Visit Houghton Lake Roscommon Saint Helen Higgins Lake
Roscommon County Visitors’ Guide
• Lake Saint Helen, one of northern Michigan’s most popular fishing destinations Combined, they make Roscommon County a world-class, four-season, vacation destination. Affordable lodging opportunities are available, from luxurious waterfront hotels and familyowned motels to quaint cottages and rustic cabins, or choose to camp at our private and state park campgrounds. We have dining opportunities from fast foods, to home-style family restaurants, to fine dining. Head out to our amusement parks, historical sites, theater, trails, and beaches. Enjoy our local festivals during the winter, summer, and fall. There are activities for the whole family. Whether you love to hike or bike, golf or shop, canoe or swim - just come stay and play! Dave Clouse, Houghton Lake Area Tourism board president
Table of Contents Birding Trail Events Fishing Fishing Contest Golf Higgins Lake /Roscommon History
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Houghton Lake Lakes & Rivers Lodging Quilt Trail Saint Helen Shopping Trails Winter
Welcome to Roscommon County
Hello, and welcome to our unique spot in the heart of northern Michigan. • Houghton Lake, Michigan’s largest inland lake with more than 22,000 surface acres; • Higgins Lake, the sixth most beautiful lake in the world according to the National Geographic Society;
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Cover photo: Houghton Lake Flats wildlife viewing gazebo by Mark Constance
This Visitors Guide was proudly produced by AuSable Media.
Come Experience Houghton Lake Hospitality Cool People, Warm Smiles & Hot Chocolate VVVisit Houghton Lake
Houghton Lake is one of the largest resort areas in the state, and home of the largest inland lake in Michigan. Located in the center of the Lower Peninsula, it offers a variety of activities for the families and sports enthusiasts year round. Winter brings Tip-Up Town USA, Michigan’s largest winter festival; Antique snowmobile shows and races, Side X Side ice races and more. Summer hosts amusement parks with batting cages, go karts, Putt-putt golf and more; Water sports, swimming and parks.
1625 W. Houghton Lake Dr. Houghton Lake, MI 48629 Phone: 989-366-5644 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Visit Houghton Lake
Prudenville and Houghton Lake boast a wide variety of retail shopping. Outdoor concerts at Trestle Park and the Chamber of Commerce property; and car shows are other activities you can enjoy. And don’t forget the golf courses!
A Place for Today. Tomorrow. The Future.
Higgins Lake ~ Roscommon
South Branch of the AuSable River * Canoe launches and races * Michigan Fireman’s Memorial *Summer concerts* Art Festival * Walkable downtown Roscommon * Unique shops around Higgins Lake * Museums * Restaurants and more ...
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Between I-75 and US-127 in northern Roscommon County
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Winter wonderland in Roscommon County
There’s plenty to do during the winter months in the Houghton Lake area. Whether you enjoy snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or ice fishing, ice skating or winter festivals, the Houghton Lake area is a winter wonderland.
Cross Country Ski – Find groomed trails at:
Tisdale Triangle, ½ mile from Roscommon via M-18 and Tisdale Road Cross Country Ski Headquarters, 9435 N Cut Rd, Roscommon
Snowshoe – Our local trails (see page 26) Horse drawn sleigh rides available at Triple D Ranch, 1086 N. Everett Rd, Roscommon
Ice Fishing - Experience the excitement of
winter fishing on Houghton Lake, Higgins Lake and Lake St. Helen.
Ice Skating - Markey Township (Truman
Gardens Park) has a maintained natural ice rink, which is cleared of snow and watered regularly.
Snowmobiles - With roughly 200 miles of
groomed snowmobile trails in Roscommon County, Houghton Lake is the perfect stop for the snowmobile enthusiast.
Annual Winter Events:
Tip-Up Town USA on Houghton Lake the last weekends in January St. Helen Snow Run in February at Snow Packers Clubhouse, 520 N Saint Helen Rd, St. Helen Higgins Lake/Roscommon Winterfest, Higgins Lake around Higgins Lake
Visit Saint Helen
Fun for you at Exit 222
989-389-3725 email@example.com www.sainthelenchamber.net
Groomed Trails • All Sports Lake with boat rentals and on lake gas • Campgrounds • Marina • ORV Rock Climb • ADA Approved Fishing Pier and Canoe/Kayak Launch • Veterans Memorial • Shopping & Dining • Fishing Tournaments • Daily trail equipment rentals at local businesses
Year-round recreation destination, including participation in the Roscommon County Quilt and AuSable Birding Trails. Saint Helen also offers the only higher education campus in the county, having partnered with Lake Superior State University to offer certificate programs as well as two and four year degrees.
