1211 More Lakes More Fish More Fun
Houghton Lake Area Houghton Lake Area Tourism and Convention Bureau
Episode: 1211 "MORE LAKES, MORE FISH, MORE FUN" Travel Planner
Today’s show is a Fishing Getaway to Michigan’s Other Great Lakes. Located in Roscommon County, Houghton Lake is the largest inland lake in Michigan with some of the best fishing you will ever find in the Great Lakes state. After our day of fishing we spend a solemn moment at the Fireman’s memorial.
We have collected information and web links related to the area and combined them here with photos we took and video clips from the show in what we hope will be a helpful guide as you plan your trip. For assistance or for more information, call Houghton Lake Area Tourism & Convention Bureau @ 1 (800) 676-5330 Have fun!
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Location Houghton lake area

Houghton Lake Area Location: Roscommon County is in the heart of Northern Michigan, 105 miles north of Saginaw along I-75.
Roscommon County is your family vacation destination. Here you will find four seasons of fun, fishing, fireworks and festivals. Michigan’s Other Great Lakes – Houghton Lake, Higgins Lake and Lake St. Helen will delight you with their natural beauty, wildlife viewing, and spectacular sunrises and sunsets. All three lakes are a sportsman’s fishing and boating paradise. Located in the heart of Michigan you are just a short drive from a great get away. Fresh air and fresh water – purely Michigan – purely refreshing. Come for the experience that will last a lifetime. You will love all there is to see and do in the heart of Northern Michigan.

Water Sightseeing Wildlife Houghton Lake Flats

Houghton Lake Flats Location: On M-55, O.7 miles east of US-127 turn north on Old US-27 and drive about 1.9 miles, look for the observation platform and fishing platform, and park on the small paved parking lot on the left (west) side of Old US- 27.
Phone: (989) 275-5151 Michigan DNR, Wildlife Division - Roscommon
Size: 390 Acres
This viewing site is a moderately sized wetland on the west edge of Houghton Lake. Water levels are managed with pumps and control structures to enhance fish and wetland wildlife habitat. Large birds and other wildlife can be viewed easily from both highways. A parking area, an elevated wildlife observation platform, and a fishing deck have been constructed along Old-27. This managed wetland area is lush with wetland vegetation and wildlife. A quick stop here almost anytime during the spring, summer, and fall will be rewarded with sightings of osprey, ducks, geese, herons, shorebirds, and marshland songbirds. Great blue herons are common here. Black terns, bald eagle nests, muskrats, raccoons, mink, and river otters all live or nest in the flats and can be seen occasionally. Use binoculars from your car, from the observation decks, or perhaps even take a stroll on the mowed cross dikes on the north and south ends of the flooding to enjoy one of the best and quickest wildlife viewing stops in mid-Michigan.

Water Camping Houghton Lake State Forest Campground

State Forest Campground
Location: County Road 300 (E Houghton Lake Dr) LAT 44.400536144599997, LONG -84.774788104199999
Phone: (989) 821-6125
Hours: Campground open mid-April to mid-September
Houghton Lake State Forest Campground is located on the north shore of Houghton Lake with excellent boating and fishing. This is a semi-modern, 50 site campground for tent or small trailer use, some of which will accommodate a 40-ft vehicle/trailer. Services include a modern restroom building (no showers) and potable water from hand pump wells.

Auto HUBS 'N PUBS Pumpkin Run CAR SHOW

Pumpkin Run Car Show Location: Columbian Home Association (formerly Knights of Columbus Hall), 833 West Branch Road - Prudenville, MI 48651
Phone: (989) 366-5644
When: Last Weekend in August annually. 2015 Date - August 29th
For a number of years a cruise of classic cars has wound its way around the lake has been a part of the Pumpkin Run Car Show. This fundraiser for the Houghton Lake Chamber of Commerce is expanding to include more than the wide variety of custom and classic cars, trucks and motorcycles.Renamed the Hubs ’n Pubs Pumpkin Run Car Show and Brewfest the public is invited to see the cars and vote for their favorites, and then visit craft show and stay for beer tasting at the end of the day.

