Community Information

Below are quick links to different pieces of vital information for our community members. 

History of Otter Lake

The Village of Otter Lake is situated in Marathon township in Lapeer County . The lake received its name September 29, 1838, when Andrew McArthur of Columbiaville, who was very fond of hunting, visited the lake. He saw five otter swimming in it, one of which he shot, hence the name Otter Lake . The land upon which the village is built was originally owned by Garritt Smith, and was part of a tract of 6,000 acres of pine land. This tract was purchased by C.B. Benson of Oswego , New York , for the purpose of manufacturing the pine into lumber.

Founded in 1873 our town has a rich history waiting to be explored. Visit our Historical Museum to see artifacts and learn about our heritage. Any information, stories, pictures, artifacts or Otter Lake History are welcome. The museum is located inside the old fire station near the lake.

Businesses & Civic Organizations

Below are quick links to different pieces of vital information for our community members. 


  • Otter Lake Seventh Day Advent Church 
    6497 Eleventh St
    Pastor Melvin Santos
    (810) 793-4772
  • St. John Episcopal Church 
    5811 Forest Avenue
    Rev. Sarah Parks and Rev. Ann Norton
    (810) 793-2640
  • Otter Lake Church of the Nazarene 
    12351 Lake Road
    Rev. Lewis Cook
    (810) 793-6240

Clubs & Organizations:

      • American Legion Post #504 
        6360 Eleventh St.
        Post Commander: Elvin Ruby
        (810) 793-6362
      • COOL Committee
        Hosts Otter Lake Days
        Contact: Matthew Jones
        (810) 394-7610
      • Otter Lake Historical Society
        Contact: Marcia Aikin
        (810) 793-0599
      • Otter Lake Literary Club
        Contact: Jeannie Jones
        (810) 793-4180
        Contact: Sharon Taylor
        (810) 793-2828
      • Rhythm Rodders Car Club 
        Genesee Avenue
        President: Gary Husted
        (810) 793-8189
        Financial Director: Gary Burns
        (810) 736-8304
      • Southern Links Trailway 
        10.2 mile Non-motorized Trail
        Connecting Columbiaville, Otter Lake, & Millington
      • Lions Club
        Contact: Peggy Farnsworth
        (810) 793-6258