Explore our Lakes
Our lakes are for more than fishing. Enjoy boating, sailing, swimming, or yoga on the beach.
South DNR boat launch* – located behind Rite Aid on M-55 West DNR boat launch* – located on Old 27 next to Lakeside Resort East DNR boat launch* - located at Whitney Court, on County Road 100 Sullivan Beach – located behind Chase Bank on Park Street off M-55 in Prudenville Lapham’s Marina – located off County Rd 100 on Marina Drive. Private launch site with small fee
DNR boat launch* - South Higgins Lake State Park. Only boats belonging to registered campers can be left overnight Gerrish Township Marina – located at the end of Mill Road, off West Higgins Lake Drive DNR boat launch* - located on W. Higgins Lake (County Road 200) in Lyon Township DNR boat launch* - North Higgins Lake State Park B&B Marina – rental marina located on Clare Street on the North Shore of Higgins Lake. Available for customers
Lake St. Helen:
Richfield Township launch site – open to the public. Features a free ADA kayak and canoe launch with fishing pier
DNR launch* - Marl Lake located south of Higgins Lake, across from South Higgins Lake State Park. Non motorized boats only
DNR launch* – located at Reedsburg Dam State Forest Campground at the junction of M-55 and County Road 300 near Houghton Lake *Requires a Michigan Recreation Passport
AuSable River Float the South Branch of the world-famous AuSable River, world-renowned for canoeing, kayaking and tubing. From Roscommon it flows north and east through the Mason Tract, preserved as a wilderness between Chase Bridge and Smith Bridge. Here the river’s depth ranges from one to four feet; deeper in a few places. A moderate current will take you steadily downstream.
Float our Rivers
Enjoy some of the World’s finest river sports in Roscommon County. Nestled in rolling hills and valleys, our gently flowing rivers will treat you to a special experience.
The Muskegon flows south and west from Houghton Lake into the backwaters of Reedsburg Dam. It meanders through miles of unspoiled wilderness traveling through the Houghton Lake Wildlife Research Area, flowing over a bed of sand at approximately 3-4 miles per hour.
~ Photo courtesy of Sean Brabant
Roscommon Canoe Liveries can help you plan trips from one hour to overnight. Campbell’s Canoe Livery 1112 Lake Street, Roscommon. 989-275-5810 campbellscanoes.com Paddle Brave Canoe Livery and Campground Resort 106 Steckert Bridge Road, Roscommon 989-275-5273 paddlebrave.com
GERRISH TOWNSHIP COMMUNITY PARK & MARINA 103 Mill Road Roscommon
SOUTH HIGGINS LAKE STATE PARK County Road 100 - South Higgins Lake PHOENIX PARK West Higgins Lake Dr. Lyon Township
PARK 27 10635 N Harrison Road Lyon Township
TRESTLE PARK 2378 S. Gladwin Road Prudenville
HEIGHTS PARK BEACH 2 blocks East of Loxley Road on Sanford St.
GERRISH TOWNSHIP PARK County Road 103 (Marl Lake Rd) behind the Gerrish Township Fire Station
SULLIVAN BEACH Park Street - Houghton Lake
HAPPY LANDING PLAYGROUND M-55 on the Collins Elementary School property HOUGHTON LAKE COMMUNITY CENTER PARK Behind the Pines Theatre on M-55.
SAM-0-SET PARK Higgins Lake Lyon Township LAKEVIEW PARK M55- Houghton Lake at Federal Ave and Towerhill Road
RICHFIELD TOWNSHIP PARK E, Airport Road - St. Helen
ST. HELEN COMMUNITY GARDEN PARK N. St. Helen Rd, Saint Helen
Beaches and Parks
NORTH HIGGINS LAKE STATE PARK 11747 North Higgins Lake Drive - Roscommon
SKINNER PARK 8555 Knapp Rd (1/2 Mile S. of M55) Houghton Lake
COVE PARK W. Airport Road on Lake Saint Helen
TRUMAN GARDNER PARK County Road 100, next to the Blodgett Roscommon County Airport.
