There's a North and South State Park. The South Park has a nice playground, picnic tables under tall pine trees, and a little beach (mostly kids). There's a boat launch and campsites. There are bathrooms and plenty of parking. There is a shelter house that is usually in use. Nice sidewalk that runs parallel to the shore is a lovely short walk.
Higgins Lake is the perfect lake for any type of lake sports you enjoy. It's plenty big for water skiing, tubing, and motor boats. The lake is so big that there is rarely a problem with the lake being crowded. It's actually a great place to swim because the water is deep, crystal clear, and not mucky-bottomed. Wait for the peak of summer to late summer or you will freeze your butt off! Tip - boat out to the sandbar in the middle of the lake, park the boat, and jump in. The fast moving boats stay clear of the sandbar, so no fear of getting hit! This lake has decent fishing - see my other tip. During the winter, Higgins Lake will freeze over, making it the perfect place to do some ice hockey or skating.
Equipment: Boats can be launched from the State Park.
This is a lovely lake for fishing. The lake has pike, yellow perch, trout, and smelt. There has been a zebra mussels problem - so clean your boat before putting it in the water. Ice fishing is quite popular, here and at Houghton Lake to the south.
Equipment: Boat, life-jackets, full tank of gas for the boat, bait, poles, sunscreen, garbage bags (don't litter in the lake!).