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Village of Lake Orion
Location in the state of Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Oakland
 • Village President Ken Van Portfliet
 • Village Manager Darwin D. P. McClary
 • Total 1.30 sq mi (3.37 km2)
 • Land 0.79 sq mi (2.05 km2)
 • Water 0.51 sq mi (1.32 km2)
Elevation 984 ft (300 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,973
 • Estimate (2012) 3,032
 • Density 3,763.3/sq mi (1,453.0/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 48359-48362
Area code(s) 248
FIPS code 26-44940
GNIS feature ID 0629989
Lake Orion
Location Lake Orion, Michigan
Basin countries United States
Surface area 482 acres (195 ha)
Max. depth 80 ft (24 m)
Settlements Village of Lake Orion, Michigan
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  • Full Service Packing - All items in your home are packed by our trustworthy household movers using the most up-to-date packing methods and materials in the industry.
  • Fragile Packing - You define your breakable or high-value items such as dishes, glassware, artwork, fragile furniture, mirrors, etc. and we will professionally pack them with care, while you pack all of your other belongings.
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  • Loading - Each of your belongings is labeled, inventoried and loaded in a systematic process. Additionally, all upholstered furniture is wrapped in stretch wrap, a strong, clear plastic that completely covers the furniture, protecting it from dirt and damage.
  • Transportation - All of our trailers are equipped with air-ride suspension systems to ensure the contents travel in the safest manner possible. All trucks are driven by professional household movers with the best training in the industry.
  • Unloading - Upon arrival, all items are inventoried as they are unloaded. When unloading, furniture, boxes and other belongings are placed in the rooms you designate. Assembly of beds, bookcases and other furniture is available upon request. Additionally, our household movers will protect your new home by using several types of floor runners to prevent stains or scratches on carpet and wood flooring.
Lake Orion MI 48359
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I have had the occasion to use movers several times in the last five years  and I would say this was one of the  smoothest  of them all. The crew leader, Dave Cornett was highly experienced and very polite as was his assistant Chris. They were very careful in preparing both locations so as to avoid damage to floors, railings and walls.  I would highly recommend Rose Moving and Storage.
April 26, 2016
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I called several moving companies to move my moms furniture from her condo in Allen Park over to Maple Heights Retirement Community in Allen Park. Rose is the preferred moving company for Maple Heights. They were a little more expensive than other companies but I felt more comfortable with Rose after talking with Jim. The guys arrived at the scheduled start time and completed the job in 3 hours. Both workers were outstanding. They went over the top to please us. I would highly recommend this company for any moving needs.
April 10, 2015
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Very Good Movers!
The young fellows that came even put together a weightlifting thing, and it wasn’t really a part of their job, but they stayed and did it.  It was just wonderful, because it took them probably a half hour at least to do that.  They came to the house when they said they were going to be there.  They were careful with our furniture.  We did have a couple of broken mirrors, but it was the edges and that was the only thing, so it was very minimal and we can expect something like that.  Their price was very reasonable.
May 11, 2012
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Lake Orion (Get Moves Estimate for Lake Orion, MI) (/ˈɒrən/ ORR-ee-ən) is a village in Oakland (Oakland, MI Moving Companies) in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 2,973 at the 2010 census. "Lake Orion" is often used to describe both the village and the much larger Orion Township, of which the village is a part.

Lake Orion (Get Relocation Estimate for Lake Orion, MI) originated as a resort town and over time has incorporated elements of a bedroom community. At the turn of the twentieth century, the town featured a small amusement park near Park Island on Lake Orion (Get Moves Prices for Lake Orion, MI). It included a wooden roller coaster and carousel.


Judah Church and Moses (or Samuel) Munson were among the first settlers. Munson, who arrived in 1824, built a sawmill in 1825, and planted the first orchard. Jesse Decker arrived from upstate New York with his wife, Mary, in 1825. Decker proved to be energetic and became "everything to everybody", so that the place soon became known as "Decker's Settlement". The settlement grew into a bustling commercial center with a sawmill, tavern, post office, general store, blacksmith shop, school and cemetery.

