Thompson Lake

Thompson Lake

Welcome to the Thompson Lake website.  This is your source of information for news and events relating to the lake management activities.


The Livingston County Drain Commissioner's Office (LCDC) serves two main functions on Thompson Lake:

Managing the Lake Level and Dam

The Thompson Lake level was established under Part 307 of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (NREPA), also known as Public Act 451 of 1994, as amended.  The summer and winter lake levels are mandated by a 1984 Court Order, which came about by petition from the residents.  The Livingston County Drain Commissioner is responsible for maintaining the levels through operation of the dam.  LCDC is also responsible for inspecting and maintaining the dam.  The Court Order requires the lake to be lowered three feet every other year.  To compensate for the potential loss of fish habitat, stocking of northern pike is required in the years the lake level is lowered.

Managing the Weed Control Program

The Thompson Lake Improvement Board (LIB) was established under Part 309 of NREPA.  The Board initiates public hearings to establish a lake improvement project based on the needs of the lake and feedback from the residents.  The lake improvement project could include various activities such as weed control, dredging, engineering studies, plant surveys, etc.  The Board is responsible for managing the detailed activities of the approved lake improvement project.


For questions regarding Thompson Lake, please contact Michelle LaRose at mlarose@livgov.com or call 517-546-0040.

 Announcements

UPCOMING PUBLIC HEARINGS - June 13, 2017

PLEASE NOTE:  TWO PUBLIC HEARINGS WILL BE HELD ON JUNE 13, 2017 AT 7:00 PM AT THE HISTORIC COURTHOUSE (200 E. GRAND RIVER, HOWELL)

On your latest winter tax bill, you received the last installment of the 3-year assessment for the current lake management program.  The Lake Improvement Board is holding two public hearings to determine if the program should continue.  Both hearings will occur on June 13 as posted above.

The purpose of the first hearing (Hearing of Practicability) is to hear comments from the residents on the scope of the proposed project and the practicability of moving forward. The second hearing (Special Assessment Hearing) provides an opportunity for residents to comment on the proposed special assessment roll.  Residents in the district should receive a letter in the mail describing the scope of the project.  A link to the letter is also provided below.


If you would like to offer input on the needs of the lake management program, please consider attending the hearing.  This is your chance to be heard!  If you are unable to attend, comments can be submitted in writing to the LCDC office.


The documents below offer more detail on the hearings and the proposed project.

DRAFT SPECIAL ASSESSMENT ROLL

LETTER TO RESIDENTS


INCREASE IN LAKE LEVEL

Thompson Lake level has increased, reaching the summer elevation of 904.5 feet around the end of April.  Please remember, the lake level will fluctuate based on the weather.  The level may drop during dry periods and may rise during large rain events.  However, the LCDC staff monitors the level and will adjust the controls at the dam accordingly to maintain the court ordered summer elevation to the best of our ability.


 Fish Stocking

Thompson Lake is stocked with fish every other year as a requirement of the 1984 Court Order, which sets the elevation of the lake and allows the lake to be lowered every other year.  The most recent stocking occured in November 2016.  The next fish stocking event will occur in 2018.  For photos and videos of the event, please click here

 Annual Weed Control Report

Progressive AE completed the 2016 annual report, which summarizes the plant control activities that were completed over the course of the year. Treatments included a combination of mechanical harvesting and herbicide applications.  For the full report, and to see previous year's reports, please click here.

 Recent Activities

Several activities were completed in 2016, including:
  • Inventory of the stumps
  • Lining the culvert downstream of the dam
  • Dam inspection
  • Assessment of the floating islands

 Future Activities

Several activities are planned for 2017, including:
  • Public hearings to discuss continuation of the weed control program
  • Completion of a lake feasibility study
  • Increase in lake level

 Lake Resources

The Lake Resources page provides helpful information about Thompson Lake, including lake photos, maps, and information about the legal lake level. Click here to access these resources.