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ODNR Provides Weekly Update on Efforts to Combat Indian Lake Vegetation - September 20

LAKEVIEW, Ohio –The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is providing an update on the ongoing effort to combat the unprecedented aquatic vegetation growth that has impacted boating on Indian Lake.

Weekly updates from September 12-16 include: 

  • Harvesters removed 2,138 cubic yards of vegetation from the open zone, Paradise Island, and Governor’s Island.
  • ODNR-operated harvesters will continue to focus on removing floating masses of plants in the open zone, near beaches, and in the Chippewa Area. 
  • Scout dredge removed 5,960 cubic yards of sediment from channels near Indian Lake Shores.
  • Aqua Doc continues to monitor oxygen and nutrient levels near the herbicide application zone and elsewhere around the lake.
  • Residents are reminded that aquatic herbicide spraying may be conducted only by approved companies, including Aqua Doc and Aquatics Plus Pond Management. Unapproved herbicide treatment is illegal, and ODNR is prepared to take enforcement action against any person not complying with Ohio’s rules and regulations. Unapproved herbicide treatment can be reported to Indian.lake.parks@dnr.ohio.gov
  • The approved private aquatic vegetation harvesting companies are Burrey Aquatic Restoration and Shoreline Construction. 
  • Two aquatic vegetation drop-off sites are available for residents to deposit aquatic vegetation removed from private docks. Sites include the gravel pull-off parking lot by Moundwood Marina located off State Route 368 on the east side of Moundwood Boat Ramp Entrance and the helipad parking lot on the southeast corner (large parking lot located off State Route 366 near Artist Island, between Russells Point and the Spillway).

ODNR’s contractor, Aqua Doc, conducted an herbicide application on approximately 200 acres in the open zone near Old Field Beach on August 24 and 25. Buoys have been removed from the work zone and boaters are once again permitted to use the area.  ODNR and Aqua Doc will monitor vegetation die-off and take samples of the lake in the herbicide application area to monitor the oxygen and nutrient levels.

August 26 was the last day for Dredge It to operate the H420. The H420 operated nine weeks and harvested 9,779 cubic yards in total during the 2022 season.

Weekly plans, photos and videos, and operational reports of vegetation removal will be posted on the Indian Lake Aquatic Vegetation Management tab of ODNR's website and on the Indian Lake State Park Facebook page. Signage has been placed throughout the park providing direct links to vegetation removal information.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov