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Spring Lake Township
Where Nature Smiles for Seven Miles
Sailing on Spring Lake, Michigan
ca. 1930–1945
Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

Hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) is an invasive species now established in Ottawa. HWA is an insect that targets hemlocks as their source of food. They can be found at the base of hemlock needles on the undersides of branches.

Late fall through early spring is the best time to check hemlock trees. Look on the undersides of branches for evidence of round, white ovisacs near the base of the needles. Report infested hemlock trees by using the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network, available online at MISIN.MSU.edu.

Infested hemlock trees can be treated with specific insecticides to prevent HWA establishment or to destroy existing HWA. Reporting infested trees, even if you will be managing them on your own, is important to help determine how far HWA has spread. This information also indicates where additional surveys may be needed.

The invasive pest can be spread by wind, mammals and birds, with birds being one of the primary ways HWA can move. Humans can also spread HWA through vehicles, trailers and campers that come in contact with infested trees and then move to a different location.

Ottawa County, along with Allegan, Muskegon and Oceana Counties, is a quarantine area for hemlock woolly adelgid. Movement of hemlock trees, boughs, firewood, logs or limbs is prohibited without a compliance agreement.

State of Michigan Woolly Adelgid Information

Deputy Security Check

Deputy Security Check

Taking a vacation? Leaving for warmer weather?

Spring Lake Township, through its community policing officer, provides free vacation security checks to its citizens who will be away from their homes, businesses, or other facilities for a period of time. Deputies will periodically check the exterior of the property. This service is offered to deter potential burglars and provides additional security while your property is unoccupied.

Any resident that will be out of the area may use the program, whether you are leaving for a short time or if you will be gone for several months. To request a property check, please submit the Property Check Form at least two weeks prior to your departure.

Home Security Check Form

148th Ave Closed

148th Ave Closed

map of 148th Ave construction project

148th Ave is now open. Work will progress east along the North Bank Trail to the Hathaway Lakes subdivision.

The North Bank Trail is closed in the immediate construction area between 148th Ave and 144th Ave. Work between 148th Ave and 144th Ave is expected to be completed near the end of September, after which the work area will move east of 144th Ave.

 

Construction Project Updates

Rycenga Park Reservations

Rycenga Park is located at 16401 Hemlock Road. For park shelter reservations, use the online reservation form. Reservations open 1 year ahead of the date. Reservations are available from May 15 to September 30. Reservations are not taken for dates outside these dates.

Reservation fees are based on 1/2 day blocks – 9am-2:30pm or 3:30pm-9pm
Township residents: $45/block or $90 for the full day
Township non-residents: $65/block or $130 for the full day

Electricity is provided in the shelters. If the outlets are overloaded, the GFI circuit may trip. Please try using the reset button on the outlet before calling for help.

Dogs must be leashed. No dogs are allowed on the playground or the athletic fields.

Online  Shelter Reservations

Meetings & Events

September 28, 2021
9:30am - 10:00am
Election Commission
Township Hall, 101 S Buchanan
Spring Lake, MI
October 7, 2021
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Recreation Committee
Barber School, 102 West Exchange Street
Spring Lake, MI
October 11, 2021
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Board of Trustees
Barber School, 102 West Exchange Street
Spring Lake, MI
October 20, 2021
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Planning Commission
Barber School, 102 West Exchange Street
Spring Lake, MI
October 28, 2021
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Zoning Board of Appeals
Barber School, 102 West Exchange Street
Spring Lake, MI
November 8, 2021
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Board of Trustees
Barber School, 102 West Exchange Street
Spring Lake, MI
November 11, 2021
All Day
Township Hall Closed
November 17, 2021
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Planning Commission
Barber School, 102 West Exchange Street
Spring Lake, MI

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