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The Hamlin Township Planning Commission will hold a Public Hearing on Thursday December 9, 2021 6:00 p.m. at the Hamlin Township Hall, 3775 N. Jebavy Drive to adopt the proposed amendments to Hamlin Township Zoning Ordinance Number 45, now in effect.  A copy may be seen at the Hamlin Townhall, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Written comments may be submitted to the Hamlin Township office prior to the hearing and they will become part of the hearing record or you may express your views in person at the hearing.  Written comments must contain a reason for supporting or opposing these amendments.  The Planning Commission will conduct any other business that may properly come before them upon completion of the Public Hearing.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (231) 845-7801 ext 5 or e-mail at hamlintwp@hamlintownship.org

This notice is posted in compliance with PA 267 of 1976 as amended (Open Meetings Act), MCLA 41.72a (2) (3) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Respectfully submitted,
Kathryn Genter
Zoning Administrator
Hamlin Township

The 2022 Hamlin Township Clean-up Day is scheduled for 
Saturday, June 18, 2022 from 8 AM - 12:00 Noon at the Hamlin Township Transfer Site.  Voucher Required. Be prepared to unload your items and show ID with voucher. Voucher will be available after April 25, 2022 from the Hamlin Township Office. Please follow directions on voucher.
Thank you.

Hamlin Township Assessor 
Derek C. Eaton, MAAO PPE 
Mr. Eaton can be reached at


May 1st  - September 30th
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
10 AM – 6 PM
Please be courteous to the staff and have your garbage and recycling disposed of by 5:55 PM to give the staff time to close up the bins and gate.

October 1st  - April 30th
Monday, Wednesday and Saturday
9 AM – 5 PM
Please be courteous to the staff and have your garbage and recycling disposed of by 4:55 PM to give the staff time to close up the bins and gate.

April 1st – May 31st
$20.00 for Residents
$100.00 for Non-Residents
A new Recycling Voucher is required each year beginning April 1, 2021 to use the
Recycling Center.  
Please recycling correctly; Crush plastics #1, #2 and #5 only.   No Styrofoam please.  
Purchased decal annually from the Hamlin Township Office
Township Garbage Bags:
Can be purchased at the Hamlin Township Hall OR
Hamlin Grocery, OR The Y Country Store.
$7.00 for 15-gal. purple bags


$13.00 for 40-gal. green bags
Garbage bags can be purchased from the Hamlin Township Office or Hamlin Grocery

2020 Census Results:
Population 3,711 (Largest residential Township in Mason County)
Population change since 2010:  303 
Percent change since 2010:  8.9 Percent 


Please call 1-866-922-2876 (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM) Monday thru Friday or visit www.michigan.gov/burnpermit and apply on-line.

Ludington State Park, 8800 M-116, Ludington, MI 49431. The main entrance to the Ludington State Park is at the end of M-116., not along Piney Ridge Road. Please do not use Piney Ridge Road as the road cannot accommodate large vehicles.

2021 – 2022 Hamlin Township Meeting Schedule

April 15, 2021
May 13, 2021   
June 10, 2021
July 15, 2021
August 12, 2021  
September 16, 2021   
October 14, 2021
November 11, 2021   
December 16, 2021  
January 13, 2022
February 17, 2022
March 10, 2022

All meetings listed above to begin at 6:00 PM
March 31, 2022 – Settlement Day Meeting @ 4:30 PM

All meetings will be held at:

Hamlin Township Hall
3775 N. Jebavy Drive
Ludington, MI 49431

This notice is posted in compliance with PA 267 of 1976 as amended (Open Meetings Act), MCLA 41.72a (2) (3) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

2021 Hamlin Township Board of Review schedule:

The March Board of Review will be in session on 
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 from 2 PM – 5 PM AND 6 PM – 9 PM


Thursday, March 11, 2021 from 9 AM – 12:00 Noon And 1 PM – 4 PM.

To schedule a hearing, please call 231-845-7801 Ext. 5 for an appointment, mail in your appeal to
Hamlin Township Assessor, 3775 N. Jebavy Drive, Ludington, MI 49431 before March 10, 2021; 
Email to: hamlintwp@hamlintownship.org
OR Fax (231) 843-1471 or walk-in's will be accepted.

The 2021 March Board of Review Organizational Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 10:30 am.

The July Board of Review will be in session on July 20, 2021 at 10:30 AM AND the December Board of Review will be in session on December 14, 2021 at 10:30 AM.

All meetings will be held at the Hamlin Township Hall, 3775 N. Jebavy Drive, Ludington, MI 49431 and are subject to the Open Meetings Act. 

