Frozen Stupid Filmed at Tip-Up-Town U.S.A.
Houghton Lake may only be known by the locals and a few tourist who come every Freezing February to celebrate the annual week-long festival on the frozen lake, known as Tip-Up-Town, U.S.A.
This may not be an unknown event for long!
The world premiere of Michigan filmmaker Rich Brauer’s anticipated new movie, “Frozen Stupid,” will be held at the Pines Cinema on August 18th, 2006. “Frozen Stupid” was shot entirely on location at Houghton Lake and includes the Tip-up Town, U.S.A. 2006 festival.
“Frozen Stupid” tells the humorous tale of a cantankerous father, played by Academy Award-winning actor Ernest Borgnine (Marty, Poseidon Adventure, The Lost Treasure of Sawtooth Island, Barn Red), his bumbling but well-meaning son, portrayed by Escanaba in da Moonlight’s endearing Joey Albright, and fellow ice fisherwoman, Kimberly Norris Guerrero (Hidalgo, Seinfeld, Barn Red), who all share a joyous obsession for the age-old sport of ice fishing. Veteran Michigan actors from Jeff Daniels’ Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, MI, as well as hundreds of northern Michigan extras, have participated in the film.
Fun for all Seasons
"Summer and Winter People Welcome!"
Whether you enjoy boating in the summer or sledding in the winter, you’re guaranteed a good time in this neck of the northern-lower-peninsula woods. A three hour drive from Detroit, Houghton Lake offers fun activities for everyone, whether you prefer boating and water sports in the summer or the winter festivities of Tip Up Town in the winter.
Cabins are plentiful up here, some are summer homes to Michiganders all over the state and others are available to rent for a fun-filled weekend any time of the year!
Houghton Lake is located in Central Northern Lower Peninsula (or in other words, in the middle of the fingers on your left mitten...)
A friend told me that Houghton Lake is the largest inland lake in the State of Michigan. The key words are inland lake, and in. Lake St.Clair is larger, however it borders Canada in addition to the area near Michigan's "thumb." While it is truly large at approximately 22,000 acres, Houghton Lake is shallow which leads to many exciting developments both in the winter and the summer months. In the winter the lake typically freezes quickly, but it also is filled with many perils like expansion cracks in the ice which are waiting to toss you off your snowmobile. In the summer it can get choppy with just a slight breeze or activity, and like a cup of water the lake will seemingly slosh to the windward shore when the big winds blow.