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Thompson Lake Howell MI information

Thompson Lake is a public lake, some people say it is semi-private but it is not.  The city of Howell has a park on the lake that they sell stickers for parking at the park.  It is $20 for a day and $80 for an annual pass for non residents.  It is a steep price that keeps non resident fishermen off the lake.  As one guy said on a fishing website "why pay that much when you can fish for free or cheaper on so many other lakes".  I am sure it is the same way with many boater. Residents are considered people who live in the city of Howell, Oceola Twp, Genoa Twp and Marion Twp.

Thompson Lake's proximity in the city limits of Howell makes it a valuable resource to the community
and it receives high recreational use. Shoreline development is extensive and most of the natural shore
has been changed. The city maintains boat launch off Roosevelt Road on the northeast shore.
Adjacent to the boat launch is a city park and cemetery. The south shore remains as the only
significant portion of the lake in a semi-natural state largely due to shallow water depth and emergent
vegetation. The remaining shoreline is developed with residential housing, many of which have had
rock rip-rap or sea walls installed for shore protection.

  • Thompson Lake size           252 acres
  • All sports lake                       Yes 
  • Wake restrictions                   No  
  • Deepest spot                         52 feet      
  • Average Depth                       estimated to be 9 feet deep                
  • Public access                         Yes in Howell's Park
  • No# of parking spots              Many
  • Public Beach                          Yes
  • Marina on lake                       No
  • Shoreline                                
  • Named                                   
  • Water Source                         Spring fed & Alger Creek
  • Cities the lake lies in              Oceola Township & the city of Howell            
  • School district for the lake      Howell           
  • Streets around the lake are     Paved            
  • City water                              Mostly muncipal water and a few homes on wells             
  • City sewer                              Sewer             
  • Canals on Lake                       1              
  • Lots over an acre on lake         Very, very few            
  • Water-ski course                     No            
  • Condominiums                        No         

The deepest part of the lake is 52 feet that is found just north of the island in the central portion of the lake. An estimated 75% of the lake depth is 10 feet or less.

Thompson Lake was once three small lakes before it was damned.  The bigger lake came about in 1834 when  Thompson built a grist mill at one end of the lake and installed a dam.   The City of Howell Parks and Recreation Dept maintains the boat launch, a beach, picnic grounds, play grounds and a cemetery. 

Alger Creek enters Thompson Lake on the southeast shore as an outlet from Lake Chemung. An
additional inlet which serves as the Earl Lake outlet is located on the south shore. It flows into Earl Lake and then into Lake Chemung.  You cannot boat to either lake.  It is too shallow and small.  Alger Creek then
exits Thompson Lake at the north shore and flows northerly to its confluence with Bogue Creek and
eventually the South Branch Shiawassee River.

Thompson Lake homes Howell MI

Homes on Thompson lake vary from older summer cottages that have been converted to year round homes, to newer larger brick and vinyl homes.  Most of the newer and bigger homes are on the east side of the lake.  On the south and west side you will find the older and sometimes smaller homes.  Here are the basic features of Thompson Lake waterfront homes.

  • 2 - 5 bedrooms
  • 1 - 4 1/2 bathrooms
  • The homes range in size from 700 square feet to 3900 square feet. 
  • Most of the lake homes have basements though some lake homes are on crawl spaces
  • The home styles are ranches, colonials, cape cods, bungalows, and contemporary
  • Some homes have no garage, but most are 2 to 3 1/2 car garages
  • They were built between the years 1930 to 2006 

Why pay too much to some real estate agent?  When you sell your home..... keep more of your money and your homes profits by hiring a great realtor with a low commission rate.  Save thousands and thousands of dollars on your real estate commission.  Call Russ today to see how much you can save when listing your home  248-310-6239

Thompson Lake fishing

In southern Michigan warmwater lakes, bluegill are one of the most abundant fish species present and
play a key role in community structure and overall sportfishing quality.  Here are the types of fish in the lake:

  • Channel catfish
  • Bluegill
  • Largemouth bass
  • Black crappie
  • Bluntnose minnow
  • Bowfin
  • Carp
  • White sucker
  • Golden shiner
  • Northern pike
  • Pumpkinseed sunfish
  • Rock bass
  • Redear sunfish
  • Warmouth
  • Yellow perch
  • Yellow bullhead

Thompson Lake Location

Thompson Lake is located south of M-59, east of Michigan Ave, north of Grand River.  Thompson Lake is located in the city of Howell in Livingston County in Michigan.  More than half of Thompson Lake is located in the southwest corner of the Oceola Township.  The rest of the lake is in the city limits of Howell.

What do you really want in a Metro Detroit lake home?  Is it more about the lake, the price, the travel time, or about the lake house itself?  Knowing your criteria will help me your realtor narrow your search to specific areas.  I will be able to point out other lakes in Oakland County or other waterfront real estate that you may have not known about.  Over the years I have collected information about Southeastern Michigan lakes to help my clients narrow down their search.  Your wants and needs are important to me and finding you’re the right lake and lake home is important.

 Buying a Metro Detroit lake home is different than buying a home in a subdivision.  We are adding the size, and type of lake.  The type of lake bottom i.e. whether is sandy or mucky.  We even have to consider sunsets, and type of terrain.  Knowing lake homes on Rush Lake in Hamburg Twp. Michigan may help you make an easier decision.  I hope this page helps you.    Just browse through the website and you will find all sorts on info on all sports lakes, size, and depths of the local lakes in Oakland, and Livingston County.

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If you are looking for a lake home near a city in Livingston County I can help.  I know all the lakes and whether they are an all sports lake or not, private or public.  I can save you time, energy, and make your next move easier. Call me today at 248-310-6239

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