EDENVILLE TWP, MI — With the failure of the Edenville Dam earlier this week, Wixom Lake has been left a shadow of its former self. The question now is, can the lake itself be salvaged?

“It’s basically back down to the old river channel now,” Edenville Township Supervisor Craig Gosen said of the lake’s current water level. The lake typically had a shoreline of about 84 miles and maximum depth of about 40 feet, before days of heavy rain descended earlier this week.

Wixom Lake was formed in 1925 with the construction of the Edenville Dam, a 4.8 megawatt, 6,600-foot earth-gravity dam that impounded both the Tittabawasee River and its tributary, the Tobacco River.

Since the Tuesday, May 19, failure of the dam, Wixom Lake’s

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