Enjoy camping, boating, fishing, swimming and wonderful new friendships at beautiful Indian Lake.
INDIAN LAKE STATE PARK

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

Welcome to
Indian Lake State Park!




Camping Facilities

Activities
Harvest Festival Nature CenterMaple Syrup FestivalRing of Fire Halloween Campout Future Park Plans Winter Fun

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  

  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.Walk, bike, roller blade path along lake shoreline
          Tree Donation

The State Park has a tree donation program at Indian Lake. Many community donations have been made. Each tree has an adjacent plaque recognizing loved ones, community leaders, and civic organizations. The trees and plaques can be seen along the walking path. Contact the park office for more information about the tree donation program.




Sailing

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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.



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.




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.
   

 

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.The bulletin board web page will provide details about this festival when it is scheduled. Click here

Sugar Bush Video click here



Indian Lake Wild Life

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State Park Campgrounds
Campground Map - Fees - Online Reservations

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. To see the fee schedule for 2010 Click here. 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. A limited number of pet camping sites are available. Games and sporting equipment are available to registered campers at the camp office. Five shelters may be reserved by calling the park office. Large mouth bass, saugeye, white bass, crappie, bluegill, walleye, yellow perch, and catfish are plentiful here.


Camping Resources and Fees
Online Reservations
All sites have electricity
View campground map here

Site ChoiceWeekdays
In Season
April 1st - Oct. 31st
Weekends
In season

1st Friday after Memorial Day
thru
Last Saturday before Labor Day
Summer
Holidays
Regular Site $24.00$25.00 $26.00
Premium Site $26.00$27.00 $28.00
Full Service Site $34.00 $35.00 $36.00
Camper Cabin - 2- 5 - Person Cabins$50/night
Shelterhouse reservation $58.25
Parking Passes
Car pass for visitors, extra vehicles $3/daily
Dock fees - Due by May 1st (Owners of uncovered docks/boats/waterfront)
   0-1 structure - 1 boat$75.00
   2-6 boats - per boat $50.00
Dock fees - Due by May 1st (Owners of covered docks/boats/waterfront)
   0-1 structure - 1 boat$85.00
   2-6 boats - per boat $70.00
Dock fees - Due by May 1st (Private docks built on state land)
   0-1 structure - 1 boat $105.00
   Each additional structure/boat/platform $80.00
State dock fees - must be re-newed in the month of March
  Blackhawk - per season  $475.00
  Moundwood - per season $475.00
  Chippewa - (8' wide or more)$475.00
State dock fee Golden Buckeye discount 10%
Available for campers only
Boat RentalPrice by HourPrice by Day
Boat Type
Canoe$7.00$25.00
Rowboat$7.00$25.00
Paddle boat $7.00$25.00
Kayak - Single$7.00$25.00
Kayak - Double$7.00$25.00
Hydro Boat $7.00$25.00
Bike Rental Price by Hour
Bike TypeDescription
BicycleRegular Bike$4.00
Fun Cycle/Side by Side Bikes3-wheel$7.00
X-Citer Bike4-wheel$7.00
 
RecreationFacilitiesQuantity
ResourceLand, acres800
.Water, acres5800
Day-Use ActivitiesFishingyes
.Huntingyes
.Hiking Trail, miles8.2
.Picnickingyes
.Picnic Shelter, #5
.Swimming Beach, feet1400
.Summer Nature Programsyes
.Nature Centeryes
BoatingBoating LimitsUNL
.Seasonal Dock Rental, #510
.Launch Ramps, #4
Winter RecreationSnowmobilingyes
.Ice Skatingyes
.Cross-Country Skiingyes
.Ice Fishingyes
.Ice Boatingyes
Camping  
.Campsites with Elec.457
.Campsites with full service
13
.Pet Areayes
.Campground Beachyes
.Showersyes
.Flush Toiletsyes
.Dump Stationyes
.Camp Commissaryyes
.Group Camp areas7
.Camper Cabin, #2

 



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 - Location
    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 - Location
    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 - Location
    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

  • 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.
    Check in time is 3:00 pm Check out time is 2:00 pm.
    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
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