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July 3, 2024 For Immediate Release: No Name Road from Lake Shore Drive to Decker Road Hamlin Township, Mason County No Name Road is closed to thru traffic for clearing, ditching, gravel base, HMA paving and restoration. The road reconstruction work is anticipated to take 2 to 3 weeks. Road reconstruction projects are by nature inconvenient for the motoring public and residents who live on the road. The residents who live along the road will have access maintained to the roadway and their driveways. Please allow additional time when leaving or returning to your residence. There will be times when the project is dirty, dusty, and noisy during the construction project. Please be careful when driving and approaching workers and construction equipment. Make sure the equipment operator sees you before you get close to him. The MCRC has signs and barricades set up to warn motorists about the construction project. The project is anticipated to be substantially completed by July 19th, 2024. The MCRC & Hamlin Township appreciates your patience and cooperation during this project.


The Township garbage bags can be purchased at Hamlin Grocery with cash or check. Please make your check payable to Hamlin Township.
Purple Bags - $8.00 AND Green Bags - $14.00. Effective Immediately. Please show proper respect to the staff at Hamlin Grocery.

Township Bags can also be purchased at the Hamlin Township Office Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

MDOT seeks input from vulnerable road users

Residents who enjoy walking, biking or rolling by nonmotorized forms of transportation on public roads can share their insights through Aug. 18 with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), which is conducting a vulnerable road user safety assessment through a
15-question survey. MDOT is also hosting open houses throughout the state in the coming weeks, including July 2 at the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, and July 3 at both the Mackinaw City and St. Ignace Welcome Centers. MDOT representatives will be at these locations from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Click here for more information and future open houses.
Vulnerable Road User Safety Assessment Survey


Please click the link below for more information.
Public Notice for Lakeshore Drive


The Community Foundation for Mason County, along with key community stakeholders, is launching a survey to seek input to measure community interest in exploring the potential for a new multigenerational community center for people of all ages to enjoy social, cultural, recreational, fitness, and educational activities.

Multigenerational community centers are designed to be quality-of-life facilities where individuals from different age groups can come together to engage in various activities. These centers aim to foster social connections, provide educational opportunities, and offer recreational and fitness programs tailored to the unique needs of the local community.

The survey is a critical component of a feasibility study, which will assess the community’s desire to have such a facility in Mason County, gather opinions regarding potential location, and identify the types of amenities and services that should be considered if the project were to proceed.

This public survey and feasibility initiative is a collaborative effort involving primary stakeholders, including the Community Foundation for Mason County, the County of Mason, the Chamber Alliance of Mason County, Corewell Health Ludington Hospital, Ludington Area Schools, Hamlin Township, Mason County Central Schools, Mason County Eastern Schools, the City of Ludington, Pere Marquette Charter Township, the City of Scottville, Lakeshore Food Club, the District 10 Health Department, and West Shore Community College. You may find additional information on our website here.

Your input is vital as we explore the possibility of creating this type of development in Mason County. Paper copies of the survey are available at the Ludington and Scottville libraries, as well as the Chamber Alliance of Mason County office at 119 S.Rath Ave.

2024 Tire Recycling Collection Day is scheduled for Saturday, August 10, 2024. Secure voucher after May 1, 2024 at the Hamlin Township Office. All instructions are listed on the voucher.


April 11, 2024
May 9, 2024
June 13, 2024
July 11, 2024
August 15, 2024
September 12, 2024
   October 10, 2024
November 14, 2024
December 12, 2024
January 16, 2025
February 13, 2025
March 13, 2025

All meetings listed above to begin at 6:00 PM

March 27, 2025 – 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).

2024- 2025

Decals will be available on or after March 1, 2024 for the next fiscal year beginning 4-1-2024 and run through 3-31-2025. $20.00 for Hamlin Township Residents.


Meetings will be held at Mason County Airport Terminal Conference Room 5300 U.S. 10, Ludington, MI 49431
These meetings are open to the public.

MARCH 12th TUESDAY 9:00 A.M.
MAY 14th TUESDAY 9:00 A.M.
MAY 28th Work Session Tuesday 7:00 PM
JUNE 11th TUESDAY 7:00 P.M.
JULY 9th TUESDAY 9:00 A.M.
JULY 30th Work Session TUESDAY 7:00 P.M.
August 13th Tuesday 7:00 P.M.
SEPTEMBER 24 th Work Session TUESDAY 7:00 P.M.
October 24th Special Meeting Tuesday 7:00 P.M.
NOVEMBER 26th Work Session TUESDAY 7:00 P.M.
DECEMBER ?? Work Session TUESDAY 7:00 P.M.
JANUARY 14th , 2025 TUESDAY 9:00 A.M.

Regular meetings of the Mason County Board of Road Commissioners are generally scheduled for the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. Meetings are held at 10:00 am on the following scheduled dates at 510 E. State St., Scottville, MI.

