First of all Wolverine Lake is a very small community, it is only about 1.68 acres in size. .41 square miles of the community is water. The actual land area of the village is 1.27 miles in size. It has no centralized downtown, no stores, no restaurants in centralized area. If you are looking for a community with a centralized downtown, then closest ones are Milford, Farmington, or a small downtown in Walled Lake. If you did not know about the community you may not even notice it. It is just an average community. You would not even know that the streets in Wolverine Lake were any different that a nearby Commerce Township street.
Being so small and size and the homes not jammed together the population is only about 4300 residents. A small community with a small time atmosphere. It has a large park (2) called the Clara Miller Park and Spring Lake Heights Park. They have several community events. Tiki Night on the lake with fireworks, the corn roast, and Tuesday in the Parks are some of the events the village puts on. They also have a Christmas and Halloween decorating contest.
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Wolverine Lake was created in the 1920s through a private damming project funded by local dentist and developer Howard Stuart. Wolverine Lake was created from six small lakes; Spring, Mayze, Pork Barrel, Bicking, Taylor and Bradley, all surrounded by marsh land. Though there were trials and tribulations on bringing the damning of the lake it finally succeeded. Like so many lakes of the time the lots were smaller because the cottages were smaller. Again like so many other lakes in Oakland and Livingston County people built small homes down the side streets of the lake. The streets radiated out from the lake.
Residents' concern for their lake and the desire to maintain control of it led to the formation of the Consolidated Subdivision of Wolverine Lake. Eight separate subdivision associations joined together in the early 1940s to form a more viable political force. Attempts to divide the lake and the surrounding community by annexation or incorporation by the neighboring communities led the Consolidated Subdivision to try for incorporation as a home rule Village in 1954. A charter was approved by Governor G. Mennen Williams on May 11, 1954 and adopted by the voters on June 7, 1954.
As you can see from the map above Wolverine Lake is not too far from the M-5 connector to the east and north of I-696. It's just a short ride to access the freeways. It is about a 34-40 minute ride to metro airport and about a 40-45 minute ride to downtown Detroit. Once you get on I-696 you can connect to all the other freeways around Detroit making your commute easier.
Wolverine Lake was named after the Michigan animal the ferocious Wolverine. The lake is shaped like a "T". It has several islands, bays, and canals. The lake has lots of contours. A great lake whether you are on a pontoon or a speed boat.
I would say Wolverine Lake is a community of homes that is loosely regulated. There is not a lot of vacant land in the village. A scattered lot here or there.There is not a lot of commercial businesses in the village. There is a small strip mall with a few stores, the good Dairy Twist. Some of the other businesses are the Wolverine Party Store, the Glengary Inn, a credit Union, a 7 eleven, and friends of Eagles. No grocery store right in the village. Most of your nearby shopping will be a little south in Walled Lake and if you want a lot of shopping you will go to Novi.
I hope this explains what Wolverine Lake is like. It's a average town. A safe town. The village has it's own police force that is dispatched by the Oakland County Sheriff. Commerce Township Fire Department protects the residents of the Village in fire and medical emergencies. How safe is Wolverine Lake MI? The village is one of the safest in both Michigan and the nation. Wolverine Lake's crime rate is just 3 per 1,000 people. If you move to the community crime is going to be one of your least concerns.Wolverine Lake is a small, safe community with good schools. It is a community that is centered around a lake. A good place to live. Whether you are single, retired or have a family you will like Wolverine Lake. A nice place to call home. So much to see and do. You have everything you need with a short drive away. Give me a call..... I will explain to you the benefits of living in Wolverine Lake. I know the local communities and provide you with all the information you need to make a good decision. Call or text me at 248-310-6239.