Established Lake Levels
Washtenaw County is involved with several lake level projects.
- Four Mile Lake
- Hiland Chain of Lakes
- Horseshoe Lake
- Iron Lake
- Portage-Baseline Lakes
- Whitmore Lake
The lake levels are controlled with control structures such as a dam or weir. A controlled lake level allows for greater aesthetic and recreational value. The cost of maintenance and operation of the lake level and the control structure is shared among properties within the Lake Level District.
|Four Mile Lake|
|Hiland Chain of Lakes (Intercounty Lake)|
Image courtesy of Livingston Co. Drain Commission
How To Establish A Lake Level
Under the Inland Lake Level Act (Part 307 of P.A. 59 of 1995), a board of commissioners may file a petition in circuit court to establish a special assessment district to pay the costs of establishing and maintaining a lake level. The board of commissioners must file such petition if requested in writing by two-thirds of the freeholders owning lands abutting the lake.
The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners delegates administrative duties to the Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner to oversee lake level projects. The Water Resources Commissioner must determine the apportionment of costs incurred and assess for maintenance of the lake level.