Would you swim in Indian Lake?

Would you swim in Indian Lake?

Created by Wovoka on May 25, 2009

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Yes, it's clean

Noway, it's nasty

if I was drunk

on a double dog dare

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Since: Sep 08

Cleveland, TN

#1 May 25, 2009
No way in hell! I wouldn't even put my feet in there! Yuck! Gross!!! It stinks! If I can't see thru it I'm not getting in it!
no laker

Greenville, SC

#2 May 25, 2009
I was on Fox Island once - if you can call it an island. As I was walking in the water, my foot bumped into something. It was shallow enough that I could reach down and pick it up. It was the bottom of a broken beer bottle with the jagged edge pointing up. When I did go in that sewer, I would always keep my head above the water, but that bottle was the last straw.
diggardening

Salt Lake City, UT

#3 May 25, 2009
I use to when we owned a water-front up there a couple of years ago. The grand-kids always wanted me to float around with them and play on the floating trampoline. It is dirty and I always wondered what was laying on the bottom. NEVER put my feet on the bottom. Just the thought made me cringe. The kids always skied and tubed. Played from sunup to sundown and past. Loved sitting on our dock watching the water and waiting for the sun to set. Very relaxing and peaceful. Loved living on the open water. But, it IS dirty. The pool is MUCH nicer to swim in. Never hesitate to put my feet down now.
Dilligaf

Galena, OH

#4 May 26, 2009
How many years since you all been at the lake?

Get off the computer and drive on up and take a look yourself.

It's getting clearer. Can almost see 2' down. With a 6' avg depth and mud bottom,she'll never be crystal clear. If she was crystal clear,then it'd be a disaster for the area. Most of the area folk don't realize how Indian Lake is one of the top Saugeye lakes in the country.Introduction of the saugeye saved this lake.

In fact,I'm on my way up again this morning to tear up some delicious Saugeye!
Big Sid

Greenville, SC

#5 May 26, 2009
wake up folks!

that was the "old" Indian Lake
twenty years of hard work has changed the water quality immensely

why not keep your mouth shut until you know the facts

“What we think, we become.”

Since: May 09

under a cabbage

#6 May 26, 2009
Big Sid wrote:
wake up folks!
that was the "old" Indian Lake
twenty years of hard work has changed the water quality immensely
why not keep your mouth shut until you know the facts
agreed! It is a nice lake. And we are so lucky to have it. And Kiser Lake is a jewel.

Since: Feb 09

Belle Center

#7 May 26, 2009
I know that last summer me,my husband and 2 children took our boat out and went skiing and tubing.
The next day all 4 of us was so sick and had to go to the doctor.Both my children also had ear infections. My doctor told us to STAY OUT of Indian Lake, We had picked up bacteria from the water.
diggardening

Thornville, OH

#8 May 26, 2009
Big Sid wrote:
wake up folks!
that was the "old" Indian Lake
twenty years of hard work has changed the water quality immensely
why not keep your mouth shut until you know the facts
What are you getting so bent for? We owned and lived on an open waterfront until two years ago. Looked at it everyday. I think I have my facts straight. It is dirty! I loved it, but it is in no way a clean lake yet. We also use to suffer from fevers and ear infections at times from being in the water. It does have great fishing though. We use to sit and watch junk float by all the time. Had to watch for stumps constantly, so we wouldn't ruin our prop while boating. Just a fact of a man-made lake. We did enjoy it, but again, it is dirty. It's a mud bottom lake with run off from surrounding farms. What do you expect? Everyone has their preference of what they want to swim in. Chill, it's just an opinion poll.
lost

Morgan Hill, CA

#9 May 26, 2009
i get in and cool off. i never go under.
Dilligaf

Galena, OH

#10 May 26, 2009
A beautiful morning at the lake and 7 nice saugeye to fry up!!! Also a nice,very fat 11" yellow perch and 7 channelcats between 2-4 pounds each.I still wouldn't want to swim in it.Maybe wade around?

