The History of the North Cottage and Indian Lake, Ohio.
The North Cottage was built sometime in the 1940s by local craftsman all of whom were far from noteworthy.
The cottage has been a summer weekend retreat for the Timmerman family for decades. The cottage is the perfect escape from hot Ohio summers, with a pool and cool breeze right outside the front door.
Indian Lake is so named because of the many tribes that lived in the region. They found the area to be ideal for fishing and hunting. It was originally a group of small lakes and wetlands, but in the 1850s, it was turned into the 6,334 acre reservoir.
Since its early years, Bass were the prize catch for fishermen, with Bluegill and Crappies also in great numbers. The lake is stocked with Saugeye, for which it has been nationally recognized. Several major fishing tournaments are held each year, with local Bass clubs holding weekly contests.
The lake is a year round destination. Ice fishing and snowmobling have grown in popularity. Snowmobiles gather outside the lake-front restaurants as their owners stop for a beverage with their burgers and wings.
Our vacation rental is located on Orchard Island.
Indian Lake has numerous islands, including the "Indian Isles" chain that arcs through the center of the lake. There are expansive wildlife areas accessible by a network of channels, inlets and bays, and approximately 30 miles of shoreline. The actual lake, and adjoining Oldfield Beach (the end point of a several mile, lake-front biking/walking trail), Moundwood and Lakeview Harbor boat ramps, marinas at Moundwood and at Cherokee Campgrounds, and other greenspaces including Pew Island, are managed by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources as part of the Ohio state park system.