Michigan's 'Other Great Lakes'

HOUGHTON LAKE: The largest inland lake in Michigan.  Located in Roscommon County, it's waters cover over 20,044 acres.  The lake is approximately 9 miles north to south and about 5 miles at its widest point with 30 miles of total shoreline making it an extremely popular resort and fishing area for year round enjoyment.  Easy access and only about 2 1/2 hours traveling time from the Detroit, Grand Rapids and the Lansing areas.  Michigan State Highway 55 follows the southern shore, while U.S. 127 passes just to the west and Michigan State Highway 18 and Interstate 75 passes just to the east.

HIGGINS LAKE:  Higgins Lake has been rated by National Geographic as the "6th most beautiful lake in the world".  A place of unmatched beauty and fun.  It's been said that you can view a coin lying on the bottom at a depth of 40' in the clear, spring fed lake.  Higgins Lake offers excellant fishing, scenic boating and the depths make it a popular scuba diving location.  The 9,900 acre lake is known for its deep, clear waters and is the 10th largest in Michigan with a shoreline of 21 miles.  It has a maximum width of 4 miles and 7 miles long with a maximum depth of 135 feet.  There are two state parks, South Higgins Lake State Park, with a mile of shoreline, and North Higgins Lake State Park.  Both provide public boat launches, beautiful sand beaches and camping facilities, and are very popular in the summer months.

LAKE JAMES: A beautiful man made lake. located just East of Prudenville, with over 300 acres of water at an average depth of 12 feet.  The lake is approximately 1.5 miles long and the widest point is 3/4 of a mile.  Lake James is made up of many fingers offering nearly 10 miles of shoreline, with 12 private lakefront parks and one offhshore park provided for the use of property owners and their guests.  Moosehead park is a large secured park on the southwest side of the lake for boat launching.  Each property owner receives their own key to the secured gate.

LAKE ST. HELEN:  A true treasure for the sportsman.  The spring fed shallow lake consists of three separate bodies of water totaling 2,400 acres with nearly 18 miles of shoreline.  Power boats, jet skis, pleasaure crafts and anglers enjoy the waters of this beautiful lake.  Home of the Bluegill Festival!

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