Silver Lake (Waterford Township, Michigan)

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Silver Lake
LocationOakland County, Michigan
Coordinates42°40′41″N 83°20′25″W / 42.677975°N 83.340221°W / 42.677975; -83.340221Coordinates: 42°40′41″N 83°20′25″W / 42.677975°N 83.340221°W / 42.677975; -83.340221
Basin countriesUnited States
Surface area101 acres (41 ha)
Max. depth73 ft (22 m)
Surface elevation948 feet (289 m)[1]
SettlementsWaterford Township

Silver Lake is a freshwater lake located in Waterford Township, Michigan in Oakland County, Michigan, United States.

The lake is located south of Walton Blvd., north of Silver Lake Road, and east of Dixie Highway.

Silver Lake is located on the Clinton River watershed. Silver lake connects with Loon Lake to the west and with Upper Silver Lake (35.5 acres) to the east.[2][3]

The sand-bottom lake is 101 acres.[4]

At its deepest point, the lake is 73 feet deep, making it the ninth deepest lake in Oakland County.[5] The ten deepest lakes in Oakland County are:[6]

1. Cass Lake (Waterford Twp. and West Bloomfield Twp.) 123 feet
2. Maceday Lake (Waterford Twp.) 117 feet
3t. Orchard Lake (West Bloomfield Twp.) 110 feet
3t. Union Lake (Commerce Twp.) 110 feet
5. Walnut Lake (West Bloomfield Twp.) 101 feet
6t. Van Norman Lake (Independence Twp. and Waterford Twp.) 90 feet
6t. Pine Lake (West Bloomfield Twp.) 90 feet
8. Lake Angelus (Auburn Hills) 88 feet
9t. Loon Lake (Waterford Twp.) 73 feet
9t. Silver Lake (Waterford Twp.) 73 feet

Historical significance[edit]

In 1818, Major and Mrs. Oliver Williams and their eight children set out to settle Oakland County along with Mr. and Mrs. Alpheus Williams, their four daughters and two sons, and Captain Archibald Phillips. Major Williams and his family established the first farm settlement in the county on the south shore of Silver Lake. Their farm was the first farm settlement on the Saginaw Trail.

In 1821, the first school in Oakland County was started in the loft of Oliver Williams' sheep barn on the banks of Silver Lake. There were seven students.[7]

In 1822, the first schoolhouse built of logs on Oliver Williams farm, south of Silver Lake. This was first school building in Oakland County and had 13 students.[7]


Silver Lake is surrounded by heavily-wooded residential neighborhoods on all sides of the lake. There is a private boat ramp off of Walton Blvd.[8]


Silver Lake contains a variety of fish, including black crappie, bluegill, largemouth bass, rock bass, smallmouth bass, sunfish, and yellow perch.[9]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Silver Lake (Waterford Township, Michigan)
  2. ^ "Upper Silver Lake Waterford Twp Michigan". Russ Ravary.
  3. ^ "Silver Lake".
  4. ^ "Lake and Fishing Information for Silver Lake - Oakland County, Michigan". Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  5. ^ "Oakland County MI Lakes". Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  6. ^ "Search Results - Lakelubbers".
  7. ^ a b "Waterford Township Historical Timeline - Waterford, MI".
  8. ^ name="lakeplace1"
  9. ^ "Lake and Fishing Information for Loon Lake - Oakland County, Michigan". Retrieved 2016-03-05.