Public Beaches

    Higgins Lake

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    Gerrish Township Community Park

    103 Mill Street - Roscommon

    Has a picnic area, beach and marina.

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    North Higgins Lake State Park Day Use Area

    11747 North Higgins Lake Drive - Roscommon

    Located on North Higgins Lake Dr. on the north shore of Higgins Lake. This large day use area has a sandy swimming beach, a bathhouse, playground structure, a large picnic shelter and a boat launch. Admission is by State Park sticker.

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    Phoenix Park

    West Higgins Lake Dr. - Lyon Township

    Located on West Higgins Lake Dr. in Lyon Township. This beachfront park has a sandy swimming beach and a playground area on the west Shore of Higgins Lake. There is no changing area, but they do have vault toilets.

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    South Higgins Lake State Park Day Use Area

    County Road 100 - South Higgins Lake

    Located on County Road 100 on the south shore of Higgins Lake. This large day use area contains a sandy swimming beach, bath house, camp/beach store, playground area, large picnic shelters (available for private parties) and a boat launch. Admission is by a State Park sticker.


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    Roscommon Township Beach

    Sanford St. & Loxley Rd

    On Houghton Lake Located on Sanford St., at the foot of Loxley Rd., this park has a swimming beach on the south shore of Houghton Lake. It contains a sandy beach, a playground, sheltered picnic area, and vault toilets.

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    Sullivan Beach

    Park Street - Houghton Lake

    Located on the East Bay of Houghton Lake on Park Street, behind Chase Bank, one block south of M-55 in Prudenville. This park has a swimming area in the East Bay area of Houghton Lake. They also have restrooms, a playground area and drinking water.

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    Lakeview Park

    M55- Houghton Lake

    South shore of Houghton Lake on M55 at Federal Ave and Towerhill Rd. Fishing Pier, Playground equipment, canoe and Kayak launch and pier fishing, Handicap access.


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    Public Service Announcement

    Summer's Itch

      Swimmer's itch is fairly common in many of the pristine lakes in our area, including Higgins Lake. Below is a link to information provided by Gerrish Township which includes: What Swimmer's Itch Is, Symptoms, What You Can Do, How It Is Transmitted and Treatment.


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    • Summer's Itch Information

  • Great Getaways: Windsurfing on Higgins Lake

  • Picnic Areas

    (In addition to beaches)

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    Gerrish Township Park

    County Road 103 (Marl Lake Rd) behind the Gerrish Township Fire Station

    There is a sheltered picnic area, playground, tennis courts, and plenty of grassy play areas. They also have portable bathrooms.

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    Happy Landing Playground

    M-55 on the Collins Elementary School property

    This large wooden playground, with a separate areafor toddlers, is located on the Collins Elementary School property. This playground is not open to the public during school hours.

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    Houghton Lake Community Center Park

    This Park is located behind the Pines Theatre on M-55, next to the Houghton Lake Community Center.

    This area has picnic tables and tennis courts and a small playground area.

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    Lyon Township Recreation Area

    Old 27, near N. Higgins Lake Dr.

    Offering a picnic area, restrooms, playground, softball field, and a cross-country trail loop. This Park is made for families for all seasons.

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    Truman Gardner Park

    County Road 100, next to the Blodgett Roscommon County Airport.

    This Park is a picnic area on County Road 100. It has playground equipment, tennis courts, an ice skating/hockey rink, a Gazebo and restrooms.

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    Richfield Township Park

    Airport Road - St. Helen

    This park contains 2 playgrounds, a softball field, a tennis court, a place to rent outdoor gear, and a nice size game room including board and arcade games.

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    Roscommon Township Park

    Knapp Road, south of M-55 behind the Roscommon Township Hall

    This Park is a playground area, sheltered picnic areas and a soccer field.

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    Rotary Park

    County Road 100 - Denton Township

    This sheltered picnic area is across from the soccer fields, ideal for a nice picnic with the family, rain or shine. Available for group parties and reunions, call (989)366-5644 for information and directions.

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    Trestle Park

    2378 S. Gladwin Road - Prudenville

    A beautiful, universally accessible park, with a covered dining area, fishing/viewing dock, rain garden, logging mural on the south west shore of Houghton Lake. Information kiosk, restrooms and playground equipment on site for family enjoyment.

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    Wallace Park

    M-18 - downtown Roscommon

    A small picnic area on the banks of the AuSable River. It has a nice quiet picnic area where you can watch the canoes go by while enjoying your lunch/picnic.