Indian Lake, Pennsylvania

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Indian Lake is a borough in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. It is part of the Johnstown, Pennsylvania Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 450 at the 2000 census. 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 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 750+ 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.


Indian Lake is located at 40°2′51″N 78°51′33″W / 40.0475°N 78.85917°W / 40.0475; -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 (11.6 km²), of which, 3.7 square miles (9.6 km²) of it is land and 0.8 square miles (2.0 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.


As of the census[4] 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/sq mi (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.

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