Welcome to the Hamlin Lake Preservation Society

The Hamlin Lake Preservation Society is a non-profit, educational organization that represents riparian owners and interested friends of Hamlin Lake. Our organization does this in a variety of ways from monitoring water quality and weed distribution, producing a newsletter, to sponsoring activities on the lake such as fireworks, and sailboat races.

Calendar Of Events

February 7, 2019
Deadline for the Spring Currents
March 15 – April 15, 2019
Raising the lake-level begins
April 16, 2019
Board Meeting, 6:30 / 7:00 pm, Hamlin Township Hall

The Quality Of Our Water Is Vital For Everyone

Current / Future Projects:

Boundary Signs

Determining effective design and location of watershed boundary signs to be placed on paved roads in Mason County entering the “Hamlin Lake /Big Sable Watershed”. The placing of watershed boundary signs has been implemented by several other watersheds in Michigan. This signage helps bring awareness and support of maintaining the quality of the watershed. Ken and Joe Muzzo have led this project.

Shoreline Restoration

The natural shoreline demonstration project has been installed at the Ludington State Park on the Island Trail. The signs showing before restoration, during restoration, after restoration and sources of additional information for those wanting to maintain or improve natural features of their shoreline will be installed at the location of the project. Peggy Haverberg and Ginny Hluchan are working on this project. You can learn more by visiting the Natural Shoreline Restoration Project page.

Watershed Plan

Peggy Haverberg continues to lead the effort to update the Hamlin Lake Watershed Management Plan. The updating of the original 1992 Hamlin Lake Watershed Management Plan is a very time-consuming project that will develop a plan to best maintain the quality of the Hamlin Lake Watershed. All the board members have contributed to the information being gathered and organized. The community will also have an opportunity to contribute input on the plan.

Big Sable Activities

We are currently seeking landowner input and permission for a habitat improvement project from Hamilton Road to Tyndall Road on the upper area of the Big Sable River. This area of the river is in need of some small wood structures to provide overhead cover for fish and provide resting areas for waterfowl and other inhabitants of the river. The scatter planting of brown trout fry will be later than normal this year. We are expecting the 8,000 Gilchrist Strain of brown trout to be delivered to the river by MDNR Fisheries in Mid-May. We are also exploring the possibility of starting a multi-year tree planting program in the river corridor. There has been a significant loss of trees along the river with the devastation of the ash trees by the emerald ash borer. The ash trees were a major component of the forest community along the river. Ash may not regenerate to provide the tree cover and shade that is beneficial for the river. We will be seeking input about the feasibility and possible funding sources to begin a tree planting program in the Big Sable River Corridor. We will conduct a macro invertebrate survey at 2 locations on the river. Last year after two years of surveys we didn’t conduct the macro invertebrate survey. Past surveys have had consistent results indicating good to near excellent water quality. Of note in 2017 was the completion of the new Stephens Road Bridge. This structure has a much longer span allowing the river to function normally without the constriction of flow that the old bridge caused. We have also completed the habitat project from US-31 to LaSalle Road. The Big Sable Watershed Restoration Committee is wishing everyone a very safe and pleasant summer season.

Skinny Park / HL Topography

Info Coming Soon

South Bayou Oxygen Depervation

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Hamlin Lake Preservation Society
PO Box 178
Ludington, MI 49431