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 - March 25th  The winter level for Thompson Lake this past year was 901.5 ft.  Thompson Lake will be raised to 904.5 ft for the summer in accordance with the court order.  The increase will begin March 25th and will occur gradually over the course of a few weeks. 
Crooked Lake - March 18th  Crooked Lake will be raised beginning March 18th.  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 20th  Hiland Lake will be raised beginning March 20th.  The winter level was at 882.2 ft, and the summer level will reach approximately 883 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