Surf’s up at Indian Lake for Lima family


By Ron Brohm - Contributing Writer



Indian Lake’s “Grand Strand of Beaches” may be the best-kept secret in the inland lakes scene.

Indian Lake’s “Grand Strand of Beaches” may be the best-kept secret in the inland lakes scene.


John Munoz and his daughters Ava and Mia, from near Delphos, enjoy a little sun and the water on the beach at Indian Lake’s Old Field Beach.

John Munoz and his daughters Ava and Mia, from near Delphos, enjoy a little sun and the water on the beach at Indian Lake’s Old Field Beach.


LAKEVIEW — Hot sun provided by Mother Nature and clean water provided by the Indian Lake Watershed Project makes for near perfect beach conditions at Indian Lake.

Add in thick sand from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and waves from a combination of brisk winds and boats zooming by, and you’ve got something special — so special that visitors come from all over to enjoy the fantastic beaches at Indian Lake.

Just ask John Munoz and his daughters, Ava and Mia, from the Lima/Delphos area, they will tell you how great it is.

“We love this place. We heard about it and decided to come visit. We will definitely keep coming back; it’s only a 25-minute drive,” said Munoz.

“It’s really, really pretty here and I’m having a very nice day,” said his 8 year-old daughter Mia. “It’s fun here,” added Ava, who is 12.

The Munozes spent the day at Old Field Beach paddle boarding, kayaking and paddle surfing. They also picnicked on the beach for a nice father-daughters outing.

Munoz, who is a soccer coach, and well-traveled, is very accustomed to beaches and has surfed and paddled the coastal waves off the islands of Columbia.

“I used to surf all the time in my younger years,” said Munoz. “I would go the the islands to surf the big waves. Enjoying the beach here today brings back fond memories.”

Munoz was probably a little ahead of his time back then as the Columbia Pacific coast is just now being discovered by the professional surfing circuit as the final frontier of surfing and is considered the forbidden fruit of Latin America in surfing circles.

The beaches at Indian Lake are great for so many activities. You of course can swim and sunbathe. You can jog on the beach and play Frisbee or volleyball, too. Many spend the whole day on the beach, having picnics and even grilling.

Kayakers, paddle boarders, paddle surfers, pontoon boaters, sailboaters, power boaters and even surfers love the beaches at Indian Lake. Yes, you can get gnarly and catch a wave on a good day when the winds are good and the surf’s up.

The beaches are also great for kite surfing, kite flying and wind surfing. All of the beaches at Indian Lake have designated swimming areas. Most importantly, they are shark free, salt free and jellyfish free.

Indian Lake’s “Grand Strand of Beaches” unwrapped and revealed

Indian Lake State Park has some of the best inland lake beaches in the Midwest, and it’s probably the best kept secret of the State Parks system in Ohio.

Many are unaware of Indian Lake’s top-notch beaches, and it’s time they get their day in the sun. So let’s just go ahead and unwrap them, get the word out and even designate them as the “Indian Lake’s Grand Strand of Beaches.”

Old Field Beach

One of the premier inland beaches in the entire Midwest, the beach is a whopping 1,400 feet in length and has a beautiful slightly-curved Acapulco-style arch to it. It has very clean water, good sun, good sand, nice waves, good wind and a boat swim area also. Beautiful top-notch pavilions, picnic areas, playgrounds, clean rest rooms and a new dog park compliment the beach complex. Many organized festivals, concerts and parties occur on the beach every summer. There is plenty of parking and the beach is open to public with free admittance.

Fox Island Beach

This is a cool small beach on a beautiful little island. The beach is accessible by car via a causeway. Super clean water, great sun, good waves, good sand and good wind awaits you at this beach. This beautiful island setting with large picnic areas and shelters will surprise you with it’s Acapulco curved-style beach and its scenic rocky points. The beach is open to the public with free admittance.

State Park Campground Beach

This a good-sized beach with excellent wave action, good sun, sand, wind and super clean water.

Connected to the State Park Campground, this beach has access to the camp store, restrooms, playgrounds, boat docks and more. Camping or nominal access fees may apply.

Boat swim areas

There are six boat swim areas on the the lake — several on the north side of Red Oak Island, along Snow Island and Little Walnut Island, as well as boat swim areas at Old Field Beach and Fox Island Beach.

Save money, swim safer

If you want a good, clean, fun day at the beach with no sharks, then head up to Indian Lake to enjoy its Grand Strand of Beaches. You’ll have a great time and save a ton of money on the flight and hotel to Daytona that you won’t need to take.

Indian Lake’s “Grand Strand of Beaches” may be the best-kept secret in the inland lakes scene.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/07/web1_LakeMap.jpgIndian Lake’s “Grand Strand of Beaches” may be the best-kept secret in the inland lakes scene.
John Munoz and his daughters Ava and Mia, from near Delphos, enjoy a little sun and the water on the beach at Indian Lake’s Old Field Beach.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/07/web1_Munoz.jpgJohn Munoz and his daughters Ava and Mia, from near Delphos, enjoy a little sun and the water on the beach at Indian Lake’s Old Field Beach.

By Ron Brohm

Contributing Writer

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