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Roscommon County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the population was 25,469. The county seat is Roscommon. The county has a total area of 580 mi. 521 mi2 of it is land and 58 mi2 of it is water. The total area is 10.08% water. As of the census there were 25,469 people, 11,250 households, and 7,616 families residing in the county.
Federal, state and local government are the largest employers in the area and compliment employment offered in the Roscommon 120 acre Industrial Park.
The lake's watershed covers 19,000 acres. The twin-lobed lake receives half of its water from submerged springs, 6% from incoming streams and the remainder from direct rainfall and runoff. It drains into Marl Lake by the Cut River which runs into Houghton Lake and eventually to Lake Michigan. A mere mile north of the lake, water flows into the Lake Huron watershed. Sports fish in the lake include perch, trout, smelt, pike, bass, and white fish and are taken both in open water and by ice fishing. For the past 4 years Higgins Lake has been home to the “Winterfest Fishing Derby” held in February sponsored by ERA Houghton Higgins.com and Lymans on the Lake. This event is a one day fishing contest open to everyone and is great for sportsman of all ages, there are tons of prizes passed out each year.
There are two state parks, South Higgins Lake State Park, with a mile of shoreline, and North Higgins Lake State Park, located, as might be expected from the names, on opposite ends of the lake. Both provide public boat launches, beautiful sand beaches and camping, and are very popular in the summer months. The south park is older, larger, and more developed. The north park is located on what was once the world's largest seedling nursery, a part of the CCC of the 1930s.
Children of year-round residents attend the Gerrish-Higgins school system for a K thru 12 education which includes a very active sports program to complement their accredited educational system.
Houghton Lake is the site of Tip-Up-Town USA, a large ice fishing and winter sports festival with several events on the frozen waters of the lake itself. Houghton Lake is named after the first state geologist, Douglass Houghton who explored the area.
The lake receives the waters of Higgins Lake through the Cut River and, in turn, is the headwaters for the Muskegon River, which flows out of the North Bay in the northwest corner of the lake. The lake is partially within four townships: Markey Township on the northeast, Denton Township on the southeast, Roscommon Township on the southwest, and Lake Township on the northwest. The lake is considered a warm water, shallow lake, with the average depth being 7 1/2 feet. The lake is a prolific fish factory, offering almost every species of game and panfish found in Michigan with the exception of the trout/salmon families, the sturgeon, and white bass. Common catches include northern pike, bluegill, walleye, crappie, yellow perch and largemouth bass.
Michigan State Highway 55 follows the southern shore, while U.S. Highway 27 passes just to the west. Michigan State Highway 18 and Interstate 75 pass just to the east.
The Houghton Lake Community School district covers over 500 square miles and provides exceptional educational opportunities. Houghton Lake High School is a four year secondary school and fully accredited by the University of Michigan. Houghton Lake is a year-round resort community offering four seasons of activities. The area has become a community of choice for many year-round residents. Numerous service facilities, social organizations, twenty plus churches, several fine golf courses, amusement parks and a variety of shopping opportunities, make Houghton Lake a comfortable place to call home.
Lake James is included in the Houghton Lake School District and with its convenient location also enjoys the same year-round amenities that service the Houghton Lake - Prudenville area.