ROTARY PARK County Road 100 Denton Township
WALLACE PARK M-18 - downtown Roscommon
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With three large inland lakes in Roscommon County to choose from, anglers have access to many species of fish. Higgins Lake features easy
access to catch Lake Trout, bass, Pike, Yellow Perch, Rainbow Trout and more.
At Houghton Lake you will find Walleye, Northern Pike, bass and Bluegill among others. There are five access sites strategically located around the lake.
Lake St. Helen is renowned
for its panfish. Bluegill and Crappie in the 8-9-inch range are common. You can also find bass, Northern Pike, and Walleye present.
~ photo courtesy Nick Poindexter
The AuSable River is famous for its world-class flyfishing for trout.
Catch a tagged fish on • Houghton Lake • Higgins Lake • Lake Saint Helen
to become eligible to win the Grand Prize in Houghton Lake Area Tourism Bureau’s “Catch Us If You Can” contest. • Receive a $50 gas card; and • Be entered into a drawing for the grand prize. One youth angler will win $250 and a kayak. Adult anglers draw for a chance at the grand prize which includes a new Lund Boat provided by Spicer’s of Houghton Lake; Mark Martin’s Ice Fishing School; or a prize package sponsored by Pioneer Hills Marine. Hundreds of tagged fish of all kinds are swimming in the three lakes, with additional fish tagged each year. For complete rules and a list of sponsors, go to
Roscommon County’s Year-round Fishing Contest
Catch Us If You Can
Places to stay
Hotels & Motels
Dining on site
Picnic / play area
AMERICAN INN & SUITES
KORBINSKI’S LAKEVIEW MOTEL
Prime location on the west side of Houghton Lake with easy on / easy off access to US-127. We offer a free hot breakfast. Just a minute drive away from the lake.
Boats and bait, pontoon and jet ski rental, motel and kitchenettes. Located on the lake. Korbinski’s welcomes you to Roscommon County!
SUPER 8 MOTEL
On the shore of Houghton Lake. Complimentary continental breakfast, boat dock, grills, hot tub, heated indoor pool, and more. Children under 17 stay free. Refrigerators in all rooms.
Quality you’ve come to expect at Super 8 Motels! We have 70 clean & comfortable rooms, continental breakfast, whirlpool, sauna, indoor pool, and ample parking. Pets allowed.
LAKESIDE RESORT & CONFERENCE CENTER
NORTH WINDS LODGE AT HIGGINS LAKE
Recently remodeled rooms with a modern look, comfortable beds, Wi-Fi and coffee makers in each room. Higgins Lake is a brief walk and offers all the recreation you could ask for. Pet friendly.
200 Cloverleaf Lane Houghton Lake 989-422-7829
4990 W Houghton Lake Drive Houghton Lake 989-202-4700 | 855- 235-9709
100 Clearview Drive, Houghton Lake A full-service resort on beautiful Houghton Lake, the perfect place for all occasions – weddings, ceremony and receptions of a lifetime. Indoor pool and water-slide. Onsite restaurant and bar. Game room and pool table. Pet friendly.
SPRINGBROOK INN RESORT & TIKI BAR 565 W. West Branch Road Prudenville 989-366-6347
A beautiful luxury Inn for couples located on five wooded acres, the backyard features a Japanese Koi fish pond with waterfall. Enjoy casual fine dining at the East Bay Grille and year-round Caribbean Frog Tiki Bar. King beds, fireplaces, hot breakfast, room refrigerator & microwave; optional hot tub.
364 W Houghton Lake Dr. Houghton Lake 989-366-5306
9580 W Lake City Road Houghton Lake 800-800-8000 | 989- 422-3119
9123 N Cut Road - Roscommon 989-965-1398
GREAT ESCAPE MOTOR LODGE
8097 N Harrison Rd - Higgins Lake 989-821-6343 Game room, playground, air conditioning. A great place for your family vacation. Located between Houghton Lake and Higgins Lake.
