North Higgins Lake State Park RV & Campground Guide

Michigan

Located on the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, North Higgins Lake State Park is close to Roscommon and Grayling. The park's main focal point is Higgins Lake, which "National Geographic" called one of the country's most beautiful lakes. Once used as a fish nursery, the 9,900-acre lake now offers fishing for pike, yellow perch, smelt, and trout. At the Higgins Lake Nursery and CCC Museum, you can learn about the Civilian Conservation Corps and their efforts in the region. North Higgins Lake State Park has two on-site campgrounds, too.

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Spring 40-58 F
Summer 52-64 F
Fall 44-61 F
Winter 36-45 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in North Higgins Lake State Park

RVing is a convenient way to visit North Higgins Lake State Park and surrounding parks. RVshare helps you find the perfect motorhome or camper with Michigan RV rentals in and near Roscommon.

North Higgins Lake East Campground

One of the two campgrounds in this state park is the North Higgins Lake East Campground. Rates start at $30 to $34 per night during the busy seasons and drop to $22 to $26 during the offseason. The campground is close to the lake and all the other attractions that you want to see.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: No
  • Wi-Fi: Spotty
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Clean bathrooms, park access, off-season discounts

North Higgins Lake West Campground

North Higgins Lake West Campground offers clean restrooms and convenient access to the park's amenities. Rates start at $30 per night during the high season and $22 per night during the offseason. A mini cabin is available to rent for one night or longer and is handicap accessible.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: No
  • Wi-Fi: Spotty
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Park access, clean and modern bathrooms, mini-cabin rentals, discounted off-season rates

Northern Nights Family Campground

Families who love the outdoors will love Northern Nights Family Campground, which has volleyball, tetherball, and basketball courts along with a playground and horseshoe pits. While the dump station is free to use, only long-term guests can use the pump service. Guests can rent the covered pavilion for special occasions.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Nightly/weekly/monthly/seasonal rates, large lots, covered pavilion, pump service, hiking trails

Higgins Lake/Roscommon KOA

Guests of the Higgins Lake/Roscommon KOA can pan for gold and other treasures before heading over to the water to hop on the giant slide. During Color Time, guests pay a small fee to create a custom tee that they can take home. This campground also has both tent and RV sites with discounts available for long-term guests.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Cable television, camp store, bike rentals, snack shop, outdoor movies, water slide

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What to Do at
North Higgins Lake State Park

Inside North Higgins Lake State Park

The North Higgins-Beaver Creek Trail runs for 6.5 miles, but the park has two other trails that are better for less-experienced hikers. Near the entrance is a station where you can rent a kayak or canoe for $10 an hour. Higgins Lake is home to several types of fish that are native to Michigan and welcomes you to catch a big one. When you bring a boat from home, visit the boat launch that has channel markers and a dock to help you get it in the water. Don't forget about the CCC Museum.

Outside North Higgins Lake State Park

With so many pubs and diners surrounding the park, it's easy to find great food. You can also pick up some souvenirs and gifts made by Michigan artisans and get some flowers to decorate your RV! North Higgins Lake State Park is close to a major hiking trail and bowling alley, too.

Restaurants

Matt's Lake Street Grille and Pizzeria

No matter where you stay, stop by Matt's Lake Street Grille and Pizzeria for lunch or dinner. The pizzas are delicious, whether you eat one on the spot or take it back to the campground. You can get omelets and other breakfast dishes, too.

Type: Pizza

Location: 312 Lake St, Roscommon, MI 48653

Jack's Place

Jack's Place is both a restaurant and a sports bar that plays all the hottest games on flat-screen televisions. Get free parking in the lot next to the restaurant, which has RV spots. Stop by for a Happy Hour special or the fish fry on Friday nights.

Type: Sports Bar

Location: 2415 N M-18, Roscommon, MI 48653

Mel's Pine Pantry

Find some of the best wines in Michigan at Mel's Pine Pantry, which has a charming and whimsical feel. All of the baskets on the menu come with one or more side dishes. The restaurant offers breakfast every morning.

