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Houghton-Lake is a small village located on the southern shore of Houghton Lake in northern Michigan. The town of Houghton Lake and the surrounding area is considered the "gateway" to northern Michigan's outdoor recreation and resort towns. Houghton Lake itself offers lots of year round activities such as swimming, fishing and boating, hiking, biking and golf. November is hunting season and this region is one of Michigan's prime deer hunting areas. In winter there is skiing at nearby Gaylord and Grayling, and snowshoeing and snowmobiling just about anywhere. Houghton Lake is also home to the annual Tip-Up Town U.S.A. Fishing Festival for ice fishing enthusiasts. With more than thirty-one square miles of surface, Houghton Lake is Michigan's largest inland lake, and it is well known for its excellent fishing. The lake is full of panfish, pike and walleye, with some of the best places to fish being near the shore. The towns of Houghton Lake and Prudenville have been family vacation destinations for years, and several hotels, motels and cabins circle the lake The village also has shops and restaurants, and there are nearby resorts that cater to the needs of tourists. And just north of Houghton Lake, at Higgins Lake, are two huge state park campgrounds that are open year round.

Surrounding areas: Higgins Lake, Michigan (12.7 mi), Harrison, Michigan (19.6 mi), Lake City, Michigan (23.1 mi), Grayling, Michigan (24.9 mi), Lake George, Michigan (25.4 mi), Gladwin, Michigan (25.5 mi), Cadillac, Michigan (32.5 mi)

Houghton Lake Vacation Rentals

Houghton Lake Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Beachfront4990 W Houghton Lake DrHoughton Lake, MI (989) 366-9126
Comfort Suites Lakeside100 Clearview DrHoughton Lake, MI (989) 422-4000
Holiday Inn Express Houghton Lake200 Cloverleaf LnHoughton Lake, MI (989) 422-7829
Quality Inn9285 W LK City RdHoughton Lake, MI (989) 422-5175
Aquarama Motor Lodge2307 S I 75 Business LoopGrayling, MI24.9 mi.(989) 348-5405
Days Inn2556 I-75 Business LoopGrayling, MI24.9 mi.(989) 344-0204
North Country Lodge IncN I-75 Business LoopGrayling, MI24.9 mi.(989) 348-8471
Ramada Grayling Hotel & Conference Center2650 S I-75 - Bus LoopGrayling, MI24.9 mi.(989) 348-7611
Super 82586 AustinswayWest Branch, MI25.2 mi.(989) 345-8488
Chief Shoppenagons103 Michigan AveGrayling, MI25.3 mi.(989) 348-6071
Quality Inn Conference Center2980 Cook RdWest Branch, MI26.1 mi.(989) 345-3503

Houghton Lake Weather & Climate

The Great Lakes dominate northern Michigan's weather. What is known as "lake effect snow squalls" bring locally heavy snow to northern and western Michigan, with the southwest receiving much less snow. Summers tend to be sunny as the cool water of the Lakes chills the air near the Earth's surface, producing a stable atmosphere. The Lakes also modify summer high temperatures, making the northern parts of the state a popular vacation spot. Summer temperatures are typically in the upper 70s to lower 80s, with cool nights. Autumn is too cool for swimming, but is a great time for other outdoor attractions. The luminous phenomenon known as the Northern Lights is usually visible from northern Michigan 30 nights per year, most commonly in March, April, September and October.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 25°F 9°F 1.61 in. -
February 29°F 10°F 1.25 in. -
March 39°F 19°F 2.05 in. -
April 53°F 30°F 2.29 in. -
May 67°F 40°F 2.57 in. -
June 75°F 48°F 2.93 in. -
July 80°F 53°F 2.75 in. -
August 77°F 52°F 3.72 in. -
September 68°F 45°F 3.11 in. -
October 56°F 36°F 2.26 in. -
November 41°F 27°F 2.14 in. -
December 30°F 16°F 1.75 in. -

Houghton Lake Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Otsego County airport (GLR) located about 49 miles north of Houghton Lake in Gaylord, Michigan, the Cherry Capital airport (TVC) located approximately 51 miles northwest of Houghton Lake in Traverse City, Michigan, the Mbs International airport (MBS) located roughly 62 miles southeast of Houghton Lake in Saginaw, Michigan, and finally the Oscoda Wurtsmith airport (OSC) located around 67 miles east of Houghton Lake in Oscoda, Michigan.

Houghton Lake Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Deer Acres Storybook ParkPinconningMI49.7 mi.
Water Parks
Andersen Water ParkSaginawMI72.8 mi.
Splash Family Water ParkGrand RapidsMI103.3 mi.
Michigan's Wild Water Adventure Water ParkMuskegonMI105.1 mi.
Golf Courses
Pine View Highlands Golf ClubHoughton LakeMI 
White Deer Country ClubPrudenvilleMI4.9 mi.
Burning Oak Country ClubHiggins LakeMI12.7 mi.
Forest Dunes Golf ClubRoscommonMI15.1 mi.
Ye Olde Country ClubRoscommonMI15.1 mi.
Birch Point Golf ClubSaint HelenMI17.2 mi.
Devils Knob Golf CourseHarrisonMI19.6 mi.
Tamaracks Golf CourseHarrisonMI19.6 mi.
Missaukee Golf CourseLake CityMI23.1 mi.
Fox Run Country ClubGraylingMI24.8 mi.
Grayling Country ClubGraylingMI24.8 mi.
Gladwin Heights Golf CourseGladwinMI25.5 mi.
Lakeside Golf CourseGladwinMI25.5 mi.
Sugar Springs Golf CourseGladwinMI25.5 mi.
Apple Valley Golf CourseWest BranchMI25.7 mi.
Dream Golf CourseWest BranchMI25.7 mi.
West Branch Country ClubWest BranchMI25.7 mi.
EldoradoCadillacMI26.3 mi.
Highland Hills Golf ClubHighlandMI27.7 mi.
Ski Areas
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf ResortCadillacMI32.5 mi.
Treetops SylvanGaylordMI50.3 mi.
Shanty CreekBellaireMI52.1 mi.
Boyne USA ResortsBoyne FallsMI60.4 mi.
Crystal MountainThompsonvilleMI60.9 mi.
Apple MountainFreelandMI62.0 mi.
Sugar Loaf ResortCedarMI63.9 mi.
The Homestead ResortGlen ArborMI73.5 mi.
Riverview HighlandsRiverviewMI74.3 mi.
Nubs NobHarbor SpringsMI79.0 mi.
Pando Ski CenterRockfordMI91.2 mi.
Cannonsburg Ski AreaCannonsburgMI93.5 mi.
State Parks
Higgins Lake State ParkMI9.2 mi. 
Wilson State ParkMI19.7 mi. 
Gladwin State ParkMI27.7 mi. 
Hartwick Pines State ParkMI30.5 mi. 
William Mitchell State ParkMI35.1 mi. 
Dennos Museum CenterTraverse CityMI53.5 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Zoos and Aquariums
Potter Park Zoological GardensLansingMI108.9 mi.

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