Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Autumn in Michigan

I love the fall season in Michigan. So many good things happen in the fall. The dog days of summer gradually slip away and the trees begin their symphony of red, gold, orange, yellow and burgundy colors. The fall colors in northern Michigan usually peak around the middle of October but start turning around the end of September.
Backus Creek E of M18

Several of my favorite holidays arrive in the fall. First Halloween, then Thanksgiving (let the shopping begin). Soon after Christmas arrives with all of the decorations and of course the snow.

Fall signals the start of football, basketball and hockey. It also means the beginning of several hunting seasons including fall Turkey, Waterfowl, Squirrel and Deer bow season on the first of October. There is still good fishing and the DNRE doesn't pull the boat launch docks until the end of October on the big lakes. The small lakes remain acessable by boat until the snow flies and the ice starts to form.

I once heard of an angler who was fishing on Backus Lake when a cold front came through and flash froze the lake. His boat was stuck in the ice and couldn't be moved. He didn't want to leave his boat behind, so he built a shanty over his boat and waited until the spring thaw. Until next time.

Take Care,


FYI: Gun and Knife Show at Houghton Lake Playhouse Oct 30

I read about this in the Houghton Lake Resorter (local area newspaper). There will be a Gun and Knife Show at the Houghton Lake Playhouse on M-55 in Prudenville (next to the Historic Village). Show will be from 9-4 on saturday October 30. For more info call 989-686-6535. Admission is $5 for adults, $1 for children 14 and under.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Welcome to Houghton Lake Michigan

The Houghton Lake area has nearly everything that the outdoor enthusiast could want. Starting with a 20,000 acre all sports lake surounded by 30 miles of lakeshore. Close by are Higgins lake (with a max depth of 130 feet) to the north, Lake St James to the south, Lake St Helen to the east and Dead Stream Flooding to the west.  In addition to the big lakes there are several floodings and smaller lakes with access for small boats.  With many of the most popular fish species: Bass, Northern Pike, Walleye, Perch, Bluegill and Crappie, to name a few.
Campgrounds ranging from rustic to full ammenities. Canoeing and kayaking on the Cut river and the Muskeegon river with the Ausable river just 20 miles to the north, the starting point for the Annual Ausable Canoe race, which brings racers from across the country to compete.

And thousands of acres of public land for the best hunting in the country with camping allowed in most areas with permisiion from the DRNE (Department of Natural Resources and Environment). With plenty of trails for hiking and spotting wildlife.
Lots of ORV (Off Road Vehicle) trails for quad runners and snowmobiles.

Of course we have many motels and cabins, ranging from cozy to plush, for those who do not wish to "rough it" in a trailer or tent.

Restaurants in Houghton Lake are some of the best in the state. From home cooked meals to steaks to pizza (we have several top pizza restaurants). We even have an authentic mexican foods restaurant.

I will cover all of these in future posts.

So if you want to know whats happening in Houghton Lake. Just check out my blog.

So for now, take care,