Spring Lake Township, Michigan

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Spring Lake Township is a civil township of Ottawa County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 13,140 at the 2000 census. The village of Spring Lake is located within the township.

The city of Ferrysburg is south of the township bordering Lake Michigan, the Grand River and Spring Lake. On the south side of the Grand River is the city of Grand Haven and Grand Haven Charter Township. Crockery Township is to the east and Muskegon County is to the north.



Spring Lake separates the township into two sections: one to the north of Ferysburg and west of Spring Lake and the other to the east of Spring Lake and north of the Grand River (and area including the village of Spring Lake). There is only one bridge across the lake, M-104, which connects the village of Spring Lake with Ferrysburg. The only other way around the lake requires going north into Muskegon County. There is also a small peninsula in the Grand River, which is part of the Grand Haven State Game Area, where the only road access involves going through Crockery Township.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 20.0 square miles (51.7 km²), of which, 16.5 square miles (42.8 km²) of it is land and 3.4 square miles (8.8 km²) of it (17.09%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 13,140 people, 5,237 households, and 3,650 families residing in the township. The population density was 794.8 per square mile (306.9/km²). There were 5,748 housing units at an average density of 347.7/sq mi (134.3/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.35% White, 0.33% African American, 0.42% Native American, 0.52% Asian, 0.43% from other races, and 0.95% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.57% of the population.

There were 5,237 households out of which 33.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.9% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.3% were non-families. 25.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.97.

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