This is what can happen if you don't keep up on your RV roof maintenance. We'll inspect your RV roof for free at Fun N Sun RV, and if it needs maintenance or repairs, you won't find more friendly and quality service in the Indian Lake area. Stop in before summer is over to have your RV roof inspected for free!
Never been to our location on St. Rt. 366 in Russells Point? View the video below to see how easy we are to find.
We're just seconds past Indian Lake's spillway. And if you're looking to sell a car, truck, boat, RV, or any other item, stop in and talk to us about our prime location on a busy lakeside highway! We'd love to possibly buy your used vehicle or help you sell it with our prime real estate and large lot.
RV Fun N Sun offers consignment. Let us sell your RV, boat, camper or other vehicle. It's hassle-free, and we've got a great location, open 7 days a week with lots of traffic (less than 1/2 a mile down from the Indian Lake spillway on St. Rt. 366). There are no hidden fees or up front out-of-pocket expenses. We want to put money in your pocket!!! And we offer FREE storage and FREE advertising for any vehicle we're selling on consignment.
Give us a call at 937-843-2015 or stop in to see us today! And don't forget, we're a full-service RV dealership, so we also offer detailing and roof repairs to get your RV in the best of shape before selling. We're also well-known for having the best used TV's on the lake!
Boating Season is Finally Here! Have you seen this Mac McGinnis video shot from a bird's eye view at Indian Lake? We love it and can't wait to get out on the lake at RV Fun N Sun!
Stop by and see us if you need your boat detailed before taking it out for the first time in 2016!
As the weather turns warmer, the lot at Fun N Sun RV is filling up with fantastic deals on travel trailers, campers, 5th wheels, RV's, boats and more! The lot was filled for the crowds during the 60th Annual Indian Lake Boat Show, and we sold a lot of great units, but now we're reloading for the summer season at Indian Lake. Stop by soon or browse our online inventory to see our latest units, and if you're looking to sell your car, truck, boat, travel trailer, RV, camper or just about anything else on wheels or water, contact us today!
The Indian Lake Boat Show is an annual spring event for the entire Indian Lake area. Boaters, campers, visitors, tourists, and residents look forward to this annual event which marks the beginning of spring activities in the area. The 2016 Indian Lake Boat Show will feature excellent deals, good food, and meetings with old and new friends.
Fun N Sun RV will be a participating location in the 2016 Indian Lake Boat Show with great beginning-of-the-season deals on all kinds of units. We can't wait to showcase everything we do at Fun N Sun: Boats, Recreational Vehicles, Campers, 5th wheels, rentals, sales, detailing, pressure washing, storage, roof inspections/repairs, etc. Our location at 8127 St. Rt. 366 will be open for business during the Boat Show hours all weekend long. Feel free to call us at (937) 843-2015 with any questions before, after or during the Boat Show.
The 60th Annual Indian Lake Boat Show will be held the weekend of March 4-6. For more information, visit indianlakeboatshow.com or give us a call at (937) 843-2015. And if you're already planning to attend, make sure you stop in and see us!
Fun N Sun RV began business in Russells Point on Indian Lake earlier this year, but our ties to the Indian Lake region go back decades. That got us thinking. What are the exact origins of this fun little lake in West Central Ohio that has become one of the largest tourist attractions in the region? IndianLake.com has an excellent "History" page with all kinds of stories about the origins of our lake, and this month's (August) issue of Country Living has a tidbit included about Indian Lake's origin and its ties to the canal heydays of the 1800's. We've re-posted the IndianLake.com original origin story below if you'd like to read it here, but we encourage you to check out their site for all kinds of fun facts and interesting stories to tell around your next campfire about our favorite lake, Indian Lake!
In its original form, Indian Lake was a conglomeration of shallow natural lakes and marshes covering 640 acres in the northwest corner of Logan County. A bulkhead was built on the Great Miami River in the 1850s to enlarge and deepen the lake area to create a water supply for the new Miami Canal. The work was completed in 1860 and the resulting Lewistown Reservoir covered more than 6,000 acres with 29 miles of shoreline. At the turn of the century, railroads had come into vogue and the canals were abandoned for more efficient transportation. No longer needed for canal commerce, Lewistown Reservoir was designated by the Ohio General Assembly in 1898 as a public recreation area known by its historic name, Indian Lake. Indian Lake quickly became a popular resort area with its numerous islands and untamed shoreline touted as a secluded wilderness paradise offering supreme hunting, shooting and relaxation.
