After several trips to South Higgins Lake State Park, we decided it was time to visit and review North Higgins Lake State Park’s campground. We love visiting Higgins Lake because it’s relatively close to home (2 hours from Lansing) and it makes for an easy trip straight up US 127. Both campgrounds are located minutes off the highway.
Our Campsite at North Higgins Lake State Park
We camped in the West section of the campground on site 49. We were camping with family who don’t own a camper so we chose a site next to the rental pop up where they camped. We typically prefer campsites that back up to wooded areas but this park’s layout allows for all the campsites on the inner circle to back up to a large open space so you don’t have “neighbors” directly behind you. This really makes all of sites more desirable. If we visit again, we’d choose one of the sites closer to the beach area and farther from the road.
The Campground at North Higgins Lake State Park
The West side of the campground features newer restrooms (circa 1990’s?), an older playground, and plenty of mature trees. It really is a beautiful park. The scenery was similar in the East side of the campground but the restrooms are much older. The only real downside is the road noise. Consider finding a spot farthest from the road if that bothers you.
The beach area is really the main attraction at this campground with sandy, shallow water for days! This beach is a great spot for little kiddos. Our kids had a blast splashing and we played catch in the water since the water was so calm the day we visited. We’ve heard concerns about swimmer’s itch in Higgins Lake but didn’t encounter any issues on our trip and we spent hours in the water. We’re always sure to dry off after getting out of the water as a precaution. The beach is used by campers and anyone with a state park pass so it does get a bit crowded.
The campground host during our visit was the most organized host we’ve ever come across! He held a parent/child craft session and we made the coolest wind ornaments to hang on our camper. You could tell he spent a significant time preparing for the craft. We were impressed!
What’s Around North Higgins Lake State Park?
We were camping for a weekend so we didn’t explore the area too much. Our family arrived in the rain ahead of us so they ate dinner at Fred’s of Roscommon to avoid setting up in the rain. They were pleasantly surprised with a great meal.
There aren’t any big stores in Roscommon but if you travel 30ish minutes to Houghton Lake you’ll find anything you might need during your trip.