The Houghton Lake area offers a wide variety of outdoor activites in all four seasons.

  • Canoes and Kayaks

    Canoeing / Kayaking

    Come to Roscommon County and enjoy some of the finest canoeing, kayaking and tubing in the world. Nestled in gently rolling hills and valleys, our gently flowing rivers will treat you to a special experience. Blanketed with forest and captivating water we are here waiting to share the wealth of wildlife and wilderness with you. Float the Muskegon and the South Branch of the world famous AuSable River with us. Each of these rivers has its own unique characteristic, but all of them gently take you through the cool shaded forests in and near Roscommon County.

  • Fishing

    Fishing

    In Roscommon County you will find great fishing on all three of our county lakes (Houghton Lake, Higgins Lake & Lake St. Helen). Fishing abounds for a variety of species including; Lake Trout, Perch, Crappie, Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Walleye, Northern Pike, Bluegill and more.

  • Hiking

    Hiking

    It's hard to put into words how Tip Up Town USA has come to be the very description of winter fun and enjoyment for the whole family at Houghton Lake. Thousands of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and neighboring residents return each year to see this largest Winter Festival in Michigan. Don't miss this fun-filled family event. We are looking forward to having you as our guests.

  • Golf

    Golf

    The Houghton Lake Area boasts an even dozen great golf courses for you to enjoy. The next time you get the urge to take a break from the daily routine and enjoy a golf getaway, we're here waiting to spoil you. Golf packages are available from a anumber of the hotels, motels and resorts in the area. Be sure to ask about golf packages when planning your next golf outing.

  • Geocaching

    Geocaching

    If a day in the sand and the sun is what you enjoy, the Houghton Lake Area is the place for you. With dozens of resorts, motels and lodges located right on the water and many more public beaches and picnic areas, you will have your pick of the right beach for you. There are great public beaches that include swimming, children toys, barbecue pits and sheltered picnic areas and some even have showers and toilets.

  • ORVs

    ORVs

    Let’s get muddy. Let’s rev up our engines and venture out on hundreds of miles of the best ORV trails in the State of Michigan. Here two-track, twisty single-track, and soggy mud bogs welcome dirt bikes, quads and four-wheelers.

  • Winter Fun

    Winter Fun

    There's plenty to do during the winter months in the Houghton Lake area. Whether you enjoy snowmobiling, cross-country or downhill skiing, snowshoeing or ice fishing, ice skating or winter festivals, the Houghton Lake area is a winter wonderland.

  • Tip-Up-Town USA

    Tip-Up-Town USA

    It's hard to put into words how Tip Up Town USA has come to be the very description of winter fun and enjoyment for the whole family at Houghton Lake. Thousands of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and neighboring residents return each year to see this largest Winter Festival in Michigan. Don't miss this fun-filled family event. We are looking forward to having you as our guests..

  • Snowmobiling

    Snowmobiling

    With roughly 200 miles of groomed snowmobile trails in Roscommon County, Houghton Lake is the perfect stop for the snowmobile enthusiast. It is clear to see why Houghton Lake attracts thousands of snowmobile enthusiasts each winter. With northern Michigan's extensive trail system, abundant snow and exciting terrain, it is the perfect setting for a snowmobiling adventure for all ages.

  • Cross-Country Skiing

    Cross-Country Skiing

    Cross-country skiing is one Northern Michigan’s most popular sports. There are hundreds of miles of marked and well-maintained ski trails in Roscommon County. These include family-friendly trails and more demanding routes for experienced skiers. These ski trails are free for all to enjoy.

  • Downhill Skiing

    Downhill Skiing

    Downhill skiing is a mainstay for winter fun. The Houghton Lake area has two nearby downhill ski venues.

  • Snowshoeing

    Snowshoeing

    Snowshoeing is fast becoming one of winter's most popular activities. Just minutes from your hotel room you will find a wide variety of state forest trails on which to experience the best that winter has to offer.

  • Ice Fishing

    Ice Fishing

    Experience the excitement of winter fishing on Houghton Lake, Higgins Lake and Lake St. Helen. Here you will find perch, crappie, small and large mouth bass, northern pike, walleye, pike, bluegill and more. Shanties MUST be removed by March 15 from all bodies of water.