The 2021 Mason County Road Commission Meetings are scheduled for:  February 11th; February 25th; March 11th; March 25th; April 8th; April 22nd; May 13th; May 27th; June 10th; June 24th; July 8th; July 22nd; August 12th; August 26th; September 9th; September 23rd; October 4th; October 28th; November 11th; November 24th (Wednesday); December 9th; December 23.  Minutes for each meeting are available at 510 E. State Street, Scottville, MI and at www.masoncountyroads.com.  

Meetings are held at 10:00 am at 510 E. State Street, Scottville, MI:   Any changes made to the meeting dates will be posted at the Mason County Road Commission 24 hours prior to the meeting:  December 23, 2020 (Wednesday).   William Schwass, Chairperson; Michael Ingison, Vice-Chairperson; Jeff Conklin, Member; Mary Samuel, Manager/Director. 

The 2021 Meeting Dates for the Western Mason County Fire District Authority:
February 22, 2021; April 19, 2021; June 21, 2021; August 16, 2021; October 18, 2021 and December 20, 2021.
All meetings are scheduled for 9:00 am at the Ludington City Fire Department, 918 E. Tinkham Ave., Ludington, MI .

Mason County Board of Commissioners Meeting Schedule:  March 9, 2021 at 9:00 AM; April 13, 2021 at 7:00 PM; May 11, 2021 at 9:00 AM; June 8, 2021 at 7:00 PM; July 13, 2021 at 9:00 AM; August 10, 2021 at 7:00 PM; September 14, 2021 at 9:00 AM; October 12, 2021 at 7:00 PM; November 9, 2021 at 9:00 AM; December 14, 2021 at 7:00 PM and January 11, 2022 at 9:00 AM.   The Board of Commissioners Meetings will be held in the Mason County Airport Terminal conference room.  Located at 5300 W. US 10, Ludington, MI.  Social Distancing will be enforced and mandatory facemask/shields must be worm per Emergency Order Under MCL 333.2253 – Gathering Prohibition and Mask Order. 

Invasive hemlock woolly adelgid has been found in Mason County in 2020. Click HERE for more information.

The Mason County Road Commission announces the launch of Snowpaths

The Mason County Road Commission (MCRC) is excited to announce the launch of Snowpaths, an online interactive map service that will keep you informed of the snow removal process on roads maintained by MCRC for the 2020-21 winter season.  The official launch date for Snowpaths is Monday November 9, 2020.

MCRC believes that providing Snowpaths will allow residents and public agencies to safely plan their commute by seeing current status of plowing operations.  Additionally, they will be able to isolate a specified location to view the status of that road during a snow and ice event, as well as a complete overview of the entire area to map out their commute.  Residents will also have access to customized alerts to stay informed of critical information during snow and ice events.

MCRC will evaluate Snowpaths at the end of the season for effectiveness, increased snow removal efficiency and public usage and feedback.  If MCRC continues Snowpaths in the future we plan on working with the software engineers to track the brine application processes and showing road closures that are either due to construction or major storm events.

For more information on Snowpaths please visit https://smartplanetsoftware.com/snowpaths/

To view the MCRC Snowpaths service, please visit this page.

Hamlin Lake:  Lowering of the lake level will begin the 4th Monday of October (October 26, 2020). The raising of the water level will start in the spring when there is no floating ice on the lake. 

Point and Pay. Click the link below to pay property taxes for Hamlin Township.

Click Here

The MI DNR Fisheries completed a fish survey on Hamlin Lake to determine the current status of the fishery. 
The 2019 survey is complete.  Click Here for the five-page report/results.  The Hamlin Lake Preservation Society will be hosting a meeting on May 6, 2020 beginning at 6:00 p.m. to discuss the results.  This meeting is open to the public.  The meeting will be held at the Hamlin Township Hall, 3775 N. Jebavy Drive, Ludington, MI 49431. MEETING CANCELLED.

2019 Fish Report Click Here

Volunteers - Much Thanks!
Thank you to Township Trustee Larry Rees, Shane Sniegowski, Brad Sniegowski, and Joe McLain for repairing the hole in the wall at the Transfer Site.

Styro-foam is not an accepted recycling item at the Hamlin Township Transfer Site. 
Styro-foam is accepted at the Oceana County Transfer Station on M-20 in Oceana County
(about 7 miles east of US 31) at minimal or no charge (see link to web site). 

