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.

  • Snowmobiling

    Snowmobiles

    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.


Annual Events

  • Houghton Lake Area
    Tip-Up Town USA

    The largest Winter Festival in Michigan featuring Polar Bear Dip, Softball on Ice Tournament, 5K Fun Run/Walk, Snowmobile Radar Run, Youth & Adult Hockey Tournaments, Helicopter Rides, Carnival Games, Carnival Rides, Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Horshshoes, Quick Carve Wood Carving Competition, Family Fun Tent Admission, Family Skate Night, Adult Beverage Tent, Giant Ice Slide, Outdoor Stage, Kids Medallion Hunt, Ice Fishing Contest and more!


  • Ice Skating & Hockey

  • Houghton Lake Area

    All of the lakes will afford you the opportunity to skate on the lakes when they are completely frozen.


    • Markey Township (Truman Gardens Park)

      Has a maintained natural ice rink, which is cleared of snow and watered regularly.