Houghton Lake is the largest inland lake in Michigan and is located in Roscommon County. Houghton Lake is approximately 7.5 miles (12.1 km) north to south, and about 4.5 miles (7.2 km) at it widest point. It covers 30 miles (48 km) of total shoreline. The lake is an extremely popular fishing destination year round, although it is heavily fished in winter during the ice fishing season. Houghton Lake is the site of Tip-Up-Town USA a large ice fishing and winter sports festival. The name was given by the use of ice fishing devices which use flags to indicate a fish striking your bait. During the festival many icefishers will use tip-ups, targeting northern pike, perch and crappie. Houghton lake is connected to Higgins Lake, via the Cut River which is the headwaters for the Muskegon River. Houghton Lake is located within four townships; Markey Township, Denton Township, Roscommon Township and Lake Township. The lake is very prolific with a mesotrophic profile, consisting of warm shallow water, with ample weed growth. The deepest section of the lake is 22 feet (6.7 meters), although most areas of the lake are rarely more than 17 feet. The lake species include northern pike, bluegill, walleye, crappie, yellow perch, largemouth bass and smallmouth bass.
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