Fishers offers so many ways to beat the heat through the various water amenities across our city. We are home to several ponds, creeks, splash pads, a lake, and even a beach! I’ve compiled a list of some places you’ll want to check out if you are looking to cool off in the water this summer.
If fishing is your jam, you’re in luck! There are several places around town where you can set up shop. Just remember that all fishing in Fishers Parks is catch-and-release only and you need to have a fishing license if you are over 18 years old.
Fishers is unique because we fall under so many categories: up and coming city, country living and farms, and yes, even lake town! Choose a weekend to explore the marina, the reservoir, and the many incredible restaurants surrounding Geist. You can go big and rent a boat to spend the day on the water, or you can keep it simple and just explore from the shore. My family loves to walk along Fall Creek Road and watch the boats, look for turtles, and enjoy the sun. Whichever you pick, end the day with one of the marina restaurants and some ice cream!
No matter how long you’ve lived in Fishers, chances are you’ve noticed the many splash pads around town. There are so many to choose from! Splash Pads are open Memorial Day through Labor Day. These are a few of my favorites because they have bathroom facilities, shaded areas, and a place to sit in the grass for lunch afterward.
If you want more of a swimming experience, pull those floaties out! There are countless neighborhood swimming pools throughout Fishers, so even if you don’t have one in your neighborhood, chances are someone you know does! But if not, you can always check out a couple of the paid entry options as an alternative. The Fishers YMCA has a great pool with different areas for different ages of kids. Another option is Goldfish Swim School, as they have family swim times in addition to swim lessons.
Childhood never claimed to be clean and mess-free. Toads, mud, water…what more could a kid ask for? You’ll find several creeks perfect for exploring throughout the city. Go on a trail hike, create a nature scavenger hunt, look for signs of animals, teach the kids about erosion…the enrichment opportunities are endless when you get out and explore our creeks.
*Remember, creek stomping is not allowed at Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve since it is a state-regulated preserve and must be protected.
Saxony Lake & Beach
I saved the best for last. This one might be the most under-utilized amenity in Fishers. If you haven’t explored here yet, what are you waiting for?! This 20-acre lake is surrounded by a beautiful walking path, picnic tables, piers, and a beach. Yes, a beach in Fishers! You can also rent beach umbrellas, lunch coolers, and a kayak to cruise around and see all the nature and animals. Visit their website to sign a waiver and learn more about all the fun you can find here.
Kelly Yale is a long-time resident of Fishers (she’s lived here since she was 12!) who lives on the east side of the city. She loves hiking in parks, cooking and trying new restaurants, visiting the Fishers Farmers’ Market, and spending time with her family. Wife and daughter of small business owners, she’s passionate about local businesses and loves exploring shops around the City. She is vegetarian and tries to avoid plastic and waste as much as possible, along with buying secondhand instead of new. Her favorite thing about Fishers is experiencing all of new things that it has to offer since she was a child, while still being able to reminisce on her childhood memories here. She has a 9 year old daughter and welcomed a baby boy in October. Follow her on Facebook and Instagram.