Independence Township, Michigan
|Charter Township of Independence|
Welcome sign to Independence Township
Location within Oakland County
|• Supervisor||Patrick Kittle|
|• Charter township||36.3 sq mi (94.0 km2)|
|• Land||35.2 sq mi (91.2 km2)|
|• Water||1.1 sq mi (2.8 km2)|
|Elevation||1,112 ft (339 m)|
|• Charter township||34,681|
|• Density||960/sq mi (370/km2)|
|• Metro||4,296,250 (Metro Detroit)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|Area code(s)||248 and 947|
|GNIS feature ID||1626511|
The City of the Village of Clarkston, autonomous and incorporated in 1992, is completely surrounded by the township.
The first settlers arrived in Independence Township in the mid 1820s and early 1830s, primarily from New Jersey and New York. The first settler to purchase and settle land in the township was John W. Beardslee (b. 1799, d. 1883), from Sussex County, New Jersey.
While initially the township was primarily agricultural, the many lakes in the area were beginning to draw vacationers out of Detroit and other cities. In 1851, the railroad came through Clarkston, which prompted hotels to be built in the township to accommodate the resort vacationers coming to the area.
The invention of the automobile had a tremendous effect on Independence Township. Roads that were once Native American trails were paved and widened for this new mode of transportation. The old Saginaw Trail, now known as Dixie Highway, was paved as early as 1920, and Main Street (M-15) in Clarkston was paved around 1922.
The expanding national highway system brought I-75 through Independence Township in 1962, spurring both business and residential development. Many farms gave way to subdivisions and strip malls as Independence Township continued evolving into part of Metropolitan Detroit.
Renaissance High School is located at 6558 Waldon Road in Independence Township. Renaissance High School is for students in grades 9 to 12 who need an alternative to the traditional high school setting in order to be successful. Renaissance students must meet Clarkston High School graduation requirements and receive a Clarkston High School diploma. Renaissance students are encouraged to participate in athletics, clubs and extracurricular activities offered at Clarkston High School. Renaissance students can also take courses at the Oakland Schools Campus, whose Northwest campus is also located in the township at 8211 Big Lake Road.
Opened in 2008, Everest Collegiate High School is a private Roman Catholic high school also located in the township at 5935 Clarkston Road in Independence Township. The school competes athletically in the Catholic High School League and is a member of the Michigan High School Athletic Association.
Clarkston Junior High School is located at 6595 Waldon Road in Clarkston. The school teaches eight and ninth grades.
Sashabaw Middle School is located at 5565 Pine Knob Lane in Independence Township. The school teaches sixth and seventh grades.
Everest Academy, a private Catholic elementary school, is also located in Independence Township.
Independence Township is home to three public golf courses; Fountains Golf Golf Club, an 18-hole course located at 6060 Maybee Road in Independence Township, Pine Knob Golf Club, a 27-hole course, located at 5580 Waldon Road in Independence Township, and Shepherd's Hollow Golf Club, a 27- hole championship course rated 42nd best golf course in the United States by Golf Magazine. It is located at 9085 Big Lake Road in Independence Township.
Pine Knob is a ski resort located in Independence Township. It features 17 trails and 12 lifts. It is known for its slope called "The Wall".
Pine Knob is also home to the DTE Energy Music Theatre, an outdoor Amphitheater concert venue that has featured hundreds of celebrities and is always one of the highest grossing outdoor amphitheaters in the United States. It is located in Independence Township minutes away from downtown Clarkston.
Independence Township is located along the Hillsdale-Lapeer Moraine Range. The highest hill along that range in Independence Township is Pine Knob, at 1,221 feet. It is also the highest point in Southeastern Michigan. Only three miles away is Waterford Hill, the second highest hill in Independence Township with an elevation of 1,150 feet. Atop Waterford Hill is Olympus Circle, the highest elevation of any residential street in Independence Township.
|Lakes in Independence Township|
|Lake||Size in acres||Depth in feet|
|Crooked Lake (previously Lower Bushman Lake)||68||65|
|Dark Lake (adjacent to Deer Lake)||5||10|
|Dark Lake (adjacent to Whipple Lake)||7||12|
|Heather Lake (part)||64|
|Lake Oakland (part)||255||64|
|Lester Lake (part)||12||25|
|Little Walters Lake||17|
|Lotus Lake (part)||179||65|
|Sans Souci Lake (part)||7|
|Upper Bushman Lake||30||32|
|Van Norman Lake (most)||66||90|
|Woodhull Lake (part)||135||56|
Clarkston falls in the exact middle of both Detroit and Flint, Michigan
According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 36.3 square miles (94 km2), of which 35.2 square miles (91 km2) is land and 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2), or 3.03%, is water.
In Independence Township in 2010, there were:
This list includes people from the area (Clarkston and Independence Township).