February 22, 2024
March 14, 2024
March 28, 2024
April 11, 2024
April 25, 2024
May 9, 2024
May 23, 2024
June 13th and June 27th, 2024
July 11th and July 25th, 2024
August 8th and August 22, 2024
September 5th and September 26, 2024
October 10th and October 24th, 2024
November 14, 2024
November 27, 2024 (Wednesday)
December 12, 2024
December 26, 2024

Any changes made in the above dates will be posted at the Mason County Road Commission. Anyone needing auxiliary aids or services should contact the MCRC office 24 hours prior to the meeting. Minutes for each meeting are available at 510 E. State St., Scottville, MI and at www.masoncountyroads.com. 510 E. State St., PO Box 247, Scottville MI 49454-0247 - www.masoncountyroads.com Office: (231) 757-2882 - Fax: (231) 757-2662 - e-mail: info@masoncountyroads.com.

The 2024 -2025 Hamlin Township Recycling Decal will be available at the Township Office for purchase after March 1, 2024. A Recycling Voucher is required to use the recycling center. Yearly cost for residents is $20.00 and will run from April 1, 2024 to March 31, 2025. Please recycle correctly. Thank you.

March 5th - Organizational Meeting - 11:30 am
March 12th - MARCH BOARD OF REVIEW - 2 pm to 9 pm (break for dinner from 5pm to 6pm)
March 14th - MARCH BOARD OF REVIEW -  9 am to 4 pm (break for lunch from 12pm to 1pm)
July 16th - JULY BOARD OF REVIEW - 11:00 am (as long as there is business to conduct)
December 10th - DECEMBER BOARD OF REVIEW - 11:00 am (as long as there is business to conduct).
All meetings will be held at the Hamlin Township Hall, 3775 N. Jebavy Drive, Ludington MI.  All meetings are open to the public.
Notice is posted in compliance with PA 267 of 1976 (Open Meetings Act), MCLA 41.72a (2) (3) and Americans with Disabilities act (ADA).  Michigan's Open Meeting Act (OMA), MCL 15.261 et seq.


The current Hamlin Township Short Term Rental is listed under the Zoning Tab.  Please take  note that this ordinance is acting as temporary guidelines for Short Term Rentals.  This ordinance is currently being thoroughly reviewed to include comprehensive guidelines to protect the health, safety and welfare of the Township.  

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.

The Hamlin Township Fire Department ran 309 calls for service from January 1, 2023 to December 31, 2023. Much appreciation to our volunteer Fire Department. The volunteers put a great amount of time into the Township and it is greatly appreciated. Hamlin Township has an outstanding Fire Department with dedicated individuals.

Click here for Recreation Plan posted 4/16/2022

Hamlin Township Master Plan July 2021 Update

New Short Term Rental Agreement

Amendments to Zoning Ordinance45

""""ATTENTION"""" Any accessory building/shed under 200 square feet will now require a zoning permit. This is a 'no charge' permit but necessary for record keeping.

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

The Township garbage bags can be purchased at Hamlin Grocery with cash or check. Please make your check payable to Hamlin Township.
Purple Bags - $8.00 AND Green Bags - $14.00. Effective Immediately. Please show proper respect to the staff at Hamlin Grocery.

Township Bags can also be purchased at the Hamlin Township Office Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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


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.

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

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. 

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://public.coderedweb.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.)   

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


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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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

8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

OFFICE HOURS: Zoning Administrator: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM AND 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM.Friday's 8 AM - 9:00 AM AND 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM.If you need to meet with the Zoning Administrator other than the times listed, please contact him at 231-845-7801 Ext. 1 or hamlinzoning@gmail.com

September 6, 2022; New Playground Equipment at Wilson Hill Park in memory of Richard and Alison Puffer. Thank you to the Hamlin Lake Preservation Society, the volunteers and Lowe's for their donation.

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

2022 Hamlin Township Parcel Count: 
Number of Real & Personal Properties:  3,293
Number of Agricultural Real Properties:  5
Number of Commerical Real Properties: 59
Number of Industrial Real Properties: 24
Number of Residential Real Properties: 3,128
Total Real Properties:  3,216
Total Personal Properties:  77

Updated 6-08-2022



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.

Hamlin Township Parcel Count: 
Number of Real & Personal Properties:  3,310
Number of Agricultural Real Properties:  5
Number of Commerical Real Properties: 63
Number of Industrial Real Properties: 24
Number of Residential Real Properties: 3,139
Total Real Properties:  3,231
Total Personal Properties:  79

Total Real & Personal Properties: 3,312
Total Agricultural: 6
Total Commercial: 63
Total Industrial: 24
Total Residential: 3,138
Total Personal: 81
2024 State Equalized Value: $464,729,900 (17.86% change from last year)
2024 Taxable Value: $ 307,706,180 (6.96% change from last year)

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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