When it comes to living on or near lakes in Southeast Michigan, Pinckney is usually near the top of the list. The “Chain of Lakes” that run through the Pinckney and surrounding areas offer plenty of enjoyment and quiet peaceful living.

Pinckney is a small village in Putnam Township located at the southern part of Livingston County. Pinckney is south of Howell, and southeast of Brighton. Pinckney is favored by its residents because of its friendly small town atmosphere, abundance of lakes to enjoy, and the quieter living that comes with its location. Pinckney is located a little further off the main highways than the other cities and villages in Livingston County. M-36 runs east/west through Pinckney. To the east it goes through the Village of Hamburg and then to US-23. Its location borders Washtenaw County to the south which translates to a 15 minute commute by car to Ann Arbor. Many people who work in Ann Arbor choose to live in Pinckney, where a 15 minute commute can mean a tremendous increase in the amount of home that can be bought compared to the Ann Arbor market.

Pinckney Real Estate

In 2015, according to MLS data, there were a total of 459 residential homes sold within the Pinckney school district. The median sale price was $225,000 and the average time on market was 74 days. These homes also sold for an average of 95% of the list price.

Parts of Pinckney are more rural in comparison to the cities of Brighton or Howell. The village area is small and friendly and there are some homes that are within walking distance.

Chain of Lakes

The Chain of Lakes consist of nine lakes in southern Livingston and northern Washtenaw Counties that are watershed of the Huron River and are connected by canals for navigation. The lakes are: Big Portage, Little Portage, Baseline, Zukey, Strawberry, Whitewood, Gallagher, Ore, and Tamarack Lake. Big Portage is the largest in the chain, at 680 acres, and Strawberry is the second largest at 257 acres.

There are so many lakes in the Pinckney area that no matter where you decide to live, you will probably only be a few minutes from a lake. Many residents who want to live right on the water come to Pinckney because of all the options there are. You’ll find homes of all sizes and styles near the chain of lakes. Prices for waterfront homes in Pinckney ranged from $70,000 up to $1 million in 2016. So whether you want a luxury private getaway to call, or a small cottage to enjoy during the summer months, if you enjoy being out on the water then Pinckney is a place you’ll want to check out.

Living in Pinckney


The Pinckney School District covers Putnam Township, parts of Unadilla Township to the west, and Hamburg Township to the east.

Elementary Schools

  • Farley Hill Elementary (K-3)
  • Country Elementary (K-3)

Upper Elementary

  • Navigator School (4-6)

Middle Schools

  • Pathfinder School (7-8)

High Schools

  • Pinckney Community High School
  • Pinckney New Tech High School (10-12)

Activities and Events in Pinckney, MI

The Chain of Lakes provide residents with plenty of summer activities. Boating, swimming, fishing, and kayaking are very popular in the summer.

The Pinckney State Recreation area has 11,000 acres and nearly endless possibilities for those who enjoy the outdoors. Backpackers, hikers, and mountain bikers love the extensive trail system at the park. The area has campsites, picnic areas, and is perfect for holding family get-togethers.

Timber Trace Golf Club, Whispering Pines Golf Club and Rush Lake Hills Golf Course are a few of the most popular golf courses near Pinckney, with each one presenting its own challenges and unique setting.

Hell Survivors Paintball Playfield is famous among paintball enthusiasts. The outdoor complex features 12 different fields and can be used for birthday parties, outings, and team events for nearly all ages.

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