Water Fish Lake St. Helen

Lake Saint Helen Size: 2,400 Acres
Boating Access Site: Lat: 44.357654, Long: -84.492313 A hard-surface ramp with sufficient water depth and lake or impoundment size to accommodate all trailerable watercraft (minimum of 2.5 - 3 feet deep at a distance of 20 feet from shore). The site is signed.
Located just off Interstate 75, Lake St. Helen covers 2,390 acres. Anglers will find fishing is fantastic. Fish in the 8 to 9-inch range are common. Crappie population is growing. Largemouth, northern pike and walleye are also present. Here you will find good fishing for bass, bluegill, walleye, and rock bass. This manmade lake is extremely popular with anglers and boaters alike. A Bluegill Festival is held each summer.

Food Drinks Stream Side Restaurant & Pub

Georgian Bay Location: 1136 E Higgins Lake Drive - Roscommon, MI 48653
Phone: (989) 821-6532
Hours: Sun-Thu 11am - 9pm | Fri-Sat 8am - 11pm
Stream Side is located on the Cut River near Higgins Lake. Stream Side specializes in fresh food cooked from scratch, using local food sources when available, including organic vegetables from The Greenhouse at Higgins Lake and bread and rolls from AuSable Bakery in Roscommon. Stream Side is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and the bar specializes in Michigan wines and microbrews.

Water Fish Higgins Lake

Chippewa River Lake Size: 9,900 Acres

South Higgins Lake State Park
106 State Park Drive - Roscommon, MI 48653
Phone: (989) 821-6374
Park Size:
1000 Acres
Higgins Lake is a large recreational and fishing lake in Roscommon County known for its deep, clear waters. It is the 10th largest lake in Michigan with a shoreline of 21 miles. The average depth is 44 feet and the lake contains almost 20 billion cubic feet of water. It drains into Marl Lake by the Cut River which runs into Houghton Lake and eventually to Lake Michigan. Sportfish in the lake include yellow perch, trout, smelt and pike. Fish are taken both in open water and by ice fishing. There are two state parks, located on opposite ends of the lake: South Higgins Lake State Park, which has a mile of shoreline, and North Higgins Lake State Park. Both provide public boat launches and camping, and are very popular in the summer months. The south park is older, larger, and more developed. The north park is located on what was once the world's largest seedling nursery, a part of the CCC of the 1930s.

Firemen History Michigan State Firemen's Memorial & Festival

AuSable River Location: County Road 103 (E Robinson Lake Road), just off Exit 239 of I-75 - near Roscommon | Roscommon County Fire Training Grounds (formerly Roscommon Fair Grounds)
Phone: (989) 275-5880
Firemen's Memorial is a monument dedicated to all fire fighters that have died in the line of duty. This memorial is one of the few in the nation to honor these fallen heroes. Each year usually during the 3rd week of September, a festival is held in remembrance these brave citizens at the Roscommon County Fire Training Grounds (formerly Roscommon Fair Grounds.) During this festival there is a parade, antique equipment demonstration, a memorial service, a light parade, music, dancing, emergency crew competitions and many more planned activities. The Firemen’s Memorial Festival Committee, Inc. can be reached at (989) 275-5880.

Water Fish Houghton Lake

Rifle River Location: 44°20′20″N 84°43′30″W
Size: 20,044 Acres

Houghton Lake is a large lake in Roscommon County. The unincorporated community of Prudenville is at the southeastern end of the lake, while the unincorporated communities of Houghton Lake and Houghton Lake Heights are on the southwest and west shores. It is an extremely popular resort and fishing area year round. Houghton Lake is the site of Tip-Up-Town USA, a large ice fishing and winter sports festival with several events on the frozen waters of the lake itself. Michigan's largest inland lake covering 22,000 acres. The lake offers great fishing possibilities. Here you will find good fishing possibilities for walleye, pike, bass and bluegill. There are seven access sites strategically located around the lake.


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