LOGAN COUNTY – Think you’ve seen it all at Indian Lake? Every time I’m there I seem to discover something new or different. It’s endless the discoveries and new adventures that you will encounter once you really start exploring the lake area.
Get yourself on “Lake Time” and get that “Lake Attitude.” Take a road trip up to the lake and start exploring and having some fun. Here are five hidden treasures at Indian Lake that you may have not yet discovered.
The Pew Island Hiking Trail
I’d been to Indian Lake many times before discovering this hidden gem. The wooded one mile island loop features a boardwalk, picnic tables, wetlands and many spectacular views of the lake. The trail is located just down the road from Cranberry’s Resort on State Route 368 at the Cranetown Pew Island picnic and ramp area.
Fox Island Beach
Old Field Beach is a well-known favorite at Indian Lake, but there is a lesser-known smaller beach located on Fox Island across from Spend-a-Day Marina just off state Route 708 that is worth checking out. This beautifully-curved, quaint, scenic beach is not as crowded as Old Field Beach and well worth venturing off the beatin’ path to see.
View from atop Sandy Beach Bridge
Most lake-goers are now well aware of the recently-restored historic walking bridge overtop Russells Point Harbor, but the view at the top is still an undiscovered gem for many. I’ve talked to countless lake-goers who have seen the bridge but have not yet ventured to the top to check out its incredible views.
The Ole Coot & Crow Museum & Trading Post
You’ve probably driven down Route 366 past the spillway a hundred times like me and passed this place without knowing it. It’s well worth stopping in, you’ll find vintage Indian Lake amusement park relics, photos, and memorabilia in this most unusual place.
Our Lady of Fatima Statue
If you’re an Indian Lake roadtripper or land-rover and not a boater then you may have never seen or even heard of this hidden gem. Erected in 1964, this statue of the “Our Lady” stands 40 ft tall and faces the interior of the lake at the entrance of the Russells Point Harbor, so only boaters typically have a good view of this gem. From land it can be seen if standing at the top of the newly restored Sandy Beach walking bridge or by looking in the southern direction from the Indian Lake Yacht club parking lot.
Ron Brohm is a regular contributor to this newspaper.