“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Russells Point in Logan County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Indian Lake State Park

Lewistown Reservoir

Indian Lake State Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, August 12, 2020
1. Indian Lake State Park Marker
From Canal to Recreation Destination
The Great Miami River is sourced by the waters of Indian Lake. The original spillway forming the reservoir was completed in 1860. After numerous repairs to the aging dam, in 2018, a new 700-foot labyrinth weir spillway was constructed to replace the old dam.

The Great Miami River and Indian Lake were instrumental in providing water supply to the Miami-Erie Canal, which was first constructed in 1825. It was in operation until 1906, when the canal was abandoned.

Indian Lake became a popular resort area at the turn of the century due to its central location on the Toledo and Ohio Central Steamline and the Ohio Electric Railway. At one time, Indian Lake was known as the "Midwest’s Million Dollar Playground." To this day, the more than 5,000 acre lake and 800 acre state park remains a popular destination for water-related recreation. Visitors can boat, fish, swim and camp at this noteworthy, man-made lake.

Lewistown Reservoir
Started in the 1850s and completed in 1860, laborers constructed the $340,000 "Lewistown Reservoir" project, turning several
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small lakes into the second largest man-made lake in the world, second only to Ohio’s Grand Lake St. Marys. Indian Lake held that distinction until 1941, when the Grand Coulee Dam in Washington was completed, and is now considered a relatively small lake at 5,000 acres. The reservoir was renamed "Indian Lake" and established as a public park by the General Assembly in 1898.
Erected 2019 by Ohio Department of Natural Resourses Indian Lake Area Historical Society Northwest Power and Conservation Council.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceParks & Recreational AreasRailroads & StreetcarsWaterways & Vessels.
Location. 40° 28.074′ N, 83° 52.464′ W. Marker is near Russells Point, Ohio, in Logan County. Marker is at the intersection of Old Bank Road (Ohio Route 366) and McCalla Road (County Route 94), on the right when traveling west on Old Bank Road. marker is at east end of spillway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8322 OH-366, Russells Point OH 43348, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Indian Lake Spillway (a few steps from this marker); St. Mary of the Woods Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away); Rainbow Division Veterans Memorial
Indian Lake State Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, August 12, 2020
2. Indian Lake State Park Marker
(approx. 0.9 miles away); Indian Lake Veterans Memorial (approx. one mile away); Sandy Beach Bridge (approx. 1.1 miles away); Sandy Beach and the Big Band Era (approx. 1.1 miles away); Boats of Indian Lake (approx. 1.1 miles away); Interurban Transportation (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Russells Point.
Additional keywords. Miami and Erie Canal
Credits. This page was last revised on November 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 6, 2020, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 238 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 6, 2020, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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