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Hess Lake Facts

1. Located mostly in Brooks & some of Grant Township, Newaygo County, Michigan 

2. Approximately 755 acres

3. Average depth about 6 feet

4. Lake Perimeter about 5.72 miles

5. Watershed area about 15 square miles, mostly south of the lake

6. Two major Tributaries, Wheeler and Alger Drain/Creek 

7. Four unnamed Tributaries 

8. Hess Lake drains into Brooks Lake to Brooks Creek to Muskegon River to Lake Michigan 

9. One public access managed by the DNR

10. 381 lakeside parcels 1972 vs about 382 in 2016

11. Hess Lake Board - has legal taxing authority, 5 representatives 

12. Hess Lake Improvement Association - non profit 


13. All homes use Septic Systems 


14. Hess Lake used to be named Big Brooks Lake, not sure date of name change

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