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Commerce-Lakes Area

Commerce Township | West Bloomfield | White Lake | Waterford | Walled Lake
Wolverine Lake Village | Wixom | Sylvan Lake | Keego Harbor

Commerce Twp is a community where a string of small lakes cross the western portion of Oakland County. Commerce Township is one of the communities in the Lakes Area which is heavily wooded as well. Its winding roads around the lakes provide pleasant views of the scenery, and residents enjoy year-round lake and river recreation. This is primarily a residential community. The extension of M-5 provides residents with major transportation access. Additionally, there are many points for retail shopping to serve the residents. Proud Lake State Recreation Area occupies big parcels of the township.

Source: Oakland County Planning and Economic Development Services
Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce


Walled Lake is an Oakland County Mainstreet community, the beautiful City is approximately 14 miles southwest of Pontiac and twenty miles northeast of Ann Arbor. Walled Lake is home to over 7,000 residents and is noted for its bustling community enveloped by a country atmosphere. A community that takes pride in its heritage and history. A walk through our beautiful downtown area is an enjoyable experience as you browse our quaint shops and restaurants. Walled Lake is located within close proximity to three major highways, I-96, M-59, and US-23 making for easy access to surrounding communities. Walled Lake is host to many wonderful events that are sure to please. Trails and summer festivals abound here so be sure and drop by for one of our special events. While in town be sure to stop by the Walled Lake City Offices and say hello to our friendly and helpful staff and pick up a calendar of events!

Source: Oakland County Planning and Economic Development Services
Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce


The Township of Waterford is a commercially-mixed, residential community located in the center of the county. The Oakland International Airport is base to over 850 small to mid-sized aircraft and supports over 300,000 takeoff and landings each year. Commercial development continues to expand along the major thoroughfares of M-59, Dixie Highway and Telegraph Road. Waterford Township is a Charter Township regulated by the Charter Township Act adopted by the State Legislature in 1947. The seven-member Board of Trustees consists of the Supervisor, Clerk, Treasurer, and four elected trustees. Home to 34 of Oakland Countys public and private lakes and approximately 50 miles of bike paths, Waterford Township offers a plethora of outdoor activity. Waterford is recognized for having an abundance of lakefront homes. Its robust Parks & Recreation program and natural beauty , including lakes and streams, provide recreational opportunities for active lifestyles. It is home to the Oakland County Market and many outstanding community events. Waterford is one of Oakland County’s friendliest neighborhood communities. Like the rest of Southeast Michigan, Waterford Township has a continental climate. It has a higher elevation than Detroit (982 feet (299 m) compared to 585 feet (178 m)), and therefore the township is somewhat cooler than Detroit and other nearby cities. It is moderately cold in the winter with varied snowfall throughout. Spring varies from warm by day to cool at night. The township’s warmest weather occurs in the summer with temperatures in the eighty to ninety degree range and typically high humidity. Summer is also the wettest season in the area. In recent years, Waterford Township has seen a few 100-plus degree days. Fall starts warm, but November ends with high temperatures barely above freezing.

Source: Oakland County Planning and Economic Development Services
Waterford Chamber of Commerce, Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce


White Lake Township is located near the center of Oakland County. White Lake Township provides some of the very best summer and winter recreational areas, with new and older homes blending for a delightful community with very little industry. Hills, lakes, farms and forests comprise the White Lakes character where large parcels are preserved as state recreation areas and a county park. Rural residential development and lake living is typical. White Lake Township is the site of innovation. The nearby Highland Recreation Area offers many recreational activities with trails to accommodate equestrian riders, mountain bikers, hikers and skiers. Three different day-use areas provide ample space for picnics, swimming, horseshoes or volleyball. Access sites are located on four lakes within the park for fishing and recreational boating. Located within it now is Haven Hill, the Edsel Ford estate, designed by renowned landscape architect Jens Jensen between 1922 and 1935.[11] Haven Hill is designated as a Michigan State Historical Landmark and a State Natural Preserve. Jensen’s landscape elements, with the diversity of tree, plant and animal life, combine aesthetics, history and nature.

The town is home to a ski resort known as Alpine Valley. This was opened in 1961 and has been open since. This resort, the largest in southeast Michigan, is host to multiple lifts with a range of runs available. There are also terrain parks.

