Indian Lake, Pennsylvania

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Indian Lake, Pennsylvania
Indian Lake, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Indian Lake, Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 40°02′51″N 78°51′33″W / 40.04750°N 78.85917°W / 40.04750; -78.85917Coordinates: 40°02′51″N 78°51′33″W / 40.04750°N 78.85917°W / 40.04750; -78.85917
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Somerset
Settled 1974
 • Type Borough Council
 • Mayor Michael Miscoe
 • Total 4.5 sq mi (12 km2)
 • Land 3.7 sq mi (10 km2)
 • Water 0.8 sq mi (2 km2)
Elevation 2,281 ft (695 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 450
 • Density 122.0/sq mi (47.1/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 814
Website Indian Lake Home Page

Indian Lake is a borough in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. It is part of the Johnstown, Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 394 at the 2010 census, down from 450 in 2000. Indian Lake is home to Indian Lake Golf Club, which opened in 1974, and was the first to be designed by Arnold Palmer,[1] Northwinds Golf Course (public), Indian Lake Resort (fine dining, banquet, and swimming), Indian Lake Marina, and the new James W. McIntyre Hiking and Biking Trail.

While the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 is often reported as Shanksville, it is actually closer to Indian Lake, about 1.5 versus 2 miles away. The actual location of the crash was in a field in Stonycreek Township.

The 700+ acre, ~5-mile long horseshoe-shaped Lake is private in that use is limited to property owners plus a small number of local use permits offered for sale each year. Residents enjoy water skiing, tubing, PWCs (Jet-Skis), fishing - just about every imaginable water sport. Power boats are limited in length (22 feet for ski-type boats/runabouts; 30 feet for pontoon boats) but there is no horsepower limit. Boating rules are governed by a local boating ordinance (law) and enforced by local police and the PA Fish and Boat Commission. All watercraft require state and local registration.

Approximately half the homes at Indian Lake are year-round permanent residences and half are seasonal recreational/vacation homes. Rentals are available, and each year a number of lake-front and golf-course homes are available for sale; all property owners, not just lakefronts, may enjoy use of the Lake via docking at the Marina or an available public launch.

During the winter months the roads are very well cared-for, but there is plenty of snow and area for snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. Downhill skiers enjoy nearby Seven Springs, Hidden Valley and Laurel Mountain ski resorts.

Every summer, Indian Lake is the host of the annual Boi Weekend, held lakefront on Navajo Lane. Boi Weekend has been a summer staple for the last six years. Events include whiffle ball, extreme bocce, dry accelerating jet-skis, campfires and plenty of alcohol.

Starting in August 2014, Indian Lake Regatta is a new staple to the Indian Lake Holiday weekend list. August 2, 2014 was the first annual Indian Lake Regatta hosted by the Indian Lake Marina. It will continue annually the first week of August every year. It attracts many of the residents and weekenders and provides games, prizes, food, and activities for all ages. The Regatta ends with night time decorated boat parade celebrating the day. Residents are planning a sandbar area somewhere shallow in the lake where boaters can dock to one another to hangout, meet new people, drink and of course swim.


Indian Lake is located at 40°2′51″N 78°51′33″W / 40.04750°N 78.85917°W / 40.04750; -78.85917 (40.047616, -78.859198).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 4.5 square miles (12 km2), of which, 3.7 square miles (9.6 km2) of it is land and 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2) of it (17.26%) is water.

Indian Lake has the fourth-highest elevation of towns in Pennsylvania, at 2281 feet.[3] This is the Lake water level, homes at Indian Lake range from 2300 to 2550 feet in base elevation.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 129
1980 306 137.2%
1990 388 26.8%
2000 450 16.0%
2010 394 −12.4%
Est. 2012 394 0.0%

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 450 people, 206 households, and 146 families residing in the borough. The population density was 122.0 people per square mile (47.1/km²). There were 548 housing units at an average density of 148.5 per square mile (57.3/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 99.33% White, 0.22% from other races, and 0.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.44% of the population.

In 2000 there were 206 households, of which 16.5% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.0% were married couples living together, 1.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.1% were non-families. 22.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.53.

In the borough the population has 14.2% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 34.7% from 45 to 64, and 19.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47 years. For every 100 females there were 110.3 males. For every 100 females aged 18 and over, there are 113.3 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $53,750, and the median income for a family was $58,214. Males had a median income of $44,792 versus $28,750 for females. The per capita income for the borough is $27,630. About 1.4% of families and 2.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 2.8% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ "Indian Lake Golf Club". 
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  3. ^ Highest Elevation of Towns in Pennsylvania
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013.