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 lowering the lakes to winter 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 - Winter  Thompson Lake will 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 - October 21st Crooked Lake will be lowered beginning October 21st.  The summer level was at 940.66 ft, and the winter level will reach approximately 939.75 ft as stated in the court order.  The decrease is highly dependent on weather.
Hiland Lake - October 21st  Hiland Lake will be lowered beginning October 21st.  The summer level was at 883.0 ft, and the winter level will reach approximately 882.2 ft as stated in the court order.  The decrease 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