Ludington Pumping Station


Just south of Ludington on US 31 there is a large hill that stretches for seemingly miles and just behind it is the Ludington Pumping Station. You can’t see it from US 31 but I could well imagine if water broke through and over that hill as it would easily wash out US 31 and everything on it. As an avid sledder I would like to tackle that hill if it were allowed.

The water station provides drinking water for the area. It is one impressive area and I am sure they have tours available. My picture from the air shows how impressive the water pumping station is and the hill I am talking about is just over the top edge of the photograph.

Some of the station strongly resembles Ludington Harbor by way of its entrance as the two are quite similar. Yet no ferry boats take this route. If you ever find yourself in Ludington, the water pumping station is a must see.

One thought on “Ludington Pumping Station

  1. Mike, the reservior is a very large battery owned by Consumers Energy.
    http://www.visitludington.com/stories/ludington_pumped_storage_project
    During the night time hours when electric usage is at it’s lowest there is excess electric generating capacity at Consumers Facilities so they fire up very large electric pumps in a pumping plant at the base of the reservoir and fill the rervoir using water from Lake Michigan. During the day when demand for electric generating capacity is at it’s highest they use the water in the reservoir via gravity to run through the same pumping plant to produce electricty for the grid. The reservoir does not supply anyone with drinkng water to my knowlage, just used for producting electricity.

    Mike: Thanks for the update about the plants electrical use and that it is NOT for drinking water.

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