What began as a shallow feeder lake for the Miami & Erie Canal in the 19th century, later turned into a popular resort park after the canal era ended in Ohio. Today, Indian Lake offers a variety of on-the-water recreational options including boating, fishing, jet skiing, and swimming. And, officials are dealing with an unprecedented vegetation growth on Indian Lake.
The Ohio DNR has three aquatic weed harvesters operating this year along with a transport barge to increase harvester efficiency and are also utilizing targeted chemical application to mitigate nuisance vegetation.
From May 31st to June 3rd, 2022 the harvesters had removed 1,349.5 cubic yards of vegetation. Harvesting efforts began in early May and the program has cut and removed 6377.75 cubic yards of aquatic vegetation.