In the early 1900s, Indian Lake became a leading destination to exercise the intellect as well as the body. The traveling Chautauqua Assemblies that swept the East and Midwest came to Indian Lake’s Orchard Island starting in 1910. These variety shows featured lectures and programs by a diverse roster of speakers and entertainers, including some famous and prominent figures such as the great orator William Jennings Bryant. Chautauqua drew such large crowds that a hotel and cottages were built on the island to accommodate out-of-town guests for the two-week gatherings in late July and early August. The village of Lakeview became a regularly scheduled stop in 1911 on the Toledo and Ohio Central Railroad, and the Ohio Electric Line provided service to the burgeoning lakeside community known as Russells Point. The rail lines provided easy access to rural Indian Lake park from Lima, Columbus, Dayton and neighboring communities.
With so much to attract visitors to the area by the early 1920s, local businessman Pappy Wilgus saw an opportunity he couldn’t resist. Pappy and his son, French, built the Sandy Beach Amusement Park at Russells Point to entertain the growing numbers of tourists. Sandy Beach Amusement Park opened on Decoration Day, 1924. The highlight of the park was the fabulous Minnewawa Dance Hall, billed as the best and largest in Ohio, featuring two bandstands and room for hundreds of couples. The Minnewawa drew all the most popular touring performers of the day, including the Rudy Vallee and Paul Whiteman orchestras. The park also offered all of the favorite amusement rides including a roller coaster, merry-go-round, ferris wheel, Blue Beard’s castle, and Custer’s car ride, along with a penny arcade, fun house, boat excursions and food concessions. One of the more unique attractions was the Old Mill Shoot, in which boat-like cars plunged down a roller coaster hill into a tank of water, soaking all aboard. A boardwalk spanned the lake to give swimmers access to nearby Sandy Beach Island, a popular bathing area offering slides and diving towers.
As the "Roaring 20s" gave way to the Great Depression of the 1930s, "Ohio’s Million Dollar Playground" at Indian Lake lost none of its currency. Couples still crowded the amusement park for dance marathons which rewarded the most persistent couples with coveted cash prizes. The winners of the 1931 National Endurance Dance Marathon held at the park reputedly danced for an astounding 1,922 hours! Sandy Beach Amusement Park’s future looked rosy, but a disastrous fire in 1935 completely destroyed the Minnewawa dance hall, along with the wooden structures of the Old Mill Shoot, Custer Cars, Spa bathhouse and part of the roller coaster. A new park operator pumped $100,000 into improvements in 1936, took over management of most of the concessions, and rebuilt the dance hall in an open-air garden style. The most famous Big Bands booked the elegant new Moonlight Terrace Gardens at Sandy Beach Amusement Park in their tours. The bands played on, and twirling couples continued to dance until the early 1950s.
Indian Lake was officially designated as one of the original Ohio State Parks under the jurisdiction of the new Ohio Department of Natural Resources in 1949. The original park office was located in Russells Point, close to the hub of activity at the amusement park. The 1950s were a successful decade for both Sandy Beach Amusement Park and the new state park, as well as local business people who provided services to tourists. The celebration of Ohio’s sesquicentennial in 1953 was a huge event at the lake, drawing crowds estimated at 100,000. These untroubled glory days couldn’t last, however. The societal turmoil of the 1960s came to Indian Lake to pay annual visits starting July 4, 1961. Late that evening, rowdy patrons at the bars across the street from the amusement park sparked a riot that involved nearly 500 youths. The July 4th riot became an unfortunate tradition that plagued the community for a decade as the riots grew increasingly large and destructive each year. The riots dampened everyone’s business during what should be one of the busiest weeks of the year.
