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Situated on the northern end of George Lake, and around Shingle Lake, Lake George, Michigan is an unincorporated community in the northwest segment of Lincoln Township, Clare County.

George Lake is a 134-acre lake. The elongated lake stretches southeast from Lake George. Just west of the north tip of George Lake is Shingle Lake, a 65-acre body of water. Shingle Creek connects Shingle Lake with Doc and Tom Lake, to the southwest.

The chief routes through the village are Arbor Drive, Arthur Road, Bringold Avenue, and Mannsiding Road. The unincorporated community of Temple is just over eight miles north and west, and Lake is about ten miles to the north and east, while Harrison, Farwell, Marion, and Clare are the only incorporated cities or villages within twenty miles of Lake George.

The wooded character of the land in the Lake George area supports a variety of wildlife, such as whitetail deer, wild turkeys, pheasant, and other game animals, and fishing in local lakes can yield largemouth bass, rock bass, bluegill, bullhead catfish, perch, pike, and sunfish.

Given its two lakes, and proximity to several others in the north-central portion of the Lower Peninsula, outdoor recreation and vacation travel are significant components to the economy of the small village, although it was founded as a lumber settlement in the late 1870s, and named for its founder, George Lake.

In 1877, Winfield Scott Gerrish constructed a seven-mile logging railroad from Lake George to the Muskegon River. Traffic on the narrow-gauge line was restricted to the transport of pine logs from the forests around Lake George to the river, where they could be floated to the mills. However, in 1882, the Lake George & Muskegon River Railroad was seized for taxes by the state. The amount owed was $1,400.

Also serving the lumber industry, the Toledo, Ann Arbor & Northern Railroad opened a station at Lake George around 1880, including a passing siding with a 93-car capacity. A post office was established on December 8, 1899, with Edward J. Roys, a lumberman, as the first postmaster.

On July 29, 1925, there was a head-on collision between a passenger train and a freight train at Lake George, resulting in the death of one employee and injuries to two passengers and two employees. The only building left standing at the site of the collision was the depot itself.

As an unincorporated community, there are no defined boundaries for Lake George. Online resources for businesses, industries, schools, churches, organizations, attractions, events, and recreational opportunities within the area locally identified as Lake George, or within the Lake George postal area, are appropriate for this portion of our guide, along with informational sites referencing the townsite.



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