There are several other public and private parks and lakes that provide recreation to residents and non-residents. Pontiac Lake State recreation area offers public boat access, is renowned for its challenging mountain bike track, and is mostly within the borders of White Lake Township. Pontiac Lake is home to the annual “Quake on the Lake” hydroplane races. White Lake (the lake) also has public access. The township is also home to several parks with public golf courses, including White Lake Oaks and Indian Springs Metropark.Detroit Edison and several manufacturers have helped to promote the concept of energy-efficient and environmentally friendly amenities in homes being built in Brentwood, a golf course community. These homes feature highly efficient geothermal heating and cooling systems. This has been the first attempt in Michigan to promote the geothermal concept in a newly developing residential community. Oaklands major east-west corridor, M-59, crosses the Township where most of the areas commercial development has occurred

Source: Oakland County Planning and Economic Development Services
Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce,_Michigan


Recipient of the University of Michigan, Dearborn School of Management’s Metro Detroit 2007, 2008 and 2010 Entrepreneurial City Awards, Wixom is located in highly affluent West Oakland County. Wixom is only 12 miles from Oakland County International Airport, 24 miles to Detroit Metropolitan Airport and 30 miles to downtown Detroit. The City offers a balanced approach to land use development with a mix of high-quality residential living, a strong diverse industrial base, one of the lowest tax rates in Oakland County and has one of the finest school districts in the state.

In 2004, the long awaited Wixom Village Center Area Development Project started to become a reality, and replaces Wixom’s downtown that was lost to fire in the late 1920’s. The community focal point is the civic complex featuring a dynamic reflecting pool with a water fall and illuminated jets all brought into balance by a performance plaza in Sibley Square and streetscape amenities. Additionally, Wixom boasts a rich historic past and a 300-acre nature preserve (The Wixom Habitat) with walking paths and wildlife viewing areas. Further, home to over 700 businesses, Wixom’s culture makes it an ideal community to locate and operate a business. Companies such as Adept Plastic Finishing, J&B Medical Supplies, American Suzuki, Behr-Hella Thermocontrol, Caraco Pharmaceuticals Laboratory, Detroit Public TV, dSpace Engineering, GM Performance Build Center, Hallite Seals America Inc., Mac Valve, Moeller Manufacturing Company and Wolverine Assemblies all have a prominent presence in Wixom. Most of Wixom is part of Walled Lake Consolidated Schools.[11][12] A small area of commercial property on the city’s southern border lies within the Novi Community Schools district,[citation needed] while the extreme southwest portion of the city is within the South Lyon Community School District.[11]

Source: Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce,_Michigan


The Village of Wolverine Lake is a residential community built around a 265 acre, all-sports lake. This 1.69 square mile village is located 29 miles from Detroit, 25 miles from Detroit Metro Airport, and only 8 miles from the Oakland International Airport. Residents have access to the lake through community parks that dot the shoreline. Some of the subdivision parks have swimming beaches and boat launch facilities so residents can fully enjoy the lake. There is also a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) public access site located off Glengary Road. Wolverine Lake Village is serviced by the Walled Lake school system and Commerce Township Fire Department. The Village Police Department shares services with Walled Lake Police Department.

Source: Oakland County Planning and Economic Development Services
Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce


West Bloomfield Township  Expansive environmental assets define the unique community of West Bloomfield Township. It has more water than all but one other municipality in the nation, and is home to 28 lakes, 150 ponds, over 3,500 acres of protected wetlands and woodlands, numerous parks, walking trails, a nationally recognized library and exemplary schools. This year the Township was ranked 12th on the list of Michigans safest municipalities by the national security organization SafeWise and Money Magazine. West Bloomfield Township is an entrepreneurial-friendly community which provides an exceptional quality of life. We are proud of our desirable schools, safe neighborhoods, award winning services, abundant leisure opportunities, and world class healthcare. West Bloomfield is sometimes referred to by its residents as the “lake township of Oakland County”,[5] being heavily dotted with small and medium-sized lakes. Cass Lake, the largest lake in the county, is in part of West Bloomfield, and Pine Lake, which has a private country club on its shore, is only a few miles away from Cass and lies completely within West Bloomfield.


Keego Harbor – The city originated as a real estate investment and planned resort established by Pontiac lawyer Joseph E. Sawyer circa 1900. The name Keego is said to mean “big fish” in an Indian language. The harbor is Dollar Lake, that was connected to Cass Lake via a new canal that developer Sawyer had dug when the town was created. The community lies along Cass Lake, one of the lakes that make up the lakes district of western Oakland County, an area renowned for its water recreation resources. Keego Harbor is within the West Bloomfield School District.


Sylvan Lake – The Prettiest Little City in the State of Michigan. Residents rave about all there is in Sylvan Lake, a beautiful hidden community in the middle of busy, but wonderful Oakland County. A mile of city-owned lakefront property, two private beaches and parks, restrooms, tennis courts, bocce ball courts, volleyball court, a beautiful Community Center on a spectacular setting, dock spaces that non-lakefront property owners can lease at an exceptional price, and the Clinton River Trail. The lake and tree lined streets enchants homeowners with a peaceful setting and small town charm. The area gives residents the best of both worlds offering safety and quality of life. This is Pure Michigan!



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