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"Take back our Lake" 

Urgency - We need to get our lake bed cleaned up this fall.  There is a chance the water may came up from 3 inches to 1 foot when they change the gates in the spring. 

UPDATE 9-30-23

A group met on Saturday morning Sept. 30.  Stephanie Stevens and Dale Hendershot had surveyed the lake with maps from Onx hunt.  Problem areas were identified, if beyond the 40 feet they will be passed on to Mark Mudge for the township to review.  With the current letter that went out it is hoped many owners will get their areas cleared up.  The primary concern is the trees.  Please get any trees on your riverbed cut down. WE ALL NEED TO CHECK WITH NEIGHBORS AND ENCOURAGE AND HELP EACH OTHER TO GET OUR RIVER BOTTOMS CLEARED.  Some ideas were shared to raise money to help assist owners who are not able to clear their riverbeds.  We will be getting back to you as they develop.  

If you know of anyone who is not able to take care of their lake bottom OR had Phragmites or Loosestrife on their lake bottom ( see explanation below) , please leave a message for Donna Hendershot at 989-426-8085.  There will probably be no answer but leave your number and name so we can return your call and add thier name to the list.  

The Smallwood Lake Association has started a River bottom Brush fund to help clear the trees etc. from the lake bottoms before the water returns. 

Send donations to Smallwood Lake Association  89 Lakeview Dr.  Gladwin Michigan 48624

It is important for us to share our opinion on the joint venture between Hay, Secord, and Tobacco township about a recreational plan for the Four Lakes Region.

Please take the survey at   

Plan for Lake Bottom

It is up to us to get ready for our water to return.  Here is what is allowed and not allowed to do. 
WE are responsibleMost important -
Do not disturb the roots in the lake bottom.

We can cut off stumps above the water line but do not disturb the roots. 
Read the Plan for detained information.

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Invasive species are being found on the lake bed. 

Invsive Phragmites
Purple Loosestrife

If you find any of these two plants on your lake bed please contact Donna Hendershot and we'll get in touch with Four Lakes for assistance or directions.

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The Smallwood Lake Association is a group of concerned citizens, who are dedicated to the maintenance, safety, preservation, and beautification of that portion of the Tittabawassee River known as Smallwood Lake.

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