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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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