TRAILS END MOTEL
10100 East Airport Rd - Saint Helen 989-389-7929 Less than a mile from the ORV trailhead, public beach and boat launch.
THE OHANA LAKEFRONT RESORT
104 W Houghton Lake Dr., Houghton Lake 989-366-5122 The Ohana is more than a resort – it’s a family. Located on beautiful Houghton Lake with a great beach, picnic areas, giant sandbox, outdoor grilling, and shuffleboard
LAGOON RESORT & MOTEL
6578 W Houghton Lake Drive Houghton Lake 989-422-5761 | 888-215-4711 Cottages, boats, located on Houghton Lake for your summer fun! Pontoon, 3-acre resort with boat ramp.
3769 E Houghton Lake Dr, Houghton Lake 989-366-5711
Located in the center of Houghton Lake by a shopping center & restaurants. ADA accessible. Pet friendly.
Cabins, Cottages, Resorts OAK BEACH RESORT
Places to stay
118 State Street, Houghton Lake 989-798-3775 Well-equipped cottages/cabins on Houghton Lake. The resort has a sandy beach, row boats, pontoon rentals, fire pits, wireless internet and a play area for children.
POPLARS RESORT AND CAMPGROUND
10360 West Shore Drive, Houghton Lake 989-422-5132 Lake front units with kitchens, microwaves. Camp sites for self-contained units only. Sandy beach, shallow swim area, great fishing, boating and water-skiing.
REFLECTIONS ON THE LAKE
574 W Houghton Lake Drive, Prudenville 989-366-6784 One & two bedroom rooms on Houghton Lake, boat docking, mooring, and rentals. Paddle boats, nightly camp fires with complementary marshmallows. 180’ of beach with a nice swimming area. Non-smoking facility, sorry no pets.
3723 E Houghton Lake Drive, Houghton Lake 989-366-5512
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Amvets Lodge & Cabins – Higgins Lake Behind the Woodshed – Higgins Lake Dragan’s Resort – Higgins Lake Shields House Rentals – Higgins Lake The Holland House – Roscommon The Twins at Sunset Beach – Higgins Lake C Dub’s Lakeshore Resort – Houghton Lake Crest Resort – Houghton Lake Dream Catcher Outpost – Houghton Lake Fought’s Resort – Houghton Lake Jack’s on the Bay – Houghton Lake Lyman’s on the Lake – Houghton Lake Miller’s Lakeshore Resort – Houghton Lake North Bay Landing – Houghton Lake Songer’s Log Cabin Resort – Houghton Lake Whitetail Family Resort – Houghton Lake Powers Lodge - Saint Helen
A gem on Houghton lake with recently renovated cottages and lodge. Game room, sun porch. Open year round.
Campgrounds HOUGHTON LAKE TRAVEL PARK CAMPGROUND
370 Cloverleaf Lane, Houghton Lake 989-422-3931
2380 West Burdell Road, Roscommon 989-821-6891 One mile east of Higgins Lake.
ST. HELEN CAMPGROUND
E. Airport Road, Saint Helen 989-389-4452
Full hookup or rustic campsites. Three camping cabins, playground, pool, hot showers.
Full hookup and rustic campsites at the Richfield Township park with easy access to ORV trail system, Lake Saint Helen, restaurants and gas stations.
PADDLE BRAVE CANOE LIVERY AND CAMPGROUND RESORT
WOODED ACRES FAMILY CAMPGROUND & CABIN RENTALS
10610 Steckert Bridge Road Roscommon 800-681-7092 | 989-275-5273
Campground and canoe livery on the South Branch of the AuSable River. Open year-round. Welcomes all campers, from pup tents to RVs.
WEST HOUGHTON LAKE CAMPGROUND
997 Federal Ave, Houghton Lake, 989-422-3413
Cabins and campsites a mile from Houghton Lake. Pool, playground, direct access to ORV trails.
9671 W. Airport Road, Saint Helen, 989-632-3179
9371 W. Houghton Lake Dr, Houghton Lake 989-4225130
Close to the lake & ORV trails.
Open all year – located across from the West DNR boat launch on Houghton Lake.
5941 Poplar Street, Saint Helen, 989-709-1136
HIGGINS LAKE KOA
3800 W. Federal Hwy, Roscommon 989-275-8151
NORTHERN NIGHTS FAMILY CAMPGROUND
Located just one mile from fabulous Higgins Lake and nestled in a quiet forest setting
ARTESIA BEACH CAMPGROUND & MARINA NORTH HIGGINS LAKE STATE PARK SOUTH HIGGINS LAKE STATE PARK HOUGHTON LAKE STATE FOREST CAMPGROUND
The Houghton Lake Historical Village contains many restored 1800s buildings. Historical Village Days is held annually the first weekend of August. During the festival the site comes alive with numerous craft and musical demonstrations, with guides dressed period costumes.
