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Description: 

Indian Lake is a Reservoir in Logan, Ohio.

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The Indian Lake region was originally a group of small kettle lakes and marshland formed along the Great Miami River when the last glacier receded across Ohio. A large wetland called the “Game Preserve” remains on the northeast corner of the lake today.

The primary purpose of constructing Indian Lake in 1851 was to supply water for part of the elaborate canal system in Ohio at that time. Old Indian Lake, a portion of the current lake, provided enough water for the Miami and Erie Canals to remain at a four-foot water depth.

The usefulness of the canal system was short lived due to expansion of railroads and canals were falling out of favor almost before the lake was finished. By 1898, the lake became known as Indian Lake and the purpose of the lake switched to recreation. In the early 1900s, Indian Lake became a popular destination due to its amusement park, abundant fish and wildlife, and good rail passenger service. By 1949, Indian Lake State Park became one of the additions to the new Department of Natural Resources.

Fishing Description: 

Indian Lake has populations of saugeye, largemouth bass, white and black crappie, bluegill, channel catfish, white bass, yellow perch, carp and bullheads. Saugeye fingerlings are stocked annually by the Division of Wildlife. Gizzard shad is the main forage species.

Fishing Tips, Tactics, How-To info: 

Indian Lake is one of the best lakes in Ohio for anglers seeking good numbers and sizes of saugeye. To catch saugeyes, try fishing the Moundwood or Lakeview area in late fall and early spring. In summer, try Old Indian Lake.

When seeking crappies, use minnows and jigs fished in areas with brushy cover. Largemouth bass tournament fishing is popular.

For white bass, try spinner baits in the canal feeders in May on the east end of the lake.

For channel catfish, use nightcrawlers fished on the bottom at night especially during the summer.

Facilities and Parks: 

The Division of Parks and Recreation operates and maintains parking lots, camping facilities, a Nature Center, two swimming beaches, a bike path and hiking trail, and picnic areas.

Camping: 

Indian Lake State Park
12774 State Route 235 N
Lakeview, OH 43331

Park Office: 937-843-2717
Camp Office: 937-843-3553
Reservations for Camping, Getaway Rentals & Shelters: 866-644-6727

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
A limited number of pet camping sites are available
Seasonal naturalist program, playgrounds, miniature golf, 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)

Gateway Rentals

3 Camper Cabins are available from early May through October 31 each year
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

Boat Ramp: 

The Division of Parks and Recreation operates and maintains boat launching ramps, boat docks, fishing piers.

Other: 

Note: There are currently no horsepower limits at Indian Lake; however limits and other boating regulations are subject to change. Boaters should contact the ODNR Division of Parks and Recreation for current information.

Address: 

Wildlife District One
1500 Dublin Road
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Telephone 614-644-3925

Directions to Lake: 

t is in Logan County, about 10 miles northwest of the city of Bellefontaine. It is accessible from State Routes 33, 708, 117, 366 and 235.

Name: 
Indian Lake
Waterbody type: 
Reservoir
County: 
Logan
State: 
Ohio
Country: 
United States
Standard elevation: 
385
Latitude: 
40.4952
Longitude: 
-83.8823