The Indian Lake Development Corporation hosted its annual Dredge Day Friday afternoon in the Indian Lake State Park Campgrounds Multipurpose Building.
About 150 local residents attended the event, which is described as a day of recreation, entertainment, discussion, good food, and exchange of ideas.
Indian Lake State Park Acting Manager George Sholtis (pictured left) served as the emcee.
Other featured speakers included State Senator Dave Burke, Chief of State Parks and Deputy Director of the Division of Watercraft Glen Cobb (pictured right), Dredge Supervisor Tom Grabow, Logan County Commissioner John Bayliss, Logan County Solid Waste Coordinator Alan Hale, Indian Lake Watershed Director Vicki Boots, Indian Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Pam Miller, and ILDC President Dave Leiter.
Sholtis praised the state park staff for their work during a very busy season at the campground and the many improvements made to the buildings and grounds.
Listen to his comments.
Sholtis led the dedication of the multipurpose building. Late volunteers Robert "Red" Williams and Merrill Geyer were remembered with a rock (pictured) placed in front of the building.
Glen Cobb said Indian Lake is a gem and a model for the rest of the state. He said the campground is the second most popular venue in the state, only trailing East Harbor in Port Clinton near Lake Erie.
Cobb said http://www.tripleblaze.com/ ranks Indian Lake as one of the top parks in the country.
Listen to him recap Dredge Day and detail the lake's popularity.
Cobb said the partnerships between the community and the state park have resulted in many improvements to Indian Lake and the park. Examples included the dredge operation over the last 25 years, private funds entirely paying for a new weed harvester, and the countless hours put in by park volunteers.
Alan Hale said the Solid Waste District is working on bringing a recycling center to the north side of Indian Lake. The center will serve residents and visitors in Chippewa, Long Island, and Avondale. County officials are still working on finding a location. The new site will be the 15th recycling center in our county. Hale said Logan County will be a zero waste county by 2020.
County Commissioner John Bayliss announced the new director of the Logan County Water Pollution Control District. Chris Clark of Sidney has succeeded recently retired Garis Pugh.
Vicki Boots discussed the improvements of the watershed project since the mid 80s. The amount of siltation has been reduced from 80,000 tons per year to 15,000 tons annually.