South Higgins Lake State Park, Roscommon

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#195 of 409 in Parks in Michigan
South Higgins Lake State Park is a 1000acre state park in Roscommon County, Michigan. The park opened in 1927 with 15 campsites and has since been expanded to 400 campsites, one of the largest in the state park system. The park has one mile of Higgins Lake shoreline and surrounds Marl Lake. County Road 104 runs through the park. Most park development is in the 300acre section between Higgins Lake and CR 104. The 700acre Marl Lake section is less developed and has 5.5mi of hiking trails. The park has a mixed pine, oak, maple forest. Hunting is allowed in portions of the park. Bird species include nesting bald eagles, migratory loons, kingfisher and turkey.Facilities Beach House Boat Launch Boat Rental Campground - 400 sites Picnic Area Picnic Shelters (2) - Reservation required Dog Beaches (2) - fenced PlaygroundActivities Cross Country Skiing - 5.5mi Fishing Hiking - 5.5mi Hunting Metal Detecting Swimming
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  • It's hard to believe there's such beautiful water right here -- crystal clear blue, like the Caribbean! South State Park is located along the shore, with both grassy and sandy areas. Lots of room to s...  more »
  • This is the biggest and busiest state park on Higgins Lake. The park is always clean and the staff is friendly. Make your reservations early because the campground fills up quickly.  more »
  • Great camp ground, beautiful lake. One of michigans finest camp grounds. Great for all ages. Water can get chilly...  more »
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  • For tent camping I love this place! For day tripping I love this place! The lake is so beautiful it is hard not to fall for it. I wish there were not as many motor boats because that is kind of a mess. Despite all the speed boats and stuff you can still kayak, swim, and enjoy. Most of the boats just park anyway.
  • Relaxing, family oriented park with camping, store, beach, lake, clear water, swings and boat launches. Then for two weeks over the 4th of July the whole place turns into a huge college party. For warmer water and less crowds come in early August. If you want to have the beach entirely to yourself, come anytime between September 10 and June 10. The store has great ice cream options for those warm summer days - Michigan Potholes is my favorite. Bring a hooded sweatshirt because when you come out of the water you will feel chilled, especially as the sun is setting. And the sunsets over Higgins lake are spectacular!
  • You can't really ask for more from this sort of camping site. Very well maintained, well staffed, power at the sites, water at various intervals plus the shower/bathrooms, etc. Don't worry about picking a camping site far from the bathrooms to avoid a smell as that's just not a problem. Don't worry about picking a spot on the outside of the subs because they're all the same distance from each other except for the extreme edges and those aren't worth the walk to the water or facilities. Just a grab a spot close to water/bathrooms and blend in. The beach is excellent with slides and swings for the kids. There are trees right along the shore for shade, if you want, and the water is clear with a fairly shallow, slowly sloping sandy shelf going a good 100 yards. Perfect for kids.
  • Negatives: Too expensive, camp sites too close together, no water hook ups where we were located, inadequate lighting at night, long walk to restrooms.....also swim area looked inadequate for the number of campers. Positives: Friendly staff, lovely woodsy atmosphere. Lake is scenic at sunset. Decent quiet time hours, easy access off I-75.
  • We made a day trip here to the dog beach. The lake is very clean and everyone is friendly. Our dogs had a great time playing in the water and with other dogs.
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