Dam Maintenance and Lake Levels
Livingston County, MichiganDrain CommissionerDam Maintenance and Lake Levels

Dam Maintenance and Lake Levels

The Livingston County Drain Commissioner inspects, operates and maintains nine dams in Livingston County.  Approximately one-third of one staff person's time, averaged over the course of a year, is spent on monitoring and operating our lake level structures.  Although the lake levels are court ordered, and inspected regularly, fluctuation in levels can be due to excessive precipitation or lack of rain and snow (precipitation), official lake levels could vary.
 
Lake Web Sites:
 

Lake Level Notifications

Below are the planned dates to begin raising the lakes to summer level where stipulated by court order. These dates are estimated and the ability to reach and maintain the summer levels may be impacted by the weather.

Thompson Lake - Summer  Thompson Lake did not have a 2019 winter drawdown.  The level remains at 904.5 ft during odd numbered years as stated in the court order.
Crooked Lake - March 11th Crooked Lake will be raised beginning March 11th.  The winter level was at 939.75 ft, and the summer level will reach approximately 940.66 ft as stated in the court order.  The increase is highly dependent on weather.
Hiland Lake - March 16th  Hiland Lake will be raised beginning March 16th.  The winter level was at 882.2 ft, and the summer level will reach approximately 883.0 ft as stated in the court order.  The increase is highly dependent on weather.
 
Links:  
 Link to Lake Level Page with small description and picture of each dam.  
 Michigan DNR - Lakes in Livingston County