National Geographic designates this the “6th Most Beautiful Lake in the World.”
Higgins Lake is known for its crystal clear water, sandy shore lines & artesian wells supplying over 50% of its water. Higgins Lake is Michigan’s 10th largest lake, with over 9,000 acres of clear water drawing recreational and fishing enthusiasts year round. It is named after Sylvester Higgins, the first chief of the topographical department of the Michigan Geological Survey. It has a maximum width of 4 miles (6.4 km) and a length of 7 miles (11 km) with a maximum depth of 135 feet (41 m). The mean depth is 44 feet (13 m) and the lake contains almost 20 billion cubic feet (570 million m3) of water. Its retention time is about 12.5 years. The lake’s watershed covers 19,000 acres (77 km2). The twin-lobed lake receives half of its water from submerged springs, six percent from incoming streams, and the remainder from direct rainfall and runoff. It drains into Marl Lake by the Cut River which runs into Houghton Lake and eventually to Lake Michigan. A mile north of the lake, water flows into the Lake Huron watershed.
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