In 1830, Jesse Decker raised the first frame barn in the area with the help of local Indians. The first post office was opened in 1832, with Decker as postmaster. In 1835, a group of settlers gathered in his home and formed a township. By 1836, two persons were licensed to keep taverns in the town, one of whom was Decker. By 1840 Decker owned 440 acres (1.8 km2) of land.

Decker was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 1837 and also served as justice of the peace.

The township of Orion (Orion, MI Moving Company) was approved by the Michigan Territory in 1835, the same year it applied for statehood. Jesse Decker became the first Supervisor of Orion (Orion, Michigan Moving Company), with a salary of $2.00 a year.

Another settlement nearby, New Canadaigua, was absorbed by Orion. This land later helped Orion to establish its first public school in 1859. Orion, already well-established, was platted and chartered, also in 1859. In 1862, a fire ravaged Orion, destroying nearly the entire town. Despite this, the town was rebuilt. The railroad that was built in Orion paved the way to mass development in 1872. The great resort era soon followed after another incredible recovery from a fire in 1874. Orion became well known when lumberjacks bringing lumber to Detroit (Detroit, Michigan Relocation) bunked there, and when Lapeer Road, a highway running through Orion, was paved in 1929, permanent residents moved in.

In 1929, Amelia Earhart visited Lake Orion (Get Moves Prices for Lake Orion, MI) and flew an experimental glider at Scripps Mansion.

Lake Orion (Get Movers Quote for Lake Orion, MI) was served by trains on the Michigan Central Railroad and DUR interurban. Today, the track east of M-24 has been removed, and the line now serves as the recreational Paint Creek Trail.


The story of the Lake Orion (Get Move Prices for Lake Orion, MI) Dragon says that sometime in the 1800s a group of local kids played a prank by building a fake dragon and launching it out in the lake. A number of people saw it and soon Lake Orion (Get Move Estimate for Lake Orion, MI) was known for its dragon. There are a number of stories around about who made it and how they built it but it is widely agreed that it was a prank.

"That same year [1894] the Lake Orion (Get Moving Quote for Lake Orion, MI) 'dragon' made its entrance into Orion history. First seen by two ladies near the present Robert’s Rondevoo cove, the animal grew in length as the story grew in listeners. What had started out as an average-sized lake monster was claimed by some to be at least eighty feet long. Detroit and other newspapers joshingly suggested, upon hearing of the behemoth, that Orion residents should 'drink more well water in the future.'" The nickname of Lake Orion (Get Move Quote for Lake Orion, MI) High School's sports teams (the Dragons) is derived from this.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.30 square miles (3.37 km2), of which, 0.79 square miles (2.05 km2) of it is land and 0.51 square miles (1.32 km2) is water.

Lake Orion (Get Relocation Cost for Lake Orion, MI)

Lake Orion (Get Relocation Cost for Lake Orion, MI) (less commonly known as "Orion Lake") is an medium-sized inland lake, with area 482 acres (3.2 km²). It has a maximum depth of 80 feet and an average depth of 16 feet. The lake is located within the Village of Lake Orion and Orion Township. It is the seventh largest lake by area in Oakland (Oakland, MI Relocation Companies).

The current area of the lake was formed by a collection of smaller lakes with the damming of Paint Creek in 1839. Canals have also been dredged to maximize lake frontage.

There is a public access boat launch on the northern side of the lake. It is administered by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.