Veterans Memorial Park
St. Helen Veterans Memorial Park, located on the north end of town, offers a place for peaceful contemplation to honor those who have served our country.
Other Historical Sites Anchor Inn Ausable River Center
Gallimore Boarding House
Located in Roscommon, the 1880s built Gallimore Boarding House operated as a boarding house from 1904 to 1931. It has three rooms furnished to that period, two exhibit rooms and a gift shop. The Richardson Schoolhouse next door (19141955) is being restored as a museum.
Roscommon County historical sites
Houghton Lake Historical Village
CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) Museum Michigan State Firemen’s Memorial Houghton Lake Historical Playhouse Roscommon Historic Model Train Club Wellington Farm Park
Enjoy a hike
LOST TWIN LAKES PATHWAY 7 miles south of Houghton Lake on Reserve Road is Lost Twin Lakes Pathway. This 3-mile loop trail winds through an old growth pine forest. Designed for hiking and cross-country skiing this trail has several bridges, including a covered bridge. The trail contains scenic overviews of pristine wetland areas.
MARL LAKE Marl Lake is south of South Higgins Lake State Park. Around Marl Lake there are three loop trails: Green Trail – 2-miles of trail; Red Trail - 3.5-mile loop much of it on the edge of the lake; and Blue Trail - 5.5-mile loop with half of it along the edge of the lake.
OTHER TRAILS NORTH HIGGINS LAKE STATE PARK TRAILS 11747 N Higgins Lake Drive - Roscommon
SKINNER PARK 8555 Knapp Road - Houghton Lake
RED PINE NATURAL AREA Eight miles north of St. Helen via F-97 & Sunset Road
TISDALE TRIANGLE ½ mile from Roscommon via M-18 and Tisdale Road Visit our neighbors to the north...
HARTWICK PINES STATE PARK 4216 Ranger Road, Grayling
MASON TRACT PATHWAY
15 miles east of Grayling on M-72 or about 5 miles north of Roscommon on Chase Bridge Road just off of M-18
MARGUERITE GAHAGAN NATURE PRESERVE You will find many peaceful hiking trails amongst mature white and red pine forest and cedar swamp. This is an area developed to protect habitat and wildlife forever. Gahagan is open to the public from dawn until dusk. One trail is paved and wheelchair accessible.
LANSING ROAD 4 miles of Lansing Road between M-18 and Flint Road is dedicated as a Natural Beauty Road. It contains a large tract of natural white birch (believed to be the largest in Michigan). This large tract of land is traversed by the quietly flowing Cut River.
Winter or Summer, Roscommon County is the place to venture ‘off road’ Trails, routes, and county roads are open to ORVs in Roscommon County. And we are the home to the Saint Helen Scramble Area – a 2 mile square of open riding which includes sand hills and a rock climb. Rock Climb GPS 44*20.148’N -84*22.865’W
Ride the trails
Off Road Vehicles
Roscommon County has roughly 200 miles of groomed snowmobile trails. It’s the perfect place for accessing Michigan’s 6,100 miles of snowmobiling trails. Higgins Lake, Houghton Lake, Roscommon and Saint Helen offer exceptional conditions for the snowmobile enthusiast. There is plenty of lodging and snowmobiling friendly pubs and taverns, and terrific dining as well.
BIRCH POINTE GOLF CLUB
REDWOOD GOLF COURSE
A 9-hole course offers terrific views and challenging play for golfers at every skill level.
Redwood Golf Course is a public, par 72, 18-hole course located perfectly positioned between Houghton Lake and Higgins Lake off of Markey Road.
7071 Artesia Beach Road - Saint Helen 989-389-7009
FOREST DUNES GOLF CLUB
4345 Redwood Drive - Roscommon 989-821-9821
6376 Forest Dunes Drive - Roscommon 989-275-0700
THE FOX GOLF COURSE
FOX RUN COUNTRY CLUB
THE QUEST GOLF CLUB
An 18-hole champion track and part of a real estate development. There are several tees, including a set for juniors, to accommodate all skill levels.
