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Lakeview - Indian Lake State Park

12774 State Route 235 North

5,800-acre Indian Lake offers a variety of water-related recreational opportunities. Boating, fishing, skiing and camping are highlights of this 800-acre multi-use park.


Early American history tells of the Indian tribes who lived and hunted in this region. Because of its close proximity to the Miami River, Indian Lake became part of the Indian trade route linking the Ohio River to Lake Erie. Generations of native Americans followed this route and occupied villages in the vicinity. By the early 1800s, white settlers made their way here and the history books record many accounts of skirmishes and battles resulting from the conflict between the Indians and new settlers. The famous frontiersmen Daniel Boone and Simon Kenton were known to have traveled here.

Despite Indian Lake's popularity as a year-round recreational area, the lake was not originally constructed with that purpose in mind. In the early 1800s, the primary means of commercial transportation was the canal system. Old Indian Lake was built in 1851 as a feeder lake for the Miami and Erie Canal to maintain the required four-foot water depth.

Following the passage of a resolution by the Ohio General Assembly in 1850 to use Indian Lake as a water supply for the canal, a bulkhead was built in Washington Township where the Great Miami River began and covered 1,000 acres. The work began in 1851 and was not completed until 1860. The total cost up to that time was $340,000. Irish laborers performed the work with picks, shovels and carts. Ironically, use of the canal system was declining as work on Indian Lake was completed. In 1893, Indian Lake or Lewistown Reservoir as it was then called, spanned 6,334 acres with 29 miles of shoreline. On April 9, 1898, the Ohio General Assembly dedicated the lake as a recreation area by the name of Indian Lake.

Indian Lake became a popular resort area at the turn of the century due to its central location on the old Toledo and Ohio Central Steamline and the Ohio Electric Railway. At one time, Indian Lake was known as the "Midwest's Million Dollar Playground". In 1949, the old Department of Conservation was abolished and Indian Lake became part of the newly-created Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks and Recreation.


dale sullivan

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
I have been living at the Lake for 20 years. Best decision I could have made. Great Fishing most of the year. Close enough to anything you might need, but none of the hazzles. Would recommend Indian Lake over every Lake in Ohio. The Indian Lake Commerce and the Community have done a great job of protecting and improving all aspects of the region.

Nora Takacs

Saturday, April 21, 2018
I wish you would not have gotten rid of the dumpsters. Too much trash laying around in the public areas. Great experience other than that.

Joey Bulerin

Saturday, April 14, 2018
Great place to catch fish in spring , fall and winter! I always seem to have luck here.

Adam Cox

Friday, Feb. 23, 2018
Very very good for fishing picnics and camping and plenty areas to go but your best bet is the open waters there's very good fishing and plenty of space

Lexi Steele

Monday, April 23, 2018
Very pretty and relaxing! Can't wait to be on the boat this summer!

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