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North Higgins Lake State Park
IUCN Category III (Natural Monument)
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Beachfront along Higgins Lake
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Location Lower Peninsula, Crawford County, Michigan. United States
Nearest city Roscommon, Michigan
Area 429 acres (174 ha)
Elevation 1,165 feet (355 m)
Designation Michigan state park
Established 1965
Administrator Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Website North Higgins Lake State Park
CCC Museum (N Higgins Lake State Park)
Civilian Conservation Corps Museum

North Higgins Lake State Park is a public recreation area located nine miles (14 km) west of Roscommon in Beaver Creek Township, Crawford County, Michigan. The state park occupies 449 acres (182 ha) on the north shore of Higgins Lake at the site of what was once one of the world's largest seedling nurseries.


The Higgins Lake Nursery and CCC Museum documents the role of the Civilian Conservation Corps in Michigan from 1933 to 1942 when more than 100,000 young Michigan men performed a variety of conservation and reforestation efforts. Exhibits tell the story of how the Michigan CCC planted 484 million trees, spent 140,000 days fighting forest fires and constructed 7,000 miles of truck trails, 504 bridges and 222 buildings. The Michigan state park system carries many examples of their work still in use today, including the MacMullan Conference Center.

The Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center, located adjacent to the park, is a meeting facility for government agencies, educational groups and other nonprofit organizations.

Activities and amenities

Park activities include camping, swimming, fishing, picnicking, and boating. There are eleven miles of trails for hiking and cross-country skiing through state forest land adjacent to the park.

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