It’s the largest boat show in Northwest and Central Ohio. For 61 years boating and lake enthusiasts have been heading to Indian Lake for this big event. It’s considered the signature kick-off event at the lake each year and the official “opening ceremonies” for the beginning of Spring activities and the boating season at Indian Lake.
So, let the games begin! And those games start with getting the right equipment and gear to enjoy yourself at Indian lake this summer or at any other lake in Ohio for that matter. Whether it’s pontooning, skiing, cruising, fishing, tubing, paddleboarding, kayaking, wakeboarding or even kitesurfing, you’re going to find what you need and what you want at the Indian Lake Boat Show.
The boat show begins this weekend and runs from Friday, March 1 through Sunday, March 3. It is open from from 10am-7pm on both Friday and Saturday and on Sunday, March 3 it runs from 10 am to 5 p.m. Admission to the event is free, parking is free and free refreshments will be available.
See all the new, latest and greatest boats and equipment offered this year in addition to deals on many pre-owned boats. All the top brands will be on display including: Tahoe, Yamaha, Crest, Bass Tracker, Berkshire, Sea Ray, Gallgetter, Wave Runner, Lund, JC Tritoons, Sylvan, Bennington, Star Craft, Lund, Quest, Sylvan, Misty Harbor Pontoons, SunChaser, Suzuki Motors, and more.
Businesses doors open
The boat show actually occurs at several different locations dotted around the lake, including Spend-a-Day Marina, Indian Lake Marina and Buds Marina. Spend-a-Day Marina is located at 9481 State Route 708 N, Russells Point, Ohio on Orchard Island. Indian Lake Marina is located at 457 East Main Street, Russells Point, Ohio, beside McDonald’s, and Buds Marina is located at 7169 County Road 38, Huntsville, Ohio.
Additionally, several local area establishments are having boat show-related events and activities this weekend. Cranberry Resort in Huntsville will be having a “Boat Show Weekend Craft Drink Tasting” from 6-8pm on Saturday March 2, with the band Samax performing later that evening from 8pm to midnight.
Froggy’s at the Lake Resort, in Lakeview, will be having a “Boat Show Weekend Early Bird Special” with the popular local band “ The Indoorfins,” from Lima, performing from 7-11pm on Saturday, March 2.
Indian Lake Outfitters is putting on the “Boat Show Weekend and #ILO Anniversary Celebration” offering many in-store deals and specials as they celebrate 9 years as a brick and mortar store and 11 years as a .com business.
Whatever type of watercraft you are looking for, you can find it at the boat show, whether it be pontoons, sport cruisers, fishing boats, kayaks, tritoons, sport boats, run-abouts or ski boats. Make it a full day of fun and stop by each of the show’s locations and visit their open houses.
Indian Lake is a premier Midwest lake, boating and vacation destination with over 1.5 million visitors a year. The pristine lake is surrounded by beautiful lakefront homes, cottages and quaint, friendly lake towns. With great restaurants, sandy beaches and plenty of fun festivals and events every year such as the Party at the Beach, Harborfest and Rock the Lake Music Festival you really can’t go wrong at this Logan County nautical playground.
The fun really does starts here. So, find the boat of your dreams at the 62nd Annual Indian Lake Boat Show and simply add water and the party begins. It’s as simple as that!
Ron Brohm is a regular contributor to this newspaper.