Established in 1983, ILDC (formerly Indian Lake Development Corporation) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to partner with the Indian Lake State Park manager on projects for the improvement of Indian Lake State Park.
Volunteers manage the organization and assist in fund raising projects that benefit Indian Lake State Park visitors and the Indian Lake area community.
ILDC hosts ILDC Day!, a day of Recreation, Entertainment, Discussion, Good food, and Exchange of ideas (formerly referred to as DREDGE event) picnic each September (CANCELLED for 2020). ILDC Day! allows our community leaders to interact with legislatures and state and local officials on an informal basis. ILDC uses ILDC Day! to showcase past accomplishments, explain current projects, and discuss what the needs are looking into the future. ILDC Day! and the ILDC partnership with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has resulted, in no small part, in the development of Old Field Beach, the bike path, modern restroom facilities, park land acquisitions, purchases of dredging equipment, shoreline protection and the formation of the Indian Lake Watershed Project.
In 1983, Indian Lake State Park manager, Dave Helgeson formed a state park advisory council comprised of community leaders. Indian Lake State Park had received very little capital funding for many years. It was time to begin work on its master plan and draw attention to the need for additional dredging. The purpose of the advisory council was to assist the park manager in informing the community and state and local officials of our needs. The advisory council soon became the Indian Lake Development Corporation, based loosely on a similar group at Grand Lake St. Marys. Although initially the main focus was on the development of facilities, the term Indian Lake Development Corporation was soon dropped for the acronym ILDC because ILDC was not strictly a “development” corporation. ILDC is also interested in preserving our natural areas and enhancing fishing, hunting and nature viewing opportunities. ILDC and the Indian Lake Watershed Project (ILWP) have become models for other state parks for successful partnerships.
ILDC is not an organization that simply looks for government to fund its projects. Through its major fundraising event, the annual Fall Arts and Crafts Festival, and membership fees ILDC has purchased picnic tables, park benches, playground equipment, law enforcement supplies, and much more. A multi-purpose building, that can be rented by the public constructed in the campground, was partially funded by ILDC. On June 10th, 2017, the dog park was dedicated at Old Field Beach, again compliments of ILDC. Our current projects include the installation of two shade structures at the beach in late 2018 and raising funds for a playground at Fox Island Beach.
We're always working to help make improvements!
Each Spring, ILDC sells maple syrup at the local pancake breakfast.
The sugar shack where demonstrations are done to show how sap from maple trees is boiled down into maple syrup.
One of the playgrounds purchased for the Indian Lake State Park. This one is located at Moundwood.
A walking trail through a low area near the campgrounds.
A playground provided at another area at Indian Lake State Park.
The annual D.R.E.D.G.E. event in September highlights each year's accomplishments at the Indian Lake State Park.
The spillway at Indian Lake. It is being replaced and is scheduled to be completed early 2018.
One of the modern restrooms at Indian Lake State Park.
Boats docked at the Russells Point Harbor.
A view of the Sandy Beach Bridge restoration dedication at Russells Point Harbor.
An early morning scene at Indian Lake.