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Hamlin Lake Preservation Society

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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. Please take a moment to look around our website to learn more about our various activities and how you can become a supporter of the Hamlin Lake Preservation Society.

Preservation Priorities

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Fish Management

Hamlin Lake Preservation Society supports walleye and muskie stocking.
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Water

Our task force activities include collecting samples of Hamlin Lake water for analysis.

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Partnerships

HLPS works with several local organizations to protect our natural resources.
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Hamlin Lake History

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Little is known about the lost village of Hamlin, which was in existence for just over 50 years and was located where the Ludington State Park now stands.

In 1852, Charles Mears purchased land along the Big Sable River, in search of a mill location. The mouth of “Big Sable Lake,” with its narrow stream to Lake Michigan seemed the ideal location. Mears built the first wooden dam and established a sawmill in 1856. This dam was located a few hundred feet downstream from the present-day dam, and raised the lake 12-15 feet. A smaller, wooden dam in the lower Sable held back water to create a large holding pond for logs- thus the creation of Hamlin Lake.

 

Your annual support is the life blood of our beautiful lake and habitat.

 

It is the Synergy of man and wildlife that lends to why we need to preserve Hamlin waters.

 

 

 

Hamlin Lake is the largest man-made lake in Michigan.

 

Resources

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Michigan Department of Natural Resources
https://www.michigan.gov/dnr

Responsible for the management of the state’s natural and cultural resources:

  • Parks / Trails / Waterways
  • Wildlife / Hunting permits
  • Recreation / Camping, Lodging
  • Fisheries – HLPS members can begin with HLPS Fish Taskforce
  • Forestry – HLPS members can begin with our partners at Mason Lake Conservation District
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Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

Shoreline Permits / Wetlands / Bottomlands

https://www.michigan.gov/egle/about/organization/water-resources/inland-lakes-and-streams/overview

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Michigan Shoreland Stewards

https://www.mishorelandstewards.org/rate.asp

Great resource to assist you to privately rate your shoreline and advise you on ways to make improvements that help the health of the lake.

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MICHIGAN CLEAN WATER CORPS
Inland Lake Monitoring and Sampling
 
 
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