There are several islands in Lake Orion (Get Moving Quote for Lake Orion, MI), some of which feature seasonal and year-round residences. The largest islands, Bellevue and Park, are connected to the mainland by 2-lane bridges. Most boats can pass under the Bellevue Bridge, which has a clearance of 9.6 feet. The Park Island bridge has a low clearance that allows only canoes, kayaks, and rowboats to pass underneath. Victoria Island is the third largest island, and is home to several season and year-round homes. A smaller island, Squaw Island, was previously was home to a single residence from the 1850s to the 1950s. Little remains of the island due to erosion, and the shallow waters can be a hazard to boaters. Sweet's Island is home to the Lake Orion (Get Relocation Cost for Lake Orion, MI) Boat Club, and features a private boathouse and docks. Romance Island is home to a single cottage. Preston Island is home to two seasonal cottages. Dot Island is home to one seasonal cottage. Armada Island is home to 4 seasonal cottages. Pine Island currently features no residences, but is used to rent out boat docks. It is connected to the mainland by a small bridge.


The demographics below are for the village only. Refer to Orion (Orion, MI Relocation Company) for the demographics of the entire township.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,973 people, 1,304 households, and 709 families residing in the village. The population density was 3,763.3 inhabitants per square mile (1,453.0 /km2). There were 1,483 housing units at an average density of 1,877.2 per square mile (724.8 /km2). The racial makeup of the village was 94.2% White, 1.6% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 0.9% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.5% of the population.

There were 1,304 households of which 27.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.0% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 45.6% were non-families. 38.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.93.

The median age in the village was 41.2 years. 20.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.9% were from 25 to 44; 27.5% were from 45 to 64; and 16.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 47.5% male and 52.5% female.


The Village of Lake Orion (Get Move Quote for Lake Orion, MI) is a Michigan home rule village with a council-manager form of government. The village is governed by a local charter adopted by village electors. The village's legislative body is its village council, comprising a President and six council members. The village council appoints a Village Manager to serve as the Chief Administrative Officer of the government responsible for the management of the village's daily operations and oversight of all departments. Current Village Manager Darwin McClary was appointed as interim manager in April 2013 and was appointed permanently on July 1, 2013.

Lake Orion (Get Moves Estimate for Lake Orion, MI) is served by the Lake Orion (Get Moving Quote for Lake Orion, MI) Community Schools school district.

Notable people

  • Scott Amedure, The Jenny Jones Show murder victim
  • Brace Beemer, one of the radio voices of The Lone Ranger
  • Matthew Blackmer, American pair skater
  • Christopher Bowman, U.S. Winter Olympian, National Champion, World Medalist champion figure skater
  • William Broomfield, former congressman
  • Pat Caputo, sportswriter for The Oakland (Oakland, MI Moving Reviews) Press, radio personality at WXYT-FM
  • Rolla C. Carpenter, engineer, academic, writer
  • Dave Collins, former professional baseball player, former coach at Lake Orion (Get Relocation Cost for Lake Orion, MI) High School
  • Barbara Ann Crancer, associate circuit court judge, daughter of Jimmy Hoffa
  • Matthew Dear, musician
  • Andrew J. Feustel, NASA astronaut
  • Frontier Ruckus, art-folk band
  • Tom Gillis, professional golfer
  • Jeff Heath, professional football player
  • Frederick Henderson (Henderson, MI Movers), former CEO of General Motors
  • James P. Hoffa, current International Brotherhood of Teamsters President, son of Jimmy Hoffa
  • Jimmy Hoffa (family summer home), former International Brotherhood of Teamsters President
  • Zak Keasey, former professional football player
  • Mickey Lolich, former professional baseball player and donut shop owner
  • James Marcinkowski, politician, attorney, former CIA case officer
  • Chris "Hot Wings" Michels, syndicated radio show host
  • Jamie Milam, professional hockey player
  • Troy (Troy, Michigan Moving Reviews) Milam, professional hockey player
  • Frank Novak, former NFL coach
  • Raymond Plouhar, staff sergeant, USMC
  • William Edmund Scripps, newspaper magnate
  • Rich Strenger, lawyer, former professional football player
  • Ron Tripp, World Sambo and Judo champion; President of USA Judo
  • Cynthia Watros, actress
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