CodeRED is a FREE community notification system available to Mason County residents & visitors that will send you alerts concerning time-sensitive and/or emergency information that may impact your area via phone calls, text messages, emails, and social media.  (missing persons/children, evacuation notices, natural disasters, boil water advisories, inclement weather warnings, criminal activities, road closures/traffic alerts, shelter in place/lockdowns).
Visit https://publiccoderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/BF51277A87DA to enroll OR download the CodeRED Mobile Alert app available in the App Store or Google Play.

MI DNR Burn Permits visit: 
OR 1-866-922-2876 

LEAF CORRAL:  Leaves and grass clippings Only.  Leaves and grass clippings should be taken back as far as possible.  Please respect this policy or corral may need to be closed.  (No concrete, lumber, large stumps, etc.)   

Oak Wilt – Please Be Aware!

Oak wilt, a non-native invasive fungus, is causing the widespread death of our precious oak resource in Michigan.  As many of you know, oaks provide shade, acorns for wildlife, and are a valuable wood product in our forests!  These trees are worth saving!

So what can you do?
Learn how to identify which oak species are on your property.  Contact a professional.
Pay close attention to your “red oak group” trees.  If you see the leaves suddenly turn a yellow or bronze color AND drop from the tree, then contact a professional who is qualified to determine if you have oak wilt.

DO NOT cut or prune your oak trees from April to August as these wounds can attract the sap-feeding beetles that spread oak wilt.  ALSO, DO NOT move infected oak firewood! 

If you would like more information about this disease, contact Josh Shields, Forestry Assistance Program forester with the Manistee and Mason-Lake Conservation Districts, at 231-889-9666 (Office Phone), 989-220-9236 (Mobile Phone), or via email at joshua.shields@macd.org.

Also contact the Manistee or Mason-Lake Conservation Districts about an informational meeting on oak wilt and how to slow the spread of it, on April 4th, 2018, 7:00pm, at Hamlin Township Hall!

Hamlin Township received a $2,500.00 grant from the Great Lakes Energy Peoples Fund. The grant money was used towards the parking lot on Duneview Drive.  Members of Great Lakes Energy support the People Fund by voluntarily rounding up their bills to the next highest dollar.  The rounded up amount is distributed to non-profit organizations and charitable activities that benefit people in communities served by the cooperative.  Contact Great Lakes Energy at 888-GT-LAKES or visit gtlakes.com for more information. 

Parking Lot



Effective June 1, 2017, Hamlin Township Zoning Permit Fee will be $40.00


FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA has recently updated their FEMA Flood Plain Maps in Hamlin Township. Visit FEMA.gov | Federal Emergency Management Agency or Susan A. Conradson at 231-876-4443 or conradsons2michigan.gov for additional information.
Your property may be in a Flood Plain Area on or near Hamlin Lake.

Per State of Michigan guidelines,
an ORV sticker is required when
riding on a public road.

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Hamlin Township Fire Department has received a $1,799.99 grant from the Great Lakes Energy People Fund. 

The grant will be used to purchase a Honda 5,000 Watt Generator.  The generator will be located in Hamlin Township’s Command Rehabilitation Trailer/Center.  The Command Rehabilitation will house the Department’s ice rescue equipment, search and rescue packs, radios/pagers for inter communication with department personnel and other agencies.  The on-scene Command Rehabilitation Trailer is designed to provide firefighters and other emergency personnel with a safe, clean and reliable rehabilitation facility. 

Members of the Great Lakes Energy support the People Fund by voluntarily rounding up their bills to the next highest dollar.  The rounded up amount is distributed to non-profit organizations and charitable activities that benefit people in communities served by the cooperative.  Visit gtlakes.com for details.

Thanks to the Great Lakes Energy People Fund

New Law Bans Certain Open Burning

Michigan is the last great Lakes state that allows rural residents to incinerate household waste in burn barrels. However, a new law rules out burning some materials.

In April, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley signed HB 4207, banning the uncontrolled burning of plastic, rubber, foam, chemically treated wood, textiles, electronics, chemicals and hazardous materials. The bill became Public Act 102 of 2012. Rural residents still can burn yard waste such as brush and leaves, and household waste such as cardboard and paper products.

888-STOP-CRIME --- 1-888-786-7274
www.lsotip.com (Email) OR
TEXT “LSOTIP”ťand your tip to 274637 (CRIMES)

A safe and anonymous way of reporting crime by telephone, e-mail or text message.

Sponsored by SSCENT, Mason/Oceana Central Dispatch, Manistee Central Dispatch, and a public safety granted awarded by the Manistee County Local Revenue Sharing Board.

If you are working within the road right-of-way, please remember that a permit from the Mason County Road Commission is needed. Mason County Road Commission is located in Scottville. # 231-757-2882.

