Ludington State Park to lower Hamlin Lake beginning Monday

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced that beginning Monday Ludington State Park 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