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Houghton Lake is an unincorporated community in Roscommon County, Michigan with no local government, but should not be confused with the community of Houghton on the Keweenaw Peninsula. Houghton Lake is thought to have been first settled in 1873 by a family who moved south from Chesaning, Michigan to homestead. Timber production was largely responsible for the community's establishment and growth, and numerous logging camps had popped up by the mid-1800s. Other towns appeared, and railways were built to support the logging industry, which by the late 1800s had become the area's primary industry. Houghton Lake was established some time prior to 1879 but was originally name Roscommon; it was renamed in honor of Michigan's first state geologist, Douglass Houghton. Today it is one of Michigan's top resort destinations.
Book an RV in Roscommon County, and you are ready to begin exploring Michigan the way the early settlers did (albeit in more comfortable surroundings). There are other towns that are worth visiting while you're here. Grayling is the host of the Au Sable River Canoe Marathon which began in July of 1947 and has been held here ever since. Cadillac has two sister cities, Mölnlycke, Sweden, and Rovaniemi, Finland. Kalkaska has two major festivals, the National Trout Festival in April, and the WinterFest in January. Your Houghton Lake travel trailer rental is your invitation to visit these places and others.
Huron-Manistee National Forests is a multi-use area that provides for selective logging practices, wildlife refuge, and public recreation. It consists of dry sand prairie remnants, coastal marshlands, oak savannas, and other varieties of ecosystems. Visitors can use the park for hiking, cycling, and camping. Hunting and fishing are allowed, and it is a great destination for wildlife viewing and photography. Canoeing and kayaking are also popular activities within the forest.
Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge is an undeveloped outdoor recreation area where guests can enjoy hiking the numerous trails that wind through the marshes, rivers, and floodplain forest or follow a scenic auto route through the park. Sections of the area are set aside for agricultural activities or urban development, and the park serves as a sanctuary for migratory birds and endangered plant and animal species. Hunting and fishing are allowed in season. Park your Houghton Lake camper rental, and you can use it as nature blind while sitting in comfort.
Arcadia Dunes C.S. Mott Nature Preserve has many miles of hiking trails where guests can explore the dunes, forests, and other landscapes that make up the park. There are working farms neighboring the preserve that are also protected under the park's mandate, ensuring that the area's history of agricultural activity will be jointly protected. The trails are suitable for mountain biking, and visitors can expect to see a range of wildflowers, views of Lake Michigan, and much more.
There are a number of RV parks and campgrounds within close vicinity of Houghton Lake, and some of them may have long-term guests or are military-only campsites. Your Houghton Lake RV trailer rental is all you will need to enjoy a perfect vacation.
Northern Nights Family Campground is a rustic RV park nestled amongst the trees, with level dirt roads. Some sites have full hookups, picnic tables, and fire rings. It is a basic campground and very quiet; guests are asked to call ahead for more specific information about availability.
There is a good variety of things to see and do in Houghton Lake, and visitors should start with a horse-drawn carriage tour of the city; tour staff are friendly and knowledgeable, and there is a petting zoo associated with the business. Those interested in self-guided tours can rent pontoon boats for an outing on the lake; the boats aren't fancy but are clean and functional, allowing guests to swim from the boats and have a picnic out on the water if the urge occurs. There are several golf courses for those needing a fix and a local distillery with a very creative take on the spirits they distill on-site and the mixed drinks being offered. The distillery has a limited menu, but guests may bring in outside food or ask to have food delivered from nearby restaurants. Don't forget to take your Houghton Lake motorhome rental for a spin around the countryside; opportunities like this can be few and far between, and should not be missed.
When it is time to start planning the evening meal, Houghton Lake has a good selection of inexpensive and moderately priced venues to choose from. One local diner serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch; the menu has a good variety including salads. Guests dining here should try the blueberry pancakes. Another diner offers guests the option of eating in or grabbing takeout and is open from breakfast to dinnertime. Order some takeout and head back to your Houghton Lake luxury RV rental for a meal enjoyed from your favorite lawn chair under an open sky. This is what vacations are all about.