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About Geist Reservoir

The reservoir is located primarily in the northeast corner of Indianapolis and the southeast corner of Fishers, but small parts reach into the nearby towns of Lawrence, Fortville, and McCordsville.

 

In recent years the Geist area has experienced rapid growth. The area is noted for its topography and the reservoir.


Geist Reservoir Dam is located at the lake's southern end. Fed by Fall Creek on the north, the lake overflow is directed into the creek again at the south. The earthen dam is 44 feet high, with a length of 1,400 feet at its crest. The reservoir capacity is 60,000 acre-feet, although normal storage is 21,180 acre-feet.

The reservoir is mostly rather shallow (10 feet or less). The area has undergone rapid development and some high-valued homes now line the reservoir's waterfront.

Geist Reservoir covers 1,900 acres and spans three counties in Indiana (Marion, Hamilton, and Hancock), four voting precincts, three school districts (Lawrence, Hamilton Southeastern, and Mt. Vernon).

 

The History of Geist Reservoir

Geist Reservoir is a reservoir in the northeastern part of metropolitan Indianapolis, Indiana. It was constructed in 1943 by damming Fall Creek to provide water for Indianapolis. Upon completion, Geist Reservoir was the second-largest man-made lake in Indiana, providing approximately 7,000,000,000 US gallons of water. The reservoir is located primarily in the northeast corner of Indianapolis and the southeast corner of Fishers, but small parts reach into the nearby towns of Lawrence, Fortville, and McCordsville.

Geist Reservoir was named after Clarence Geist, a former owner of the Indianapolis Water Company who foresaw a deficit in Indianapolis's water supply and envisioned Geist Reservoir to preemptively address the problem. Planning for the reservoir began as early as 1913, when hydraulic engineers estimated that White River and Fall Creek would not provide enough water for the increasing needs of Indianapolis. Geist gradually bought some 5,000 acres in Fall Creek Valley in the 1920s and 1930s, including the small town of Germantown, which today lies at the bottom of the reservoir. Although controversial, the reservoir was completed in 1943, five years after Clarence Geist's death. In the 1960s further controversy arose over plans for commercial and residential development in the area around the lake. A proposal in the 1970s to triple the size of the reservoir was defeated, and a housing boom began in the lake area.

 

Things To Do

Geist Reservoir – Enjoy boating, skiing, fishing, jet skiing and more. The marina boasts restaurants and shops to enjoy during a break from the water. Enjoy seeing the beautiful houses along Geist.

Incrediplex - A HUGE sports and entertainment facility in Lawrence off of Pendleton. It’s not just for kids — it’s for the whole family! Anytime you want to play indoors, this massive indoor play place is an arena of fun and entertainment.

Daniel’s Vineyard -  A full production winery that offers a private wine club and event venue for any occasion. In 2010, over 14,000 grape vines were cultivated into the Indiana soil by family, friends, and neighbors. As the vines have flourished over the years, so has the Daniel’s Vineyard community.

Geist Park - Geist Park is a bird watchers haven, as this peaceful 17-acre park is nestled along the banks of Fall Creek. The park includes nature trails, wetlands and prairies, so be prepared for wildlife spotting with your binoculars. This park is also ideal for water recreation enthusiasts with a canoe launch and fishing. Whether you enjoy hiking, observing wildlife or just being outdoors, Geist Park is a great way to experience nature and take in some fresh, Indiana air.

Fort Harrison Park - At Fort Harrison, landscape and history blend together at this unique setting on the north-east side of Indianapolis. The 1,700-acre park features walking and jogging trails, picnic sites, fishing access to Fall Creek and two national historic districts. The former Citizen's Military Training Camp is preserved around the park office in what was once known as Camp Glenn.

Why Work With Porter Realty Group?

Because we offer unparalleled, local experience. With helping hundreds of families buy and sell their homes, our team offers the resources to help you sell your Geist Reservoir house fast.  We know the area and the local market better than anyone else.

If you are ready to buy, we will bring you the best deals as soon as they become available. We can also help find properties that are off-market and unadvertised. If you are looking for Geist Reservoir homes for sale, we will help you find the best properties available.

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