Duck Lake, Calhoun County, Michigan is a beautiful lake with clear water and ample opportunities for boating, fishing and sailing.
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The Duck Lake Association is a Michigan Non-Profit Lake Association


Duck Lake Association 2018 Meeting Dates - April 10, May 8, June 13, July 10, and August 14. All dates are a Tuesday except June 13 which is a Wednesday. All meetings are at 7:00 PM at the Clarence Township Hall.


Duck Lake Outlet Dam - By Bill Taylor from Springport Signal 11/16/17

Most Duck Lake property owners have received a letter informing them that the Calhoun County Water Resources Commissioner is preparing an assessment district to pay for work on the Duck Lake dam.
 The concrete and sheet piling dam at issue was constructed in 1956, and State law requires that the Water Commissioner maintain it at an elevation of 929 feet above sea level. This elevation was established by court order in 1944 following extensive research and testimony on an appropriate level. The decision process was a complicated one that considered the opposing interests of cottagers on different parts of the Lake, the interests of several nearby farmers, and the environmental importance of protecting certain weedy shallows along the Lake's shoreline.
The dam requires repairs because chunks of ice and debris have gradually bent portions of its steel piling downward a few inches below their proper level. However, the Water Resources Commissioner is simply trying to identify the property owners that should help pay for this work at the present time. The Commissioner's recent letter states that a publicly-announced hearing will be held sometime in the near future to help do this properly.
Please note that this future assessment does not have anything to do with the current ones to pay for controlling invasive weeds in Duck Lake. It also looks like the Water Resources Commissioner plans to focus the new one on lakefront property owners only.


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Surface Water Runoff Discussions and Actions

For a long period, various Duck Lake community members have identified and been concerned about large “plumes” of muddy water seen in Duck Lake after storms. These plumes of runoff are much larger and muddier than they were in the past. The concern is whether these plumes include a variety of unwanted contaminants besides the obvious silt. For example these contaminants might include large amounts of nitrogen and phosphorus that increase the growth of hybrid Eurasian milfoil and other aquatic weeds.

Duck Lake Association President Mike Snyder asked for volunteers and Nan Hibler, Bill Taylor, Chris Parker, Mike Snyder and Ken Cool volunteered to study the issue. The committee met with Dr. Jennifer Jermalowicz-Jones of Restorative Lake Sciences (RLS) on August 8, 2017.

From the August 8 meeting, Dr. Jones suggested an “immediate localized watershed plan”. This would determine the critical source areas (CSAs) where runoff enters the lake. R.L.S. would research the locations where large amounts of surface water are running into the lake, and identify the most critical of these runoff sources (CSAs). Their work will include performing water testing to determine the contaminants that are being introduced into the lake.

The cost for research will be in the $5,000-$10,000 range, and will be an extension of the current RLS contract. The funding would probably come from Duck Lake Association funds rather than the Special Assessment money. The cost of implementing possible solutions to specific runoff problems will need to be thoroughly discussed at the appropriate time in the future.

Please note that this effort outlined above will not provide a complete Duck Lake Area watershed plan. Instead, it would provide an expeditious way to identify and address our worst runoff situations. The DLA could cooperate in obtaining a more complete Duck Lake Watershed Plan with R.L.S. or other partners in the future.

On September 7, 2017, the full Duck Lake Association Board of Directors met to discuss the suggestions resulting from the August 8 meeting with Dr. Jones. A full and engaging discussion covered many aspects of the topic. After through discussion, Jody Bilicke moved, supported by Steve Wagner, to hire RLS to conduct an immediate localized watershed study to identify Critical Source Areas and identify possible remedies. The motion includes a cap of not to exceed $10,000 of Duck Lake Association funds for the project and was unanimously approved by the Board.

Article by Mike Snyder, Bill Taylor and Ken Cool.



Apparel - Ordering Process

Take a look! A new way to order Duck Lake association apparel. Orders are now done on-line. Simply click on the following link:Duck Lake Association Apparel. There are many more choices, and your payment is done online. The next order period will be in the Spring of 2018.


Restorative Lake Sciences (RLS)

Is the firm hired to manage, consult and advise concerning invasive aquatic weeds. The 2017 RLS Duck Lake Management Plan and Study, (new fall 2017) is available on this link. Duck Lake 2017 Annual Report


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Advertising Page

Advertising - As a service to our members, the Duck Lake Association is now accepting paid advertising. Please click on the Advertising web page at  to see our ads. These businesses are supporting the Duck Lake Association - your support is appreciated!!


The ice was completely gone from Duck Lake on February 21, 2017 per Tom Fairles, who maintains this record going back 56 years.


The annual Around The Lake garage sale is held the fourth Saturday in June.