Lovells Township (population 567) is serenely located in Northern Michigan between Grayling and Lewiston on County Road 612 in Crawford County. The beautiful North Branch of the AuSable River runs right through the delightful community of Lovells which is home to both full-time and seasonal residents.

Lovells was named for Judge Louis Lovell, who was a judge of the eighth judicial district. A petition for the division of Maple Forest Township was presented to the County Board of Supervisors on Jan. 4, 1912, because residents in the Lovells area wanted to have their own representation for that portion of Crawford County. The petition was signed by 19 Maple Forest Township residents and 12 residents from Lovells.


As of the census of 2000, there were 578 people, 283 households, and 179 families residing in the township. The population density was 5.7 per square mile (2.2/km²). There were 932 housing units at an average density of 9.2 per square mile (3.6/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 99.31% White, 0.52% Native American, and 0.17% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.35% of the population.

There were 283 households out of which 17.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.8% were married couples living together, 6.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.4% were non-families. 31.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.04 and the average family size was 2.48.

In the township the population was spread out with 15.4% under the age of 18, 2.9% from 18 to 24, 20.2% from 25 to 44, 31.7% from 45 to 64, and 29.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 52 years. For every 100 females there were 102.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 107.2 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $31,023, and the median income for a family was $37,000. Males had a median income of $37,813 versus $20,417 for females. The per capita income for the township was $21,401. About 1.7% of families and 7.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.3% of those under age 18 and 6.2% of those age 65 or over.

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