5825 W 4 Mile Road - Grayling 989-348-4343
An18-hole course at par 72, Fox Run offers tree-lined fairways, marsh holes, heather rough and undulating greens to test players of all abilities.
PINE VIEW HIGHLANDS GOLF COURSE
4761 W Houghton Lake Drive - Houghton Lake 989-366-7726 An affordable, scenic, meticulously maintained golf course with 18 holes playing to a par 71 with a slope rating of 123.
3343 N Flint Road – Roscommon 989-422-2497
A small 18-hole par 3 golf course located on Flint Road between W. Houghton Lake Drive and County Road 104 with a driving range, practice greens, and golf lessons.
119 Questview Drive - Houghton Lake 989-422-4516
A player friendly golf facility, with a layout and slope rating challenging enough for an interesting and enjoyable round for all levels of players.
WHITE DEER COUNTRY CLUB 1309 Bright Angel Drive – Prudenville 989-366-5812
A picturesque, 18-hole, facility near the shores of Houghton Lake. Beginners are welcomed as well as the seasoned golfers to enjoy the wooded but friendly layout
YE OLD COUNTRY CLUB
904 W Sunset Drive - Roscommon 989-275-5582 A 9-hole golf course located on County Road 104 in Roscommon. Perfect for beginning golfers and children that wish to try their hand at playing golf.
Disc Golf Courses Roscommon Township / Skinner Park 8555 Knapp Rd; Houghton Lake 18 holes - Mostly flat and lightly wooded. A mix of hole styles, utilizing the various terrain, natural clearings in the woods, hills, old trails, etc. Hole #1 starts south of the play ground and runs along the soccer field, it finishes inside the wood line.
Markey Township Park 3354 W. School Road, Roscommon 9 Holes - The first tee is just past the dog park.
Roscommon County has all kinds of dining options, from fast food to fine dining; ice cream to coffee shops; and pizza to sushi. HIGGINS LAKE
Bear North Creamery Country Corner Pizza & More Higgins Lake Dairy Queen Little Cottage Ice Cream Mel’s Pine Pantry Nibbles Ice Cream Polar Parlor Pizza & Ice Cream The Bird and the Bear Silver Dollar Pub & Grill Cut River Grille
BC Pizza Beechwood Cafe Fred’s of Roscommon Green’s Tavern Jack’s Place Made Up North Matt’s Lake Street Grill & Pizzeria Sangomore’s Restaurant at Forest Dunes
Angry Oven Pizza Firehouse Bar & Grill Jen’s Hen House Restaurant No Limits Pizza Mr. B’s Deli & Cafe Sam’s Diner Dirty Smoke BBQ L&M Sweet Shop
More Dining HOUGHTON LAKE Angelo’s Party Store Bailey’s Place Backdoor Saloon Better Pizza Blake’s On the Lake BBQ Buccilli’s Pizza China Buffet King Custard Cup East Bay Grille Garrett’s Place Garrett’s Pressure Crack Hungry Howie’s Joe’s Coney Island Kiss Me Coffee L.J.’s Kilkare Inn Lakeside Bar & Grille Lee’s Kitchen
Limberlost Little Boots Country Diner Little Caesars Pizza M55 Pour House MJ’s Eatery North Shore Lounge Nottingham Bar Powell’s Restaurant Randy’s Family Restaurant Shaker’s Restaurant Shrimp Shack Spikehorn Restaurant and Lounge Sno-Queen The Fox Den The Frog Tiki Bar Tip Top Ice Cream Shop Zone 18 Bar & Grill
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Cherished family quilts are made with love and handed down through generations. Established in October 2014, the Roscommon County Quilt Block Trail highlights brightly colored quilt blocks scattered throughout the county. Take a self-guided tour to find and see our colorful variety of quilt blocks. Many of the quilt patterns tell stories about family, history and culture.
Every Saturday For All Ages and Skill Levels The only inland birding trail in Michigan, the AuSable Birding Trail highlights remarkable bird habitat throughout the Houghton Lake, Higgins Lake, Saint Helen, and the AuSable River area. The birding trail continues north into Crawford county and includes locations to see the Kirtland’s Warbler, eagles, and other inland birds.
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Shop our Communities Roscommon is just two miles off I-75 at exits
239 and 244, and only a few miles east of beautiful Higgins Lake.
