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North Higgins Lake State Park is just about dead center in the state of Michigan, perched between an area of lakes and forests. Just north is the small city of Grayling and a short drive south in your rental RV is the city of Houghton Lake.
When you book an RV in North Higgins Lake State Park, this beautiful area between the great lakes of Huron and Michigan is just waiting to be discovered when you are out on an outdoor adventure.
While at North Higgins Lake State Park, you can enjoy a range of activities, including fishing, boating, hiking, and swimming, while during the winter, there are ski trails for your enjoyment.
Also located at the park is the Michigan Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Museum, with exhibits explaining the corps’s work in the state. The site was once one of the worlds largest seedling nurseries, providing plants for state parks across Michigan.
Hiking is a popular activity here, with over 11-miles of trails to explore. You’ll find three trails around the park, that are interlinked, allowing you to create your own routes.
The longest is the Beaver Creek Trail, a 6.5-mile loop around the northern area of the park through the forest. Bosom Pines Trail is a 3.8-mile loop that can also be taken as a short cut from the Beaver Creek Trail, and the 1.5-mile Upland Nature Trail loop connects the other two trails to the trailhead near the park office. For those wanting something more strenuous, there’s a 1.5-mile fitness loop that runs around the CCC Museum, plus the trails are also suitable for biking.
In the winter, the hiking trails are groomed and can be used for cross-country skiing, but remember that dogs are not allowed on the groomed winter trails.
Higgins Lake is one of the largest in Michigan, covering some 9,900-acres, and offers great opportunities to enjoy water sports while camping at North Higgins Lake State Park. There is a boat launch in the park for launching your own craft and several rental companies around the 21-mile shoreline.
Fishing is popular, with anglers able to catch perch, trout, smelt, and pike among other species from their boat or the shore. During the winter, ice fishing is available also.
If you just want to relax at the park, the large swimming beach is for you, along with the picnic areas, for you to enjoy a bit of peace and quiet.
The campground at North Higgins Lake State Park is split into two areas, east camp and west camp, with a total of around 174 campsites. All campsites have electrical power, and around half of those offer a 50 amp connection. There are modern washrooms with hot showers and toilets and a designated sanitation area to empty your rental RV waste tanks.
Only limited facilities are available at the campground, such as two playgrounds for the children and a park office for information. However, the campground is right on the shoreline, perfect for those that enjoy water sports or fishing.
A few miles to the east is the town of Roscommon, which is large enough to provide all the facilities you need while RV camping at state parks. Here, you’ll find gas stations, a range of restaurants, including fast food, a steakhouse, pizzerias and more, plus stores that provide most things you’ll need.
At the park is the Michigan Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Museum, detailing the work carried out by the corps during the 1930s. The site was originally a state nursery, established in 1903, producing millions of pine seedlings to replant northern Michigan. The CCC housed hundreds of young men here during the depression, and they worked on conservation projects across the state. The museum contains some personal mementos from former CCC members and the history of the nursery and the CCC.
The bluegill Festival is Roscommon county's longest-running festival, having started in 1949 and takes place each year in the middle of June. The festival is held at Saint Helen, just a few miles southeast of the park, and would make a great family day out when RV camping at North Higgins Lake State Park. From parades, carnival rides, car, and motorcycle shows, and plenty of games, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Plus of course, live bands and entertainment to keep the adults occupied in the evenings.
Head south a few miles, and you come to Houghton, where you’ll find a historical village to explore. With 11 restored buildings dating back to the 1800s, including a schoolroom, general store, barbershop, and others, it’s an interesting place to wander around. They also hold regular Village Days, with guides in period costumes, events, and demonstrations.