Permits Needed

A reminder that permits are needed for the following:

Outdoor Burning – Call 269-686-5222
Putting in a Permanent Dock – Call 517-373-9244
Adding Soil to or Removing Soil from the Lake – Call 269-673-5411
Constructing a Seawall – Call 517-373-9244
All Building/Construction – Call Tasha Smalley at 800-626-5964

Anti-Phosphorous Ordinance

Allegan County bans the use of fertilizers containing phosphorous on lawns. The purpose of the ordinance is to prevent phosphorous from leaking into county lakes and streams.  This ban applies only to lawns. It does not apply to newly established lawns during their first season or to flowerbeds and shrubbery.  Fines for ignoring the ordinance range from $50.00 to $300.00.  Stores in the area carry phosphorus-free fertilizers.  For more information, download the Phosphorous Fertilizer Ban brochure or visit and

No Fertilizer Buffer Zone

Leave a minimum of ten feet between the lake and where you begin to fertilize your lawn to prevent the fertilizer from washing into the lake. A 25-foot buffer is ideal!

Septic System Maintenance

Keeping your septic system in good working order is one of the best things you can do to help maintain the quality of our lake water. Have your septic tank pumped out by a licensed operator every two or three years. For answers to septic system concerns, contact the Allegan County Health Department at 269-673-5415.

Wake Free Zone

In order to protect its fragile shoreline, the channel is a wake-free zone. Thank you for your cooperation.

Landscaping at the Lake’s Edge

Growing plants such as shrubs and wildflowers at the water’s edge helps keep the water cool, pure, and clean, according to the Macatawa Watershed Project.  The plants also filter pollutants, prevent erosion, and reduce sedimentation.  Grass along the water’s edge offers little protection. The comparatively shallow roots of grass are less effective at infiltrating runoff and preventing erosion.

Invasive Plants

Purple Loosestrife and Garlic Mustard are extremely invasive plants and they are invading the Hutchins Lake area. These plants are a serious threat to our lake habitat!  If we do not get rid of them, they will take over native plants.

Purple Loosestrife – Invasive Plant!

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Garlic Mustard – Invasive Plant!


To learn how to identify these plants, go to the Web. Search for “garlic mustard images” and “purple loosestrife images.”

When you identify garlic mustard or purple loosestrife plants on your property, do the following:

  1. Pull up the plants.
  2. Put them in large bags to dry.
  3. Burn the dried plants

Do your part. Pull them out!