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Description - South Higgins State Park is a 1,000-acre park split in half by County Road 100. To the north is Higgins Lake and to the south is Marl Lake and 700 acres forested in maple, oak and pine. The park contains almost one mile of shoreline along Higgins Lake, which is a large spring-fed body of water known for its clarity and fishing potential. Marl Lake is considerably smaller, shallower and less developed.

The park was first opened as a campground in 1927 with 15 campsites. In 2002, the park marked its 75th anniversary with the dedication of three new toilet/shower facilities, new electrical systems and water upgrades. As the second largest campground in a state park, the park's 400 modern camp sites are situated in a hardwood-shaded area. The park is very popular during the summer months and reservations must be made early.

Attractions - Attractions to this park center on the water related sports. Boat launch, boat rentals, fishing, swimming and scuba diving are popular pastimes. Anglers typically snag trout and yellow perch, however, the lake supports populations of northern pike, rock bass, and smelt as well. A 512-site campground with modern facilities is open April 1 to November 30. Over five miles of multi-use trails are open to hikers, bikers, and cross-country skiers. The park is also newly handicapped accessible.

Recreation - Recreations at this park include swimming, camping, boating, fishing, mountain biking, hiking, and scuba diving. In winter, folks enjoy cross-country skiing and ice fishing.

S. Higgins Lake- Modern - (800) 447-2757, 400 site(s), $29/$27/$25

South Higgins Lake-Green Trail - 2 (Miles), Hiking, Cross Country Ski
South Higgins-Red Trail - 3.5 (Miles), Hiking, Cross Country Ski
South Higgins Lake-Blue Trail - 5.5 (Miles), Hiking, Cross Country Ski

Climate - Northern Michigan normally experiences mild summers with average temperatures around 70 degrees F (21 degrees C). Winter temperatures average 14 - 22 degrees F (-10 to -6 degrees C). Yearly rain and snowmelt in the region averages 28 - 36 inches but can be dramatically altered by the "lake effect," thus depositing significant amounts of snow within a short period of time causing hazardous road conditions.

Location - Located on the southern shores of Higgins Lake, the park is approximately 6.5 miles southwest of Roscommon. To reach the park take US 27 to the Higgins Lake Road exit.

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Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: We stayed here August 10, 2006. I was very disappointed with the campsites. The congestion was terrible. The sandy beach area is very narrow and the water has lots of little black pieces of ? floating in it - not very clean looking. Best thing is across the street at Marl Lake where you can fish or go for a hike. I won't be going back there.

Filed By: Darek (loudington, Mi)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: go out to the light house very nice long beech walk about a mile to get to the light house but it is fun because of all the sand dunes and the water is moderately clear.

Filed By: Ashley (Holly, MI)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I have been goign tos outh higgins lake state pake my hole life it is a very friendly palce with lots to do i highly recamend this palce for some family fun

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South Higgins Lake State Park, 106 State Park Drive , Roscommon, MI, 48653, Phone: 989-821-6374

Additional Information:
Michigan Lakes and Rivers - Michigan is one of the most unique states in the nation boasting not only thousands of acres of interior natural lakes along with miles of waterways but also expansive shorelines that touch four of the five Great Lakes: Superior, Michigan, Huron, and Erie.
Michigan State Parks and Forests - Everything that makes Michigan special is embodied in the 96 State Parks. Boasting sterling recreation, Michigan State Parks and Forests invite you to enjoy one of their 14,000 campsites, 170 winter-sport areas and infinite rivers, streams, and lakes.
Northern Michigan - Flat agricultural and industrial lands of southern Michigan evolve into scenic rolling glacial hillsides covered with hardwoods and conifers and bisected by some of the state's largest waterways including the famed Au Sable and Thunder Bay rivers.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Official agency website.


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