Russells Point Harbor – Yesterday and Today
For those of us who grew up spending our weekends at “the Point”, it was glorious. For people from around the Indian Lake Area Russells Point had it all. There was an amusement park, rides, games, and an amazing wooden roller coaster. The fun house amused the children and the adults loved the games. We saw the Glen Miller Orchestra and many other bands at the dance hall. Many people loved the Chris Craft boats that dotted the harbor and provided a “speedboat ride” or a sunset cruise. If you had your own speed boat and could “cruise” the harbor, that was the best. From 1929 to the 1970’s, children, grandchildren, and great grand childen and their parents enjoyed “the Point”. Thanks to the Reed Family and many businesses and contributors, we can once again enjoy the bridge over the harbor and the nice park on each side.
Indian Lake Spillway and Levee Update
The Indian Lake spillway is scheduled for replacement this fall. Designs are being completed now and should be in the hands of the State soon. Construction is scheduled to begin this fall and end next spring. The 100 year old spillway will be replaced with a newer design and the existing 4,000 foot levee will be stabilized. During heavy rains there is some water seepage near the parking lot where the helioport is located near Russells Point. According to the State of Ohio WEB site soundings have been made to determine the stability of the spillway and levee. Several trees were cut down and bushes we removed from the levee, they weaken the soil and provide paths for water seepage.
The 700 foot one hundred year old spillway will be replaced by an accordion labyrinth style spillway similar to those being used in the western United States. The design allows more water to move over the dam in heavy rains which is more efficient in maintaining the level of the lake. The 4000 foot levee is seeping water and will be stabilized, the levee extends from the spillway to Russells Point under Route 366.
Levee Between Russells Point and Oldfied Beach Enhanced Years Ago
Many will remember back in the 1960’s when the road bed under Route 366 from Russells Point to Oldfield Beach also served as the levee for the west side of Indian Lake. When driving a car on old Route 366 you could see the lake on one side of the car and large ditch with cottages on the other side of the car. Many property owners along old Route 366 had docks on the lake and bridges across the ditch. In the 1970’s and 1980’s the state mounted a large dredging operation and increased the width of the levee on the west side of the lake by adding land to the lake side of the levee. Public parking areas were added along with a toilet facility between Lakeview and Russells Point and another between Lakeview and Oldfield Beach.
In the photo below the red line adjacent to the road designates the width of the old levee. The land inside the red lines show amount of land that was added to increase the width and saftey of the levee. The levee is protected state property and maintained by the state to insure the integrity of the levee.
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There is no charge to list your business, club, event, or organization on this WEB site. Please go to http://www.indianlakearea.com/businesses/ and choose “Submit a Listing”. There is an option to create an acount and password so you can post information about your business. You may even upload pictures to be included in your listing. This is a great opportunity to provide thousands of visitors to the Indian Lake Area information about your business.
Decorated Picnic Tables
A local artist and college student is making the picnic dinners at Indian Lake Ohio much more colorful. Using quality picnic tables that were built locally the artist is decorating the tables with colorful images and local families are thrilled. From sports themes to tropical forest the tables will add color to your yard.
Raw wood picnic tables deteriorate quickly and they need to be painted. If you are a gifted artist and a college student raising money for tuition and books, decorating the tables is the perfect solution. She is selling the tables for $295.00 each and is willing to customize tables for the customer. Click here to see more tables. For more information call (937) 407-5596.
Indian Lake Has Fish
Noah Steed Catfish
Robert Miller 4.3 lb Bass
Earl Wisener 20 lb Catfish
Tiffany Kester 5.8 Saugeye
|Early season fishing has been good at Indian Lake. In addition to these larger catches many fisherman have been reporting good results around the lake. Good fishermen don’t usually give away their “sweet spots” and it is always a mystery where the big fish are caught.With an increased number of boaters who have migrated from Buckeye Lake and Lake St. Marys there appear to be more people fishing in the early tournaments. Pleasant weather has made spring fishing attractive and despite some light showers the weekend tournaments have been popular.|
No Wake Equals Idle – Ohio State Law
No person shall operate a vessel at greater than idle speed or create a wake within an area buoyed or marked as a “no wake” area.
Thousands of dollars of damage is caused to sea walls each year by boaters using excessive speed in “no wake” areas. This damage is the responsibility of individual property owners, not the State of Ohio. Excessive wakes near people fishing is extremely dangerous and very annoying. The lake is a shared resource for many types of recreation. Be considerate of your fellow boater.