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 winter levels may be impacted by the weather.

Thompson Lake - October 9th  Thompson Lake will be lowered beginning on October 9th.  The current level of 904.5 ft will be lowered to 901.5 ft as stated in the court order. The decrease is highly dependent on weather.
Crooked Lake - October 19th Crooked Lake will be lowered beginning October 19th.  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