James Lake is a 4 1/2 acre lake that drains an 85 acre area west of the village. The water enters James Lake through 3 private lakes.
The lake was a gift to the village from the Don and Mary Ringler family and is called James Lake in honor of James Ringler. There are five lakes located in the village of Bailey Lakes.
The waters of James Lake drain into Mud Lake to the north. Mud Lake also receives water from Spring Lake, located South of the village. The outflow of Mud Lake feeds into the headwaters of the Vermilion River and eventually into Lake Erie.
The Village of Bailey Lakes is located about a mile North of the continental divide. Water north of the ridge flows to Lake Erie. Water south of the divide flows to the Ohio River.
It is believed that this area was a meeting point for Indians. Tribes from Lake Erie and point north would travel the Vermilion River and tribes from the south would use the Black Fork River and Orange Creek.
A dugout canoe was unearthed on the shoreline of Mud Lake about 1980 while dredging was being done. The canoe was donated by the Ringler family to the Cleveland
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & Archaeology • Native Americans • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1980.
Location. 40° 56.733′ N, 82° 21.567′ W. Marker is in Bailey Lake, Ohio, in Ashland County. Marker is on Main Street (U.S. 250) just south of Center Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 863 Main St, Ashland OH 44805, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lemmel Lighthouse (here, next to this marker); Fire Triangle (approx. 1.4 miles away); Rev. John Haney (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Original Bandstand (approx. 1.4 miles away); Savannah Academy Bell (approx. 1.4 miles away); Nankin Veterans Memorial (approx. 4˝ miles away); a different marker also named Nankin Veterans Memorial (approx. 4˝ miles away); This German Cannon (approx. 4˝ miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on February 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 6, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 201 times since then and 79 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 6, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.