Preserving Lake History in Action

A new project has begun!. An inspired group of Indian Lake Area Historical Society volunteers started on the clean up and preservation of the historic Native American Indian Mound near Dunn's Pond. This mound was built by the historic Hopewell Indian tribe. Volunteers have been cutting down unwanted trees, removing fence posts, rails, and brush and debris. If you want to join in on the project contact John Coleman. Always looking for extra help. Indian Mound

New Books Published

We are pleased to announce two new books available for sale - 

A View from the East Side by Chick Heithaus and The Hopewell of Indian Lake by Sean R. Heights.


When you become a member of the Indian Lake Area Historical Society, you are supporting our efforts to preserve, protect, and share our rich heritage. Lifetime membership is now available for $300. Interested in volunteering? Complete those areas on the membership form and if you've already paid, please indicate that on the form.

If you have old pictures, newspaper articles, or stories about the history of the lake, we'd love to hear from you. We hope you enjoy looking through the pictures, new and old of Indian Lake.

Photo Gallery

​​​Indian Lake Area Historical Society

Orchard Island
Post Office Rededication Video

​Sunday, July 10, 2016 ​

video by ​Amanda Dunlap


Calendar of Events

  • June 15 - Trustee's Meeting - 5:30 pm
  • July 14 - Trustee's Meeting - 5:30 pm
  • August 

New Indian Lake Area Historical Society Museum Now Open

Please come and visit our newly established Indian Lake Area Historical Society Museum.  It is located next to the Subway Restaurant in Russells Point, Ohio just off of U.S. Route 33.  It is open on Saturdays from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm until Labor Day Weekend of 2019. Read more about the museum and how you can help it grow.  

  • June 15 - Trustee Meeting At Museum 5:30 
  • July 14 - Trustee Meeting At Museum 5:30
  • August 
  • August 24 - General Meeting At Galilee Lutheran - Speakers Don Berlin and John Coleman - "A Walk Through Russells Point and the Amusement Park"
  • June 15 - Trustee Meting At Museum 5:30 
  • June 22 - General Meeting at the Post Office -Note: change of location 

ILAHS Receives Chamber's Beautification Award

The Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce Beautification Award was given to the Indian Lake Historical Society at the annual meeting on December 12, 2017.. ILAHS Member Charlie Strete accepted the award on their behalf. Strete and many other volunteers refurbished a 1912 post office on an island near Russells Point. The lobby and working section of the post office duplicate what the building was like in the early 1900s. ODNR accepted a request to rename the area Post Office Island.

2020 Christmas Ornament​
  • June 14 - Trustee's Meeting - 5:30 pm
  • July 15 - Trustee's Meeting - 5:30 pm
  • August 18 - Trustee's Meeting - 5:30 pm
  • August 24 - General Membership Meeting at Galilee Lutheran Church - 7:00 pm. Speakers are Don Berlin and John Coleman - "A Walk through Russells Point and the Amusement Park"
  • September 22 - General Membership Meeting at Galilee Lutheran Church - 7:00 pm. Speaker TBA 

The Indian Lake Rollarena has been chosen for this year's fundraiser. They can be purchased for $20 at the Gift Shop or call Charlie Strete at


Plaques are set at the Park
​Visit the Sandy Beach Bridge Park to view the new plaques and learn about the rich history of Indian Lake.

We have many commemorative items for sale, a few of which are featured below. Visit the Gift Shop to see all the items. By clicking on the Order Here logo above, you can download an order form.

John Coleman Receives Check for the ILAHS from the Ohio History Connection
"Indian Lake Area Historical Society, Russells Point, received a grant for $2,849 for the society's "Collections Storage Project." Undertaken by an all-volunteer organization with professionally-trained help, the project will rehouse and provide archive-quality storage for the society's paper collections. These include newspapers, photographs, color slides, paper ephemera, and brochures.  The grant will also purchase specialized equipment needed to control light levels in collections space, as well as new display case. Overall, this project will result in more careful collections care and the better preservation of items vital to make it possible for the society to share its collection and inspire stories of the community.