Indian Lake State Park’s family campground was built in the mid-1960s across the lake from Russells Point and the amusement park. The class-A campground was an immediate hit, and it brought a new audience to the area. Meanwhile, the quaint, old-fashioned Sandy Beach Amusement Park was renamed Indian Lake Playland in 1967, and it continued the struggle to compete with northwest Ohio’s immensely popular new theme park, Cedar Point, for nearly a decade. Indian Lake Playland did not reopen on Decoration Day 1976, and a few years later, the rides and concessions were torn down.
Today, Indian Lake State Park attracts nearly 1.5 million visitors each year with its top-notch campground, swimming and boating facilities.
Thanks to historian Bud Grandi for sharing a wealth of information and photos to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources where this article was posted.
We found a treasure trove of classic spooky campfire stories for kids just in time for Halloween. This collection of 15 stories have the perfect amount of fright for the PG-level audience, and they come courtesy of sheknows.com who collected all 15 from various sources around the internet. Here's a link to all 15 classics. We even found one of the classic campfire stories on YouTube and included it below. It's a great example of one story that should be in your go-to memory bank for any campfire experience with kids, or bookmark this page and let YouTube tell the story for you!
The Girl With The Green Ribbon Around Her Neck
Here's a great legend with ties to the Smithsonian museum in Washington D.C. If you've never heard of the legend of Black Aggie, read it below, learn it and use it to scare the pants off your fellow campers at your next bonfire! There's also a YouTube video below if your fellow campers are of a younger generation and have already joined the digital age.
When Felix Agnus put up the life-sized shrouded bronze statue of a grieving angel, seated on a pedestal, in the Agnus family plot in the Druid Ridge Cemetery, he had no idea what he had started. The statue was a rather eerie figure by day, frozen in a moment of grief and terrible pain. At night, the figure was almost unbelievably creepy; the shroud over its head obscuring the face until you were up close to it. There was a living air about the grieving angel, as if its arms could really reach out and grab you if you weren't careful. It didn't take long for rumors to sweep through the town and surrounding countryside. They said that the statue - nicknamed Black Aggie - was haunted by the spirit of a mistreated wife who lay beneath her feet. The statue's eyes would glow red at the stroke of midnight, and any living person who returned the statues gaze would instantly be struck blind. Any pregnant woman who passed through her shadow would miscarry. If you sat on her lap at night, the statue would come to life and crush you to death in her dark embrace. If you spoke Black Aggie's name three times at midnight in front of a dark mirror, the evil angel would appear and pull you down to hell. They also said that spirits of the dead would rise from their graves on dark nights to gather around the statue at night.
People began visiting the cemetery just to see the statue, and it was then that the local fraternity decided to make the statue of Grief part of their initiation rites. "Black Aggie" sitting, where candidates for membership had to spend the night crouched beneath the statue with their backs to the grave of General Agnus, became popular.
One dark night, two fraternity members accompanied new hopeful to the cemetery and watched while he took his place underneath the creepy statue. The clouds had obscured the moon that night, and the whole area surrounding the dark statue was filled with a sense of anger and malice. It felt as if a storm were brewing in that part of the cemetery, and to their chagrin, the two fraternity members noticed that gray shadows seemed to be clustering around the body of the frightened fraternity candidate crouching in front of the statue.
What had been a funny initiation rite suddenly took on an air of danger. One of the fraternity brothers stepped forward in alarm to call out to the initiate. As he did, the statue above the boy stirred ominously. The two fraternity brothers froze in shock as the shrouded head turned toward the new candidate. They saw the gleam of glowing red eyes beneath the concealing hood as the statue's arms reached out toward the cowering boy.
With shouts of alarm, the fraternity brothers leapt forward to rescue the new initiate. But it was too late. The initiate gave one horrified yell, and then his body disappeared into the embrace of the dark angel. The fraternity brothers skidded to a halt as the statue thoughtfully rested its glowing eyes upon them. With gasps of terror, the boys fled from the cemetery before the statue could grab them too.
Hearing the screams, a night watchman hurried to the Agnus plot. To his chagrin, he discovered the body of a young man lying at the foot of the statue. The young man had apparently died of fright.
The disruption caused by the statue grew so acute that the Agnus family finally donated it to the Smithsonian museum in Washington D.C.. The grieving angel sat for many years in storage there, never again to plague the citizens visiting the Druid Hill Park Cemetery.