program Director for Citizen Lake Awareness and Monitoring and is part of the Ohio Lake Management Society. She explained, “Harmful Algal blooms are actually caused by a type of bacteria and are not algae. Only a few types, under the right curcumstances, are toxic.”

Bodies of water at highest risk include those with nutrient problems, lakes high in phosphorous, low water levels, and calm and warm water.

Blue-green algae thrives off of phosphorous, a chemical widely used in crop farming. The heavy use of the substance for fertilizer in recent years has made agricultural operations one of the major contributing factors to the harmful algae across Ohio.

Vicky Boots is the Executive Director of the Indian Lake Watershed Project. She noted the difference between Grand Lake St. Mary’s and Indian Lake.“We have had so much cooperation from our agricultural producers out in the watershed. They got on board first hand back in 1990 when the watershed project was formed,”

Local farmers were willing to change their practices and take part in environmentally friendly projects. These include no-till crop farming, installation of buffer strips to prevent chemical-heavy runoff, and many others.Oleskiewicz also added that the continuous replenishing of Indian Lake from a freshwater source is another contributing factor for the lack of an algal bloom. Boots and representatives from the Ohio Lake Management Society revealed a plan to test Indian Lake on a biweekly basis starting in July. A member of the Indian Lake Council volunteered and was trained to collect samples from the lake to be sent to a lab in order to identify the risk of the water. Through continued vigilance and community awareness, the Indian Lake Watershed Project hopes to make enough of a difference in the surrounding community to prevent Indian Lake from falling into a fate similar to that of Grand Lake St. Mary. For more information about Harmful Algal Blooms, go to
Information from Joel Penhorwood WPKO

Refurbished Dredge Back
According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the equipment is scheduled to address sediment issues at Pew Island channels, Pew Island Bay, Barnes Creek and Moundwood Channel. Built in 1964, the dredge was renovated by ODNR’s Division of Parks and Recreation. Refurbishment included removal of the dredge from the lake, complete disassembly, installation of a new steel hull and a rebuilt engine, fabrication of a new swing ladder, repair of the hydraulic and gear equipment as well as exterior sand blasting and a new paint job. Other duties ahead for the equipment include dredge material relocation construction projects, installing and maintaining the state park’s seawall, installing and repairing state docks, and weed harvesting, stump removal and other ongoing debris removal projects.
Bellefontain Examiner

Deceased Ash Trees Removed from Indian Lake
After the non-native Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was discovered at some Ohio State Parks in western Ohio, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Forestry and Ohio State Parks formed a partnership to remove the affected ash trees. “The Division of Forestry brings a level of expertise to this project that allows these infested trees to be removed safely, quickly and in a cost-effective way from these state parks,” said ODNR Deputy Director Glen Cobb. “While it is disappointing to lose the ash trees, their removal is necessary to protect the safety of our visitors, which is our biggest priority.”

According to Gregg Maxfield, ODNR northern district forest manager, approximately 700-800 ash trees will be removed from Grand Lake St. Marys State Park, Indian Lake State Park and Lake Loramie State Park.

The ODNR Division of Forestry started working on removing trees from Indian Lake State Park on Dec. 11 before starting at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park. According to Maxfield, the tree removal at Grand Lake St. Marys and Lake Loramie will be completed, weather-permitting, by the end of this week. He anticipates removal of the trees from the three state parks will be finished by early January. The leftover wood from the trees is free to any individual at each of the three state parks in designated areas from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. seven days a week. All interested individuals should contact the park offices for more information. It is recommended that firewood from the ash trees be burned locally by April. The park managers for the three state parks are encouraging people to participate in the Adopt-a-Tree program or donate a tree to replace the ash trees that will be removed. People interested in adopting a tree, giving a financial gift or donating a tree may contact the individual park offices for more information.
Story by Scott Stockdale WPKO

Local and state officials explore Indian Lake hotel and marina
By Bill Tipple WPKO
Several local and state leaders met at the Indian Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Thursday afternoon to learn more about a proposed hotel and marina. If approved, the facility would be built on the south edge of the lake near the intersection of State Route 366 and Township Road 239 (west of Russells Point). The hotel would be 65-75 rooms along with an 86-dock marina. RE Becker Builders in Wapakoneta owns the property. Ron, Camille, and K.C. Becker were joined by Logan County Commissioner Dustin Wickersham, Indian Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Pam Miller, chamber board members, Russells Point Mayor Robin Reames, the Indian Lake Watershed, ODNR officials Frank Giannola, George Sholtis, and Glenn Cobb, State Representative Dorothy Pelanda, and State Senator Dave Burke explored the proposed development. The issue was first discussed several years ago. After the Ohio Department of Natural Resources lost interest in a hotel at Indian Lake, Sandra Brasington, liaison to Governor Kasich, worked with ODNR legislative liaison Ben Pendery to rekindle interest in the development. No definitive action was taken Thursday. State officials viewed the site on 366. They hope to have an answer in the next few weeks.

Indian Lake has a new weed harvestor machine thanks to the Watershed group and all who donated .
During the past twenty years the sediment flowing into Indian Lake has been reduced from 80,000 tons per year to 15,000 tons per year. The Citizens Lake Awareness Monitoring (CLAM) volunteers) who monitor for water clarity reported this past year readings of 52 inches with a 12 inch average for the 2010 season. As a result of these improvements the lake has seen the influx of weed growth – clearer water, better light penetration, more light – results in more weeds. With the purchase of the weed harvester from local funds, the Indian Lake area can maintain the lake through the summer recreation season, keeping the lake free and clear of sediment and weeds. This will continue to make Indian Lake a prime tourist attraction and will promote commerce at Indian Lake. From the chamber newsletter.
During the past twenty years the sediment flowing into Indian Lake has been reduced from 80,000 tons per year to 15,000 tons per year. The Citizens Lake Awareness Monitoring (CLAM) volunteers) who monitor for water clarity reported this past year readings of 52 inches with a 12 inch average for the 2010 season. As a result of these improvements the lake has seen the influx of weed growth – clearer water, better light penetration, more light – results in more weeds.
With the purchase of the weed harvester from local funds, the Indian Lake area can maintain the lake through the summer recreation season, keeping the lake free and clear of sediment and weeds. This will continue to make Indian Lake a prime tourist attraction and will promote commerce at Indian Lake. From the chamber newsletter.