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HLA Newsletter

The October, 2021 HLA Newsletter is available. Here is a link to read and/or download the newsletter.

A Message From Debbi McLaughlin, HLA President/Skipper

It is with great sadness I need to bring the news of Julie Noblin Brandon’s passing on July 28, 2021. Her tireless efforts over the many years were a huge contribution to our organization. Her dedication is a very large part of who we are today. She will truly be missed. We grieve with her family and friends and will be keeping them in our thoughts and prayers. Please share your thoughts with the family at
Debbi McLaughlin, HLA Skipper

A Message From Debbi McLaughlin, HLA President/Skipper

I want to update everyone about the Holloway Reservoir lake level this year.  The City of Flint has raised the north drum of the dam as high as they could this year.  Water level will be lower than normal for the season, so what we have now seems to be what we will have for this year’s boating season.

Originally, we were told we just needed rain. The fact is even if we get more rain, the north drum is too low to capture any of the water.

The City of Flint has plans for some maintenance repairs for the dam; however, that will probably have to happen after they let the water down in the fall.

Let’s enjoy what we do have and stay safe,

Debbi McLaughlin, HLA Skipper


Special thanks to Julie and Bill Brandon for heading up the dedication of the 2 picnic tables at the Walleye Pike Boat Launch on Saturday, May 15. It was a very nice event in appreciation for the efforts made on behalf of the HLA from these families. Thanks to all who attended.

2020 Walleye Survey

A new Walleye Survey has been added to the Committee Reports page.

DNR Guides and Digests

A link to various guides and digests published by the Michigan Department Of Natural Resources has been added to the Quick Links page. Among others, this website includes the current versions of the Michigan Fishing Guide and Michigan Boating Laws. It also includes an instructional video for adding these publications to your mobile device.


At the HLA General Meeting held on October 21, a new Board Of Directors was elected for a two-year term.  The term of office will last until the Spring, 2022 election. This election would have normally occurred earlier this year in April.  CONGRATULATIONS! to all Board members that were elected.  Visit the “Contact Us” page to see all the names and their respective titles.  Also, a huge THANK-YOU! to all who have retired from the Board, especially our previous skipper, Julie Brandon.

The Holloway Lake Association Protects Your Reservoir

Through regularly scheduled meetings and newsletters, the Holloway Lake Association keeps concerned citizens informed and in touch.  Please support these efforts by becoming a member of the Holloway Lake Association. Together we can make a difference! Holloway Lake Association needs your help to remain Genesee County’s precious recreational area.


Issues we are working on:

The Water – predictable levels and good quality
The Regulatory Agencies – boating safety
The Environment – industrial and other pollution
Shoreline Erosion
Parkland Preservation
Richfield Landfill issues
Boating, Fishing, Swimming, Camping, Picnicking or Hiking 

Holloway Today: Challenges and Changes

Shoreline Erosion:  Shoreline erosion, which is greatly exacerbated by high speed boating, waves, and sandy soil, has been identified as a concern.  Picturesque Goose Point becomes narrower each year. Trees have tipped over into the water in many areas.  As a result, the Reservoir is becoming increasingly wider. What will it look like in 50 years?

Water Levels: There are many demands on the waters of Holloway. The City of Flint requires constant flow for sanitation plants. Down-river recreational users call for increased summertime flow. In the dry summer months, low water levels on Holloway harm recreation, wildlife and the ecosystem of the water.

Environmental Concerns: The potential impact of The Richfield Landfill on Holloway Reservoir and its surroundings demands activism by the public to insure a safe environment and to maintain the natural beauty of the area.

The increase in the numbers of seagulls requires efforts to control them in order to prevent the damage they cause to property and their contamination of the water.

Regulatory Intrusion: The Holloway Reservoir is heavily regulated by Government, and citizen activism is required to balance the competing interests of the environmental, industrial and recreational communities.

We have been given permission by Nate Harasim to use his song “Holloway Cruise” on our website.  Nate was just a young teenager when he wrote this song while sitting on his dock in Zone 4.  It is simply beautiful!  Make sure you have your speakers on!

Click here to hear Nate’s song