What to do in South Higgins Lake State Park

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 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.

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

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.

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.

106 State Park Drive
Roscommon, MI 48653

Phone: 989-821-6374

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