More Info

3775 North Jebavy Drive
Ludington, MI  49431
Phone: (231) 845-7801Fax: (231) 843-1471
E-Mail: hamlintwp@hamlintownship.org

Office Hours: 
Monday thru Friday 
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Closed 12:00 to 12:30 for lunch 

Hamlin Township was established on February 28, 1861 by the Michigan State Legislatures. It is named after Hannibal Hamlin, Vice President from 1860 to 1864 under President Abraham Lincoln. The first settlement in Hamlin Township was made by Charley Mears, in 1858 in Section Two. The next settlers were Mr. and Mrs. Louis Sladick in Section 12. A railroad traveled from Ludington to the North Bayou, it was called the Dummy Line. When the first people settled in the Township, there were woods all around. As years went past and the population grew, more timber was cut and now there are very little woods standing. At one point, there were 84 farms in Hamlin Township. Hamlin Lake hotels and large resorts added much interest to Hamlin Township.

Today, Hamlin Township is the largest Residential Township in Mason County with a population of 3711 per the 2020 US Census. Hamlin Township provides some of the very best summer and winter recreational activities, with new and older homes blending for a delightful community with very little industry. Hamlin Township can truly boast "one-of-a-kind" status and is home to beautiful Hamlin Lake. Hamlin Lake, a man-made lake, is more than 12 miles long and 5,000 acres large that originated during the logging hey-day when lumbermen dammed the Big Sable River to make an enormous holding pond for trees that were felled upstream.

Thank you for visiting our new website. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Nancy Vandervest
Hamlin Township Supervisor
231-845-7801 Ext 2 OR 231-510-0076

Office Hours: 8 am to 4:30 pm Monday thru Friday

Number of Parcels of Land:  3,831
Number of Parcels with Principal Residence:  1,856
Number of parcels of vacant land in all classes:  973

Number of Commercial Parcels:  82 Total (74 Improved AND 8 Vacant) 
Number of Industrial Parcels:  24 (10 Improved AND 14 Vacant) 
Number of Agricultural Parcels:  29 (4 Improved AND 25 Vacant) 
Number of Residential Parcels:  3,097 (2171 Improved AND 926 Vacant) 
Updated 3-29-2021

February 26, 2017

February 26, 2017

Please note that our Township has regular office hours Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM. Usually, you will find someone at the Township Hall earlier, later, and throughout the lunch hour. We are always happy to answer questions. The Township Hall is closed for holidays and occasionally during the week due to short staff times.

2012 Clean-Up Day

Hamlin Township
Sesquicentennial Celebration
1861 - 2011

Celebrating the past, present and future.

February 28, 2011 Anniversary Open House Photos

Left to Right:
Gail Hanna, Carol Parkinson, Janet Gaghen, Judy Thorp, Mike Nagle, Nancy Vandervest

August 6, 2011 and August 7, 2011 (Boat Regetta)
Boat Regetta Results
1st Place: Larry & Barb Scherer & Crew
2nd Place: Jim & Marilyn Pinkerton & Crew
3rd Place: Joe & Janet Gaghen & Grew
Thanks to the Judges:
Johnaiine Gurzynski
Wayne Disegna
Hank Wykretowicz

Click below for more photos of the:

150th Celebration


4th of July Float

Hamlin Township Celebrating 150 Years in 2011



Hamlin Township recognizes its responsibilities to each of its constituents and Township officials make this pledge as a statement of the Township’s values and purpose as we conduct Township business.
*Hamlin Township will strive to serve its Township constituents with dependable and efficient service.  The highest standards and lawfully executed service will be our goal.
*Hamlin Township will strive to be a place where employees are encouraged to expand their knowledge and fulfill their individual potentials.  One of the Township’s premier goals is to be considered an invaluable work place by each of our employees.

 *Hamlin Township will strive to conduct its affairs in a socially responsible, lawful manner while maintaining a kind and courteous workplace.
We will always strive to utilize ethical practices and compassion for the needs of those around us and to reflect those ideals in our Township decisions.
Adopted in Hamlin Township’s General Policy Manual 10-13-2011.

The information provided on the Hamlin Township web site is accurate to the best of our knowledge and is subject to change on a regular basis, without notice. Although the information in these pages is updated frequently, it is NOT as up-to-date as the information available at the Hamlin Township offices. While it is our goal to provide useful information, we do NOT warrant the information to be authoritative, complete, final, factual, timely or accurate. Hamlin Township is NOT responsible for the content of any off-site pages referenced or linked to.
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