Liberty Township, Jackson County, Michigan

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Liberty Township is a civil township of Jackson County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the township population was 2,903.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 35.8 square miles (92.6 km²), of which, 34.8 square miles (90.0 km²) of it is land and 1.0 square miles (2.6 km²) of it (2.82%) is water.

Parks, campgrounds, or preserves

  • 4-H Camp McGregor is a small campground on Adams Road. It is mainly a camp for kids, it has forest, wetlands, and is on the shore of Crispell Lake.
  • Crisplell Lake Campground is a campground on Crispell Road. It is more of a crowded campground and is more suitable for campers than tents. It is on the shore of Crispell Lake and has lots of foliage.
  • Grand River Nature Preserve is a nature preserve on Liberty Rd. its fairly large. Its one of the places where the Grand River starts, the other is in Hillsdale County. The area has some woods but is mainly wetland.
  • MacCready Reserve is a fairly large nature preserve on the west side of the township,it has six and a half miles of hiking trails and 408 acres. The property used to be own by Thomas C. MacCready in the late 1800's and then after 3 generations of family, Douglas, Lynn, and Willis MacCready donated the land to Michigan State University in 2001. The area has 5 hiking trails some easy and some more diffucult ones, the area is managed by the Departments of Forestry, Fisheries and Wildlife, MSU Extension, and MSU Land Management Office. The area contains many forests, rolling hills, and wetlands and even a natural spring, the area is meant to be forest studies and hiking.

Lakes and ponds

  • Crispell Lake - Crispell Lake or Round Lake are the largest lakes of Liberty Township. It has some wetlands on parts of it, but is usable for boating; it is fairly deep but nothing over 75 ft. It has two campgrounds on it, 4-H Camp McGregor, and Crispell Lake Campgrounds. The lake has boat ramps. The lake is on the far east side of the township. Crispell lake has a sister lake right across from her it is called Mud Lake. They are only about a quarter of a mile apart from each other, sometimes when it rains a lot the two lakes connect. The only thing between them is Springbrook Rd. and woods and wetland. The differences between the lakes are Crispell is larger and Crispell can have boats on it and campgrounds, and has more of a population on it.
  • Grand Lake is one of the smaller lakes in Liberty Township, its one of the starting points of the Grand River. A small stream connects it to Mirror Lake which is a lake of about the same size, Mirror Lake use to be called Little Grand Lake and Grand Lake was called Big Grand Lake.
  • Mirror Lake is one of the smaller lakes of Liberty Township; it connects with Grand Lake, Mirror Lake used to be called Little Grand Lake, and Grand Lake was called Big Grand Lake. The lake has much of its population on the West Shore and South Shore, the North and East shore are more wilderness.
  • Mud Lake is one of the larger lakes of Liberty Township it is not very deep—maybe 20 feet in some areas. It is sometimes considered a swamp because so many lily pads are on it in the summer, and no boats are ever on it. There are only a few houses on it, so its pretty much all wildlife, it has many waterfowl birds on it in the summer. It is one of the most scenic lakes in the township. Mud Lake has a sister lake called Crispell Lake, they are only a quarter of a mile away from each other. They sometimes connect in the summer by a small creek when it rains a lot. But Springbrook Rd., and woods, and wetlands are the only thing between them.
  • Round Lake – Round Lake or Crispell Lake are the largest lakes in Liberty Township. Round Lake has more population on it than any other lake in Liberty Township, as the whole lake has houses around it, and it is fairly deep. Boats are allowed on the lake and there are boat ramps and docks on the lake. There is also a public beach and playground, and tables. Round Lake's west shore is right on the border between Liberty Township and Hanover Township.
  • Skiff Lake is one of the larger lakes of the township and one of the least populated. Skiff Lake is similar to Mud Lake in that they both have little population on them. It may be the most scenic lake in the township with many pine trees along the shores, and a few islands. A small stream leaves the lake and connects to the Grand River.

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