Tip ups and sleds, skis and skates, snowshoes and trails, all are a part of your wintertime outdoor adventure in Roscommon County, home to Michigan’s Other Great Lakes.
Houghton Lake, Michigan’s largest inland lake, becomes a 20,000 acre ice playground, typically from December through the end of February. Shanty towns and tip ups dot the shallow, frozen landscape as ice fishing for walleye, pike and perch are a daily occurrence. To celebrate this winter adventure Mark Martin hosts an ice fishing school and the last two weekends of January one of Michigan’s longest running winter festivals, Tip Up Town, takes place on the lake.
Ice fishing for trout and other prize fish on beautiful Higgins Lake starts later in the season. The 9000 acre lake, surrounded by pine and cedar forests, is spring-fed and is the deepest lake in Roscommon County. In February Winterfest draws crowds enjoying snowmobiles, chili cook-offs, ice broomball and many outdoor family activities.
Beautiful snowfalls, one after the other, offer an enchanting backdrop to wintertime canoeing on the AuSable river.
Located in the Higgins Lake area is the world-class Cross Country Ski Headquarters, with groomed ski and snowshoe trails, and scheduled activities every weekend. Rentals and classes are available.
Lake St. Helen offers excellent ice fishing and is a hub for the more than 200 miles of groomed snowmobile trails in the area that connect with Michigan’s more than 6500 miles of groomed trails. The winter ice fishing contests and a snowmobile run sponsored by the St. Helen Snowpackers club are great reasons to make Michigan’s Other Great Lakes your wintertime outdoor adventure destination.
The www.visithoughtonlake.com website provides information on affordable lodging, a calendar of all the events, and videos and pictures for you to consider as you make Roscommon County your winter great getaway.