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Higgins-Lake is a 10,000-acre lake located in northern Michigan, just three hours north of Detroit and ninety minutes south of the Mackinac Island Bridge. It has been named the "sixth most beautiful lake in the world," and along with the nearby village of Roscommon has become a popular four season recreational area. The crystal clear water of Higgins Lake attracts visitors for swimming and boating, sunbathing, canoeing and kayaking and scuba diving. Trout and perch fishing are excellent in the lake and boat rentals are available for day use. There are endless trails surrounding Higgins Lake for hiking, cycling, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling in wintertime. And two state parks in the area offer even more hiking, camping and picnic facilities. Lodging such as motels, hotels and cottages is abundant in the Higgins Lake region, and the village of Roscommon offers a variety of shopping and restaurants. One of the most beautiful places to visit near Higgins Lake is the George Mason River Retreat, also known as the Mason Tract. This wilderness area is open to the public for fishing, boating and hunting, and overnight camping is permitted at Canoe Harbor Campground.

Surrounding areas: Grayling, Michigan (12.7 mi), Houghton Lake, Michigan (12.7 mi), Lake City, Michigan (23.8 mi), Kalkaska, Michigan (26.2 mi), Fife Lake, Michigan (28.4 mi), Twin Lake, Michigan (31.5 mi), Harrison, Michigan (32.0 mi)

Higgins Lake Vacation Rentals

Higgins Lake Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Comfort Suites Lakeside100 Clearview DrHoughton Lake, MI9.7 mi.(989) 422-4000
Holiday Inn Express Houghton Lake200 Cloverleaf LnHoughton Lake, MI10.4 mi.(989) 422-7829
Quality Inn9285 W LK City RdHoughton Lake, MI11.7 mi.(989) 422-5175
Aquarama Motor Lodge2307 S I 75 Business LoopGrayling, MI12.7 mi.(989) 348-5405
Days Inn2556 I-75 Business LoopGrayling, MI12.7 mi.(989) 344-0204
North Country Lodge IncN I-75 Business LoopGrayling, MI12.7 mi.(989) 348-8471
Ramada Grayling Hotel & Conference Center2650 S I-75 - Bus LoopGrayling, MI12.7 mi.(989) 348-7611
Best Western Beachfront4990 W Houghton Lake DrHoughton Lake, MI12.9 mi.(989) 366-9126
Chief Shoppenagons103 Michigan AveGrayling, MI13.1 mi.(989) 348-6071
Pineview Motel7328 N Old 27Frederic, MI21.4 mi.(989) 348-8300
Econo Lodge703 N Cedar StKalkaska, MI26.3 mi.(231) 258-9119

Higgins Lake Weather & Climate

The Great Lakes dominate northern Michigan's weather. What is known as "lake effect snow squalls" bring locally heavy snow to northern and western Michigan, with the southwest receiving much less snow. Summers tend to be sunny as the cool water of the Lakes chills the air near the Earth's surface, producing a stable atmosphere. The Lakes also modify summer high temperatures, making the northern parts of the state a popular vacation spot. Summer temperatures are typically in the upper 70s to lower 80s, with cool nights. Autumn is too cool for swimming, but is a great time for other outdoor attractions. The luminous phenomenon known as the Northern Lights is usually visible from northern Michigan 30 nights per year, most commonly in March, April, September and October.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 25°F 9°F 1.61 in. -
February 29°F 10°F 1.25 in. -
March 39°F 19°F 2.05 in. -
April 53°F 30°F 2.29 in. -
May 67°F 40°F 2.57 in. -
June 75°F 48°F 2.93 in. -
July 80°F 53°F 2.75 in. -
August 77°F 52°F 3.72 in. -
September 68°F 45°F 3.11 in. -
October 56°F 36°F 2.26 in. -
November 41°F 27°F 2.14 in. -
December 30°F 16°F 1.75 in. -

Higgins Lake Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Otsego County airport (GLR) located about 36 miles north of Higgins Lake in Gaylord, Michigan, the Cherry Capital airport (TVC) located approximately 43 miles northwest of Higgins Lake in Traverse City, Michigan, the Oscoda Wurtsmith airport (OSC) located roughly 68 miles east of Higgins Lake in Oscoda, Michigan, the Alpena County Regional airport (APN) located around 72 miles northeast of Higgins Lake in Alpena, Michigan, the Mbs International airport (MBS) located about 74 miles south of Higgins Lake in Saginaw, Michigan, and finally the Pellston Regional Of Emmet County airport (PLN) located approximately 75 miles north of Higgins Lake in Pellston, Michigan.

Higgins Lake Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Deer Acres Storybook ParkPinconningMI59.4 mi.
Water Parks
Andersen Water ParkSaginawMI84.3 mi.
Michigan's Wild Water Adventure Water ParkMuskegonMI113.2 mi.
Splash Family Water ParkGrand RapidsMI114.0 mi.
Golf Courses
Burning Oak Country ClubHiggins LakeMI 
Forest Dunes Golf ClubRoscommonMI9.4 mi.
Ye Olde Country ClubRoscommonMI9.4 mi.
Fox Run Country ClubGraylingMI12.7 mi.
Grayling Country ClubGraylingMI12.7 mi.
Pine View Highlands Golf ClubHoughton LakeMI12.7 mi.
White Deer Country ClubPrudenvilleMI14.8 mi.
Birch Point Golf ClubSaint HelenMI20.1 mi.
EldoradoCadillacMI20.1 mi.
Missaukee Golf CourseLake CityMI23.8 mi.
Grandview Golf ClubKalkaskaMI26.2 mi.
Timber Wolf Golf ClubKalkaskaMI26.2 mi.
Twin Birch Golf ClubKalkaskaMI26.2 mi.
Ski Areas
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf ResortCadillacMI34.6 mi.
Treetops SylvanGaylordMI37.9 mi.
Shanty CreekBellaireMI40.3 mi.
Boyne USA ResortsBoyne FallsMI47.8 mi.
Sugar Loaf ResortCedarMI55.9 mi.
Crystal MountainThompsonvilleMI57.4 mi.
The Homestead ResortGlen ArborMI65.8 mi.
Nubs NobHarbor SpringsMI66.3 mi.
Apple MountainFreelandMI73.8 mi.
Riverview HighlandsRiverviewMI83.7 mi.
Pando Ski CenterRockfordMI101.9 mi.
Cannonsburg Ski AreaCannonsburgMI104.6 mi.
State Parks
Higgins Lake State ParkMI7.4 mi. 
Hartwick Pines State ParkMI18.5 mi. 
Otsego Lake State ParkMI31.2 mi. 
Wilson State ParkMI32.0 mi. 
William Mitchell State ParkMI37.5 mi. 
Gladwin State ParkMI39.8 mi. 
Dennos Museum CenterTraverse CityMI45.6 mi.(Multidisciplinary)

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