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Straddling Sherman and Broomfield townships, in west Isabella County, the Village of Lake Isabella, Michigan is situated on all sides of the 701-acre lake by that name.

Founded in the late 1960s and incorporated in 1998, Lake Isabella is one of Michigan's youngest villages. In land area, it is the second-largest village in the state, and it has the second-largest street network of any village in Michigan.

Cities and villages within twenty miles of the village include Mt. Pleasant, Rosebush, Barryton, Mecosta, and Farwell, while the unincorporated communities of Weidman, Broomfield Center, and Beal City are within ten miles of Lake Isabella.

The village began as a commercial development in the late 1960s, brought about by Golden Grigg, Nephi Grigg, and Leo Gatehouse.

Beginning as door-to-door salesmen in the early 1900s, the Grigg brothers' business expanded to include a produce and dairy farm, a restaurant, an appliance store, and insurance and real estate businesses. In the early 1950s, they acquired a bankrupt frozen food business in Oregon, as well as a processing plant, and renamed their business as Ore-Ida Potato Products, which they later sold to the H.J. Heinz Company.

Along with Leo Gatehouse, the brothers devised a plan to dam the Chippewa River, creating a lake with a residential development around it. Accomplished in 1968, the community was formed as a four-season recreational community.

Prior to its incorporation as a village in 1998, the Lake Isabella community affairs were in the hands of the Lake Isabella Property Owner's Association, Isabella County, Sherman Township, and Broomfield Township, and the LIPOA continues to be active in the affairs of the community, with control over most of the parks within the village, the Lake Isabella Dam, and interests in the environmental concerns regarding the lake.

When Lake Isabella was incorporated in 1998, the village was the first new village in the state in more than fifty years.

Near the eastern shores of the lake, the Pines Golf Course includes a championship course and a restaurant, and the Cal Brewer Memorial Airport, while situated east of the village limits, is owned by the Village of Lake Isabella.

As the focus of this category is on the village of Lake Isabella, Michigan, online resources for the local government, businesses, industries, schools, churches, organizations, attractions, events, and recreational opportunities are appropriate for this portion of our guide.



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