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Six Lakes, Michigan is an unincorporated community in central Belvidere Township, Montcalm County, near the center of the Lower Peninsula.

Six Lakes is situated in the area where M-46 (West Howard City Edmore Road) and M-66 (Six Lakes Road), Fleck Road (Bridge Street), and North Darby Road come together.

The community was named for a series of interconnected lakes, known as First Lake, Second Lake, Fourth Lake, Fifth Lake, and Sixth Lake, each further east than the other, and connected by the Flat River. I'm not sure what happened to Third Lake, but, given the shape of Second Lake, there is a possibility that it was once two lakes. There are four other unconnected lakes in the immediate area of Six Lakes: Mud Lake, Little Bass Lake, and two smaller bodies of water whose names are not recorded on the map. Black Creek and Townlike Creek also flow through the area of Six Lakes.

Cities and villages within twenty-five miles of Six Lakes include Edmore, Lakeview, McBride, Stanton, Mecosta, Sheridan, Howard City, Morley, Barryton, Lake Isabella, Pierson, and Greenville, while the unincorporated communities of Entrican, Westville, Wyman, Cedar Lake, and Blanchard are within ten miles.

Six Lakes is largely residential but, given its proximity to lakes, a river, and streams, the area attracts vacationers and those looking for outdoor recreation throughout the year.

In the 1870s, a settlement sprung up about a mile and a half east of the current location of downtown Six Lakes, but in the area generally acknowledged to be part of the community today. L.C. Sumner platted a townsite there, naming it Sumnerville. He sold some lots, and a store opened in that area. However, when the Chicago, Saginaw and Canada Railroad, which later became part of the Pere Marquette Railway, and then the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway, came through, the railroad opened a station nearer to the Flat River, west of Sumnerville.

As a result, Sumner sold his land holdings and moved to Edmore. Hiram Clark and Dr. J.B. Daniels acquired seventy acres of land around the railroad station, and platted the townsite of Six Lakes on May 13, 1876. On December 20, 1878, a post office was established at Six Lakes, with Alexander M. Hunt as postmaster.

Still in service, the post office serves most of Belvidere Township and portions of Cato, Douglass, and Millbrook townships.

In this portion of our web guide, online resources for entities in Six Lakes, such as businesses, industries, schools, churches, organizations, attractions, events, entertainment venues, recreational opportunities, and informational sources. As the township hall is located in Six Lakes, its website would also be appropriate for this category.



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