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Paw Paw Lake Management Plan

Paw Paw Lake Management Working Group


Joe Stepich

Watervliet Charter Township Supervisor


Ken Parrigin

Coloma Charter Township Supervisor


Joe Pater

Watervliet Charter Township


Bryan Duffield

Coloma Charter Township Trustee


Charlie Pater

Paw Paw Lake Association


Mike Bond

Paw Paw Lake Foundation



Paul Hausler

Progressive Companies - Lake Management Consultant


Ehrland Bosworth

Spicer Group


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Stated goals of the plan include:

  • Manage and control invasive and nuisance species.

  • Improve overall water quality and water clarity – halt/reverse lake degradation.

  • Improve fisheries, wildlife, recreational, and aesthetic values of the lake.

  • Provide educational outreach.

  • Measure success of the plan.

Click here for a copy of the 2024 Paw Paw Lake Management Plan.


Over the years, a wealth of information has been compiled about Paw Paw Lake and its watershed. This website provides various facts and figures regarding Paw Paw Lake along with an overview of ongoing lake improvement activities.

Meeting Schedules

Coloma Charter Township: 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Coloma Charter Township Hall located at 4919 Paw Paw Lake Rd., Coloma, MI.

Watervliet Charter Township: 3rd Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Watervliet Charter Township Hall located at 4959 M-140 Watervliet, MI 

Since 2012, a management plan has been underway to help monitor and improve conditions in Paw Paw Lake. The plan is being coordinated under the direction of Coloma and Watervliet Charter Townships with assistance from environmental and engineering consultants. The plan is funded through special assessment districts established under Michigan’s township public improvement statute (Public Act 188 of 1954).

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Public Hearing Information

The Township Boards of Coloma Charter Township and Watervliet Charter Township held joint Public Hearings at 10:00 am on Saturday, June 8, 2024 at the Coloma Charter Township Hall. Approximately 80 people attended the hearings.

A new four-year program as outlined in the Paw Paw Lake Management Plan in the link above and included in the slide presentation (link below) was presented and discussed. After the public comment discussion period ended, the two township boards unanimously continued the Paw Paw Lake management project according to the plan and renewed assessments for four additional years.

Click the links below to view the following documents:

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