Now if you're talking about a lake not to set foot in,that's gotta be Grand Lake St Mary's. The news had a report about it last week,but I didn't catch it. Fishing reports on other websites say the fish is inedible there. Fillet them out and the meat is mushy and smells bad.Even the walleyes through the ice. ODNR had no clue about it,but there is some sort of huge hog or chicken farm on the north side.That'd be my 1st guess as the culprit!!!!!!!!!!

BTW: I keep pulling up more weeds in the main lake while I saugeye troll. Lake is getting clearer which is creating more vegetation. 10-20 yrs from now,they may have to mow it like they do at Rice Lake in Ontario.
Michael Myers

Cleveland, TN

#11 May 26, 2009
Dilligaf wrote:
A beautiful morning at the lake and 7 nice saugeye to fry up!!! Also a nice,very fat 11" yellow perch and 7 channelcats between 2-4 pounds each.I still wouldn't want to swim in it.Maybe wade around?
Now if you're talking about a lake not to set foot in,that's gotta be Grand Lake St Mary's. The news had a report about it last week,but I didn't catch it. Fishing reports on other websites say the fish is inedible there. Fillet them out and the meat is mushy and smells bad.Even the walleyes through the ice. ODNR had no clue about it,but there is some sort of huge hog or chicken farm on the north side.That'd be my 1st guess as the culprit!!!!!!!!!!
BTW: I keep pulling up more weeds in the main lake while I saugeye troll. Lake is getting clearer which is creating more vegetation. 10-20 yrs from now,they may have to mow it like they do at Rice Lake in Ontario.
A little over the limit on both the saugeye and catfish werent you?

http://www.ohiodnr.com/wildlife/dow/regulatio...
tired

Cincinnati, OH

#12 May 26, 2009
There is a article about Grand Lake St. Marys
on Lima.com . It definitely has more problems!
Check it out!
tired

Cincinnati, OH

#13 May 26, 2009
Sorry I posted the wrong link...
LimaOhio.com
I love the lake

Cleveland, TN

#14 May 26, 2009
The Lake's water quality has much improved over the years. It has a mud bottom, so of course it is not clear. Kudos to the Indian Lake Watershed project for improving our lake's quality. I agree with an earlier poster - if you want to see what happens when you don't have a project like this, then visit Grand Lake St. Mary's. My kids spend many days in the lake each summer and have no health problems.

http://www.co.logan.oh.us/ILWP/index.htm
keet02

United States

#15 May 27, 2009
Ok, anyone saying Indian Lake is not dirty is nuts. There are still some old cottages flushing their toilets into that lake and If you are a real fisherman you would know that the fish out of Indian Lake taste like crap compared to the fish from deeper cleaner inland lakes in Ohio. The only reason people go fishing there is because the state of Ohio stocks so many saugeye into that lake that you would have to be (for lack of a better word) an idiot to not eventually catch one.
Carter

Marion, OH

#16 May 27, 2009
Indian Lake is great to boat and fish on.. and it is breathtaking to see... but to swim in.. eh.. not for me..
Hazel

Urbana, OH

#17 May 27, 2009
I didn't know the lake was so freaking shallow. I have skied in that lake but I wouldn't now. I understand it is VERY shallow in spots.
PeaceLoveJoy

Tipp City, OH

#18 May 27, 2009
I grew up at Indian Lake and loved it! The water was a pretty blue green color and I could swim with my eyes open. As an adult, I have went there many times with our children. Once, at Fox Island, I have seen human feces go floating by and a dead dog bobbing up in down in the water. My son also had ear infections from swimming in the water. It was called "swimmer's ear" and the doctor said it was from all the bacteria in the water. We still venture down there from time to time, but, sparingly.
Whatever

Mooresville, IN

#19 May 28, 2009
I got swimmers ear swimming in a chlorinated pool........so what does that tell you?

Since: Feb 09

Belle Center

#20 May 28, 2009
That you need to add more chlorine...

My children have only had ear infections 1 time in their life and that was last year swimming at the Lake. We have a 2 acre pond that they swim in regularly and my parents have an inground pool. never have any of us gotten sick like we did swimming at the lake.
I have grew up at IL my whole life.Went to IL school.I know after 34 years,that IL is NOT clean.

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