Back in the day at Indian Lake when the Old Sandy Beach Amusement Park was in its heyday, boat tours on the lake were one of the most popular attractions offered.
Tourists and park goers would board the many “wooden” tour boats at the Russells Point Harbor where they would then set sail under the Sandy Beach Bridge for a wonderful voyage around the lake.
Well, it’s been a long time coming but boat tours are finally back at Indian Lake and this time around with a nice added twist. “Captains for Charities,” a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity, offers boat tours to the public with all profits going to the Columbus Children’s Hospital and the Ohio State James Cancer Hospital to help kids with cancer and other worthy causes. “Captains for Charities” is the non-profit charitable giving arm of the Indian Lake Pontoon Rentals Company. (Indian Lake’s and Ohio’s largest pontoon rental company)
Many weekend visitors at Indian Lake don’t have a boat and have actually never been out on the lake. This will provide tourists with an excellent opportunity to truly experience the lake, meandering through the many causeways and islands via boat and seeing all that the lake has to offer.
Starting July 4, boat tours of the bygone days will be recreated for visitors at Indian Lake. But instead of a wooden boat, tourists will zoom around the lake in a modern pontoon tour boat.
“I think this is great,” said Reta DiDonato, who was out walking by the Russells Point Harbor with her husband John and noticed the tour boat docked in the Russells Point Harbor. “We have had a place here at Indian Lake for eight years and have never seen boat tours offered to the public. We just love Indian Lake, it’s a wonderful place to rejuvenate and relax whether you live here or just come up for the weekend,” added DiDonato.
For only a $20.00 donation per person per boat trip, “Captains for Charities” will be offering 90 minute boat tours of the lake. The tours are very fun, interesting and even educational. Captain Toby Sutter and his crew of volunteer captains will zoom passengers around all the cool hot spots of the lake in addition to the many Indian Lake Area Historical Society spots associated with the lake.
It’s actually quite a bargain considering the cost of gas to run a boat for 90 minutes and the fact that if you don’t have a pontoon boat and had to buy one that could cost you $5000 to $40,000.
“We just think this is a great way to raise money for a great cause and also fill a need at the same time for those who want to tour the lake without having to buy a boat,” said Captain Toby Sutter.
Boat tours will begin on July 4th and will be offered on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The first tour on Saturday begins at 1pm and the last tour starts at 5pm. Sunday tours begin at noon and the last tour sets sail at 4pm. If you are interested in an evening boat tour, Friday tours start later in the day with the last tour ending at 8:30pm
For more information and to book a boat tour for yourself, family and/or a group contact “Captains for Charities” at 937-843-Boat. Also check out their new website at http://www.captainsforcharities.com for additional information.
“Captains for Charities” welcomes an opportunity to reward other charities and charity givers with pro bono boat tour excursions. If you run or help run a worthy charitable cause please contact “Captains for Charities” for further details.
Ron Brohm is a regular contributor to this newspaper.