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South Higgins Lake State Park
Cross Country Skiing
Trails are not groomed.
Higgins Lake stretches seven miles and can reach 135 feet in depth. It is best known by many anglers for its perch and lake trout populations. Marl Lake also provides for excellent fishing opportunities. Perch, smallmouth bass, and northern pike are commonly caught in the lake. Most anglers use a canoe or small boat and fish in the center of the lake. Anglers also have good success ice fishing on Higgins Lake.
Fishing in the Parks
Learn more about fishing at Fishing in the Parks, a free educational program.
There is a self-guided nature trail in South Higgins, as well as five miles of hiking trails surrounding Marl Lake that offer naturalists a good opportunity to explore the local area and observe wildlife. Please keep in mind that portions of the Marl Lake trail system pass through areas open to hunting. It is recommended that hikers wear highly visible clothing during the hunting seasons.
The Marl Lake area is open to hunters during scheduled hunting seasons. There is a good opportunities for small game such as squirrels and rabbits. This area is open for archery and firearms deer seasons. Hunters also have some success during turkey and bear seasons.
Metal Detecting
Metal detecting is recognized as a legitimate recreation activity when it is conducted in ways that do not damage the natural and cultural resources in Michigan State Parks nor violate applicable state statutes. If you wish to use a metal detector in this state park, here is a map that shows clearly where this activity may take place. Any items found must be reviewed by park staff and may be retained for further investigation.
Michigan State Park Explorer Program
Learn more about the natural features and resources located in this park with the Outdoor Explorer Program.
Pet-Friendly Area
There are two pet-friendly areas of shoreline at South Higgins Lake State Park. The first is for campers-only and is near the west campground. The second area is in the day use area. Please contact the park for specific details. Pets must be on a six foot leash and under an owner's immediate control at all times. All pet waste must be properly disposed of in trash receptacles.
The sandy beach stretches three-quarters of a mile long Higgins Lake.
Watchable Wildlife
The Wildlife Viewing Guide is now on line at www.michigan.gov/miwildlifeviewing.
Service is available during the summer months at the park store.
Beach House
Boat Launch
There is a boat launch in a small basin next to the Higgins Lake day use area. When the boat parking lot is full, however, no more boats are allowed into the park. Marl Lake now has an improved ramp at its access site.
Concession/ Store
Row boats, canoes, paddle boats, pontoons, and boats with motors for fishing are available from Memorial Day to Labor Day with reservations available and special group services. For more information contact the park at (989) 821-6374. No boating reservations are made by park staff.
Electrical Service
Mini Cabin
Modern Restrooms
Picnic Area
Fire pits/grills available.
Picnic Shelter
The park's two shelters can be reserved up to a year in advance by calling 1-800-447-2757 or visiting www.midnrreservations.com.
Sanitation Station

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