Ludington State Park to lower Hamlin Lake beginning Oct. 22

Contact: James Gallie, 231-843-2423
Agency: Natural Resources

Oct. 10, 2018

Hamlin Lake damThe Michigan Department of Natural Resources today announced that beginning Monday, Oct. 22, Ludington State Park in Mason County will begin the annual process of lowering Hamlin Lake to its winter water level.

The lake-lowering process is expected to take four to eight weeks, depending upon precipitation during this time. The winter level is maintained at approximately 2 feet below the summer level and is necessary to control ice damage and erosion. A 1936 deed requires the state of Michigan to perform the lowering process each year.

Ludington State Park, located at 8800 W. M-116 in Ludington, features scenic sand dunes, a shoreline vista, ponds, marshlands and forests. Learn more about the park at

For more information on the lake-lowering process, contact James Gallie, park supervisor, at 231-843-2423 or

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to