Upcoming meetings/ news

SOS-Bureau of Elections website, residents can verify that the Clerk's Office has received their absentee ballot https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/Voter/Index

**ALERT - If you need to meet with the Lake Township Clerk at her home office, it is by Appointment only. The office is not open for walk in's. The clerk can be reached by email: laketownshipclerk@gmail.com or by phone: 989-202-4684


Oct 20: **CANCELLED**7pm Planning Commission meeting

Oct 27: 6pm Special Planning Commission meeting

Nov 3: Election 2020, please vote! More details click here

Nov 10: 7pm Board Meeting 

Fall leaf pickup has been cancelled due to concerns related to COVID-19. Please find alternatives to remove your leaves, Recycling Options are located here.

If you have a large item that doesn't fit in your blue bin that you can call Republic at (800) 578-2664. 

Lake Township DOES NOT have a dump site.  The closest one is Harrison.

If you notice a streetlight burned out or flickering, please report it to Consumers:   https://www.consumersenergy.com/outages/street-light-outage-report

**ALERT - Short-Term Rentals: Please take notice that the use of dwellings for short-term rentals, such as rentals facilitated through Airbnb or similar services, is prohibited in any residential zoning district within Lake Township pursuant to the Township Zoning Ordinance. 

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Representing the beautiful Western Shore of Houghton Lake

Our Vision

To provide our citizens and visitors a safe, pleasant and fun environment to live, work and enjoy. As stewards of the Western shore of Houghton Lake, we understand what it takes to keep our waterways clean, safe and accessible to the general public.

Lake Twp.

PO Box 536

Houghton Lake, MI 48629-0536

Phone: (989) 202-4684


Supervisor: Dave Emmons

279 Long Point Dr.

Houghton Lake MI 48629

Phone: (989) 422-2321 laketownshipsupervisor@gmail.com


Clerk: Tonya Clare

PO Box 536

Houghton Lake MI 48629

Phone: (989) 202-4684 laketownshipclerk@gmail.com


Deputy Clerk: Pam Surprenant

Phone: (989) 202-4684


Treasurer: Harry Trier

PO Box 536

Houghton Lake MI 48629

Phone: (989) 422-6628 laketownshiptreasurer@gmail.com

Board Meetings are conducted the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m. at the Lake Township Hall 1380 N. Michelson Rd., Houghton Lake

Lake Township Fire Dept: 13473 W Shore Dr

Phone: (989) 422-5315 (the station is not manned, for emergencies call 911, if you want to talk with the chief, call him directly)


LTFD Fire Chief: Scott Wrzesinski

Phone: (989) 233-4437


Zoning Board of Appeals: Dean Hull,


Phone: (517) 749-1788


Planning Commission: George Mika, 


Phone: (989) 202-2421 


Trustee: Tony Farhat

12374 W Shore Dr.

Houghton Lake, MI 48629

Phone: (616) 485-2987



Trustee: Chris Lukatch

1140 Long Point Dr.

Houghton Lake, MI 48629

Phone: (619) 415-1950 


Ordinance Enforcement Officer:

Kevin Rose

Phone: (989) 202-4736


12400 W Shore Dr

Assessor: Mike Houserman

Phone: (989) 302-0848 houserman.assessing@yahoo.com


If you wish to join our email list, for monthly board meeting reminders, please email tonyf1841@gmail.com with the following information:

Subject line: Request to be added for Lake Township emails.


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Lake Township is closed for the following 2020 Holidays:

                  January 1
                  January 20
                  February 17

                  April 10
                  May 25
                  July 3
                  September 7
                  November 11
                  November 26/27
                  December 24/27

                  December 31

  • **Due to COVID-19, no permit needed in 2020**  To obtain a garage sale permit, please call the Lake Township Clerk at (989) 202-4684. In person by Appt only. Or request by email laketownshipclerk@gmail.com

  • Republic trash service is every Tuesday. Large item's, call for pick up: (800) 578-2664

  • Hazardous Waste Collection for 2020 (June 6), Flyer click here.

  • Leaf Pickup: Fall 2020: CANCELLED due to COVID, morning pickups (bio-degradable bags only, set out the night before, no brush)

  • Burning Permits: (866) 922-2876, Flyer click here.

  • Houghton Lake Cemetery: 1476 Michelson Rd

  • Houghton Lake Building Agency (989) 422-3687

  • Houghton Lake Sewer Authority (989) 422-5811

2020-21 Lake Township board meeting dates

7pm, 2nd Tuesday of each month

Apr 14

May 12

Jun 9

Jul 14

Aug 11

Sept 8

Oct 13

Nov 10

Dec 8

Jan 12, 2021

Feb 9, 2021

Mar 9, 2021 


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