Stop in at any of the gift shops and stores surrounding Higgins Lake. The communities of Houghton Lake and Prudenville boast a wide variety of retail shopping – from one of the state’s largest craft supply stores to several small shops that range from antiques to gift shops.
Shopping in the county
Enjoy its walkable downtown with many small, unique shops offering gifts, jewelry, souvenirs and more within a few blocks. Enjoy a break at a coffee shop, wander through the aisles of the wine store, or shop the local butcher shop.
Keep your eyes open for mercantile, quilt shops, book stores, and other treasures. Specialty groceries can be found from one end of the town to the other including butcher shops and fruit markets. Local stores in Saint Helen have what you need to rent an ORV, bait your hook or purchase a unique gift. Many of the businesses do double duty (or more). Visit the local grocery store where you can buy groceries, themed clothing, and fresh meats and produce.
Tip Up Town USA Houghton Lake houghtonlakechamber.net
Kick-off to Summer Saint Helen Richfield Township Park sainthelenchamber.net
Kirtland’s Warbler Festival Roscommon facebook.com/ kirtlandwarblerfestival/
No Snow Fun Run St. Helen Snowpackers
Classic Car Show/Cornhole Downtown Roscommon hlrcc.com
St. Helen Snowpackers Snow Run Saint Helen sainthelensnowpackers.com Higgins Lake Winterfest Higgins Lake & Roscommon hlrcc.com Wine & Craft Beer Tasting Friends of the Roscommon Area District Library Ralph A MacMullan Center roscommonlibrary.org
Roscommon Canoe Classic Wallace Park Roscommon
Summer Concerts Gazebo Concerts - Roscommon roscorec.org/ Third Thursday - Trestle Park
Lyon Township - Higgins Lake lyontownship.org/communityactivities
JUNE Family Fishing Fest Saint Helen, Houghton Lake, Higgins Lake Check local Chambers of Commerce
Muskegon River Throw Down Houghton Lake mrtd.weebly.com
JULY Fireworks – Houghton Lake Roscommon Fire Training Grounds Richfield Twp. Park, St. Helen
Festivals and Fun in Roscommon County
Roscommon Annual Arts Festival CRAF Center lawn, downtown Roscommon hlrcc.com Bluegill Festival St. Helen bluegillfestival.org Historic Village Days Houghton Lake Historical Village houghtonlakechamber.net houghtonlakehistory.com Hubs n’ Pubs Pumpkin Run Classic Car Show Houghton Lake Rotary Houghton Lake
More fun and festivals
Events cont. Meals on Wheels Car Show Roscommon Fire Training Grounds Roscommon County COA
Helping Hands 5K & Auction St. Helen sainthelenchamber.net
Santa Parade & Community Tree Lighting, St. Helen sainthelenchamber.net
Houghton Lake Blues Festival Houghton Lake
SEPTEMBER Michigan Firemen’s Memorial Festival Roscommon Fire Training Grounds firemensmemorial.org Conservation Expo Roscommon roscommoncounty.net/ conservation/home/ St. Helen ORV Jam Richfield Township Park facebook.com/ sthelenorvjam/
Heroes Oper, Ride Saint Helen sainthelenchamber.net
Christmas in the Village and Light Parade Roscommon roscommonchristmasinthevillage.com Reindeer Run Roscommon roscorec.org/ Trestle Park Express & Tree Lighting Trestle Park – Prudenville Denton Township Stone House Check the given websites for current information on each event.
Houghton Lake App Houghton Lake * Roscommon * Saint Helen See what is happening in and around Roscommon County with Houghton Lake Area Tourism Bureau’s New, Free Phone App
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Trails Beaches Lodging Fishing reports And more!
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Houghton Lake Area Tourism Bureau www.VisitHoughtonLake.com
PO Box 1 * Houghton Lake MI 48653 * Toll Free 800-676-5330
Catch Us If You Can • • • •
Catch a tagged fish on • Houghton Lake • Higgins Lake • Lake Saint Helen
Receive a $50 gas card and Be entered into the grand prize drawing in Houghton Lake Area Tourism Bureau’s Catch Us If You Can contest. One adult angler is eligible for the Grand Prize drawing (guaranteed first place prize) One youth angler will win $250 and a kayak.
VisitHoughtonLake.com for details
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