The current Legal Lake Level for Indian Lake is 902.65 feet above Mean Sea Level, as amended in a 2019 court order. The previous Legal Lake Level was 902.20, as established in 1975.
The lake level is maintained by four pumps that have been installed around the lake. The pumps sites are located on Cheyenne Drive, Chippewa Trail, and two pumps on Apache Trail. In 2021, there were 411,840,000 gallons of water pumped into the lake to maintain the legal lake level.
The costs to use and maintain the pumps are spread among the property owners in the special assessment district on an annual basis. The annual budget to maintain the lake level ranges from $60,000-$100,000 per year, depending on seasonal rainfall and weather patterns.
Recent renovation projects, overseen by the Drain Commission, have included installing flow meters on the pumps and a level indicator. The flow meters have a local readout on the meter that displays instantaneous flow and totalized flow. The level indicator is up and running and has a local display inside the control panel at the site. Soon, this information will be available on this webpage for constant monitoring and a real time lake level.