State parks director promotes Indian Lake projects in local stop

Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director Jim Zehringer made a stop at Indian Lake State Park on Thursday afternoon to open a new swimming pool at the campground and promote a number of other projects made possible by support from the governor and state Legislature.

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Youths break through a red ribbon and splash into the water during the official opening of the pool at the Indian Lake State Park Campground on Thursday afternoon. Public officials who held the ribbon are, from left, at left: Logan County Commissioner John Bayliss and Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director Jim Zehringer; and from right: Mike Bailey, chief of the ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft, Indian Lake State Park Manager George Sholtis, and State Sen. Cliff Hite, R-Findlay. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)



“This is a great improvement for Indian Lake, which has the second biggest campground in any of our state parks,” Zehringer said, after a ribbon-cutting ceremony in which a group of eager youngsters tore through the ceremonial red tape and leapt into the cool blue water.

The pool is a fully accessible zero-entry pool with depths not exceeding four feet, the director said. It is heated and the concrete patio area includes lounge chairs, umbrellas and tables. There is also a shower facility specifically for the pool.

But the pool is only one example of the projects made possible by Gov. John Kasich and state legislators like Sen. Cliff Hite and Rep. Keith Faber, who were instrumental in helping secure funding for Indian Lake, Zehringer said.


In addition to the pool itself, 30 new full-service hookup sites were added at the campground; a new showerhouse was installed for campers; and the commissary building is undergoing improvements that will be completed later this summer.

“We hope these updates will encourage even more people to make the trip to this great park, and I’m excited to see how these facilities improve the experiences of our visitors,” he said.

He also took a moment to briefly highlight other major projects at Indian Lake, including the $7.6 million spillway replacement that is on target for a spring 2018 completion. Construction crews at the site east of Russells Point were busy Thursday pouring the vertical S-shaped labyrinth concrete structures that will hold back the water along the western portion of the 700-foot spillway.

“We’ve been doing that work without affecting the recreational opportunities at the lake,” the director noted.


Complete story and more photos in Friday's Examiner
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