Type: American

Location: 3556 E Higgins Lake Dr, Roscommon, MI 48653

Silver Dollar Pub & Grill

The Silver Dollar Pub & Grill has house specialties such as the Trash Can Omelet, which comes loaded with ingredients, and the Farmers Breakfast, which you can customize to your liking. Many guests also love the cheesecake that is made in-house and comes in different varieties every day.

Type: Pub

Location: 9925 W Higgins Lake Dr, Roscommon, MI 48653

Spikehorn Restaurant & Lounge

Live music is just one of the things that brings visitors to the Spikehorn Restaurant & Lounge. Friday night brings a regular fish fry where local fish caught that morning is fried to order.

Type: Pub

Location: 4955 E Houghton Lake Dr, Houghton Lake, MI 48629

Shopping

The Mermaid Shop

Find unique gifts and decorations at The Mermaid Shop. It is so popular with locals that they followed it to a new location when the owners moved. The shop also hosts painting events where you can paint gifts to take home.

Location: 102 N 5th St, Roscommon, MI 48653

Made Up NORTH

At Made Up NORTH, every product on the shelves comes from an artisan or supplier in northeastern Michigan. Vendors set up booths and let the shop owner sell for them. Clothing, home decor, candles, and quilts are all available for sale.

Location: 704 Lake St, Roscommon, MI 48653

Fifth Street Market

Finding wine from Michigan and other Midwestern states is easy at the Fifth Street Market. Not only does it sell bottles of wine, but it has knowledgeable workers who can help you choose the right drink. Packaged foods made in the state are also available.

Location: 104 N 5th St, Roscommon, MI 48653

Roscommon Floral and Growing Up Greenhouse

Buy flowers to decorate your RV at the Roscommon Floral and Growing Up Greenhouse. As a florist, it also has flower arrangements that you can ship to destinations across the country. An on-site greenhouse offers living plants for sale.

Location: 212 N Main St, Roscommon, MI 48653

Irishman Shanty Quilting Services

A visit to Irishman Shanty Quilting Services might change the way you think about quilts and blankets. The owners have handcrafted quilts available for sale and can make custom quilts based on what you want.

Location: 709 Lake St, Roscommon, MI 48653

Sightseeing

The Pines Theatre

Michigan residents named The Pines Theatre the best place to watch movies in the state. Though it opened in 1941, modern renovations gave it digital projectors and the feel of a new theater. Hollywood films play every night of the week.

Location: 4673 W Houghton Lake Dr, Houghton Lake, MI 48629

Tisdale Triangle Pathway

At more than eight miles long, the Tisdale Triangle Pathway has some challenging spots. You can hike and ride a mountain bike on the trail during the warmer months and go cross country skiing when it snows. It is one of the best places to view native wildlife.

Location: 1112 Lake St, Roscommon, MI 48653

Fred's of Roscommon

Though some visit Fred's of Roscommon for the onsite restaurant, many come for the bowling. You can start a new game up until 8:30 p.m. and order anything off the menu. Fred's updated all of its bowling lanes in 2009 with modern equipment.

Location: 422 N 5th St, Roscommon, MI 48653

AuSable River Queen

Visiting North Higgins State Park gives you the chance to take a boat ride on a real working riverboat. The AuSable River Queen offers tours during the fall as the leaves change and specialty cruises a few times a year. Trips take two hours and include live entertainment.

Location: 1775 E River Rd, Oscoda, MI 48750

Merritt Speedway

See some of the top racers in the sport and those on their way to NASCAR racing at the Merritt Speedway. The track opens around the end of May and runs races through the beginning of September. Several stands sell souvenirs and food.

Location: 4430 W Houghton Lake Rd, Lake City, MI 49651

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How to Get to
North Higgins Lake State Park

The easiest and fastest way to get to North Higgins Lake State Park is via I-75 N, which runs through Michigan. Stay on I-75 as it merges with US-23 near Gerrish Township. Get off at Exit 244 to reach Old 76. You'll follow this road to North Higgins Lake Drive. One mile down this road is your destination.

Entering North Higgins Lake State Park

North Higgins Lake State Park is open every day of the year from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Per vehicle (Michigan residents) : $12

$12-$17

Per vehicle (Non-resident) : $9

$9 per day, $34 per year

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