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 may be impacted by the weather.

Thompson Lake - October 9th  Thompson Lake will be lowered three feet in accordance with the court order.  The drop will begin October 9th and will occur gradually over the course of a few weeks. 
Crooked Lake - November 1st  Crooked Lake will be lowered beginning November 1st.  All slats on the dam will be left in place until that date, unless significant rain occurs that may cause potential flooding.
Hiland Lake - October 22nd  Hiland Lake will be lowered beginning October 22nd. The target date to reach the winter lake level is November 1st.
 Link to Lake Level Page with small description and picture of each dam.  
 Michigan DNR - Lakes in Livingston County