Monday: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Office entry is in the rear of the building.
||Lake Township is in the northwest
corner of Benzie County, in the
northwestern portion of Lower
The Lake Township Hall (see red
star on map at left) is located on
M-22 just east of the bridge
crossing the Platte River. We're
roughly 35 miles north of Manistee,
and 40 miles west of Traverse City.
Scenic Hwy (M-22)
||Proposed Deadstream Road improvements
— To all Deadstream Road residents from Heather Jamison, Manager, Benzie County Road
As you may have heard, the Road Commission is the recipient of $1,000,000.00 for
the purpose of improving 5.36 miles of Deadstream Road, made possible by the Priority
Road Investment Program created under Public Act 34 of 2014. We have a signed contract
with the State of Michigan and anticipate construction will take place during the
2015 construction season.
There will be a public open house on Thursday, September 4th, 2014 from 3:00
– 5:00 pm at the Homestead Township Hall at 11508 Honor Hwy in Honor (two buildings
east of the Road Commission). Road Commission personnel and representatives from
Gourdie-Fraser will be available to answer your questions. If you are unable to attend,
please don't hesitate to call the Road Commission at 231-325-3051 or email them
with your questions.
||ZONING REMINDER – It has come
to the attention of the Township that persons anticipating building small structures
such as storage sheds, well houses, etc. are assuming that no permits are required
for these structures because the State Construction Code does not require a Building
Permit for structures less than 200 square feet. (This standard was recently increased
from the previous 100 square feet.)
The change in Building Permit requirements has no relationship to Township Zoning
Ordinance requirements. ALL STRUCTURES OF WHATEVER SIZE require a Land Use Permit
from the Township Zoning Administrator. The Land Use Permit is necessary to determine
and assure that the placement of any structure meet all zoning requirements, particularly
||There is a new "Land Use Permit
and Fee Schedule" which can be found on the Documents and Forms page (near the bottom).
||There is a vacancy on the Planning
Commission. Interested persons should contact the Office during regular office
hours for more information.
||Lake Township is currently looking
for individuals who would like to serve as an alternate on the Township Planning
Commission and an alternate to serve on the Township Zoning Board of Appeals. Interested
parties should contact the Township office for more information.
|AT THIS SITE:
||Clean-up days for 2014 have
been determined — see the Upcoming
Events page for information.
||Monthly meetings dates for 2014
are now on the Meetings page.
||A Planning Commission Meetings section
has been added to the Meetings page.
||The Lake Township Zoning Ordinance
is now on the Documents
and Forms page.
||For details about our monthly and
budget adoption meetings and the minutes from these, please see our new Meetings page.
||See our new Documents and Forms page for common forms or documents you
may need as a visitor or resident of the Township.
||Keep an eye on the Park
Events pages for updated
As one of the least populated but heavily visited areas of Lower Michigan, we
greatly value our many natural resources. When you visit our area you are in a true
"year-round playground," Enjoy...
- skiing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing in the winter,
- mushroom hunting and trilliums in the spring,
- many miles of shoreline and waterways in the summer for swimming, kayaking, and
- and salmon fishing, color tours, and hunting in the fall.
We work hard to maintain our undeveloped "up north" feel and preserve
the natural beauty of the area while striving to provide a stable economy and maintain
a high quality of life for all citizens.
Lake Township is also the gateway to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Approximately 10,865
acres of the Lakeshore and approximately 9.1 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline are
located within the boundaries of our Township. Within the Lakeshore there are many
hiking trails and other attractions. Purchase of a Lakeshore pass allows you to recreate
anywhere in this National Lakeshore.
When we talk about the Park on this site, we're referring
to our Lake Township Park – the pride of the township, located
at the mouth of the Platte River at Lake Michigan. See the Park
page for more details.