"Nick's Great Big Fat Fish" Houghton Lake by janetanne

Houghton Lake Travel Guide: 25 reviews and 74 photos

'You can take the Greek out of the Country, but...

...you can't take the country out of the Greek...or the sea!

From the time I was a young girl of 10 until I moved to Greece, every summer I can remember had been spent fishing in the largest fresh water inland lake in Michigan. Houghton Lake is 35 miles around and 5 miles across; a fisherman's dream for pike and bass; but in a second a strong wind and piercing rain has driven many a small boat sailor to the shores with their daily catches in jeopardy. Only the true diehards, determined to catch that last 'big one,' have weathered the mighty storms of this big but shallow lake's sudden squalls. For those with patience and persistence however, the 'big catch' is worth the lost bait taken by the ones that got away....
If you look closely in the lake, you might see what looks like the 'MiniMichigamiNess Monster?'

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Quiet, and cool and far away from the maddening crowds....
  • Cons:Too quiet, long sleves required and highly unlikely to get sunburned.
  • In a nutshell:'If you don't like the weather...just wait a second!' And don't forget the mosquite dope!
  • Last visit to Houghton Lake: Jul 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Sep 28, 2010 at 3:17 PM

    My great-grandfather was famous (locally) for his comment when the first car came through his town in western Massachusetts: "It'll never replace the horse!" Great that the American Bald Eagle is once nesting in the trees of the Houghton Lake Flats.

  • greekcypriot's Profile Photo
    Aug 22, 2010 at 8:01 AM

    I enjoyed reading the trip of the bear. Imagine getting up and coming face to face on in your garden!!

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Jul 20, 2009 at 6:34 PM

    Been since 06 that I viewed this amazing page. Makes me aware of where you hang out. Lovely insights, talents, and attitude. Thanks for the "heads up" about the adorable bear swimming across Houghton Lake. Just amazing!

  • timada's Profile Photo
    Nov 18, 2008 at 10:36 AM

    It looks like a special place Houghton Lake !

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Jun 21, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    wow another excellent page Janet with as usual a great photo on the main header!Thanks a lot for the birthday wishes-had an xlnt 3 days in Girona,Blanes, Belasu&Barcelona- just now the pain of trying to make tips and having one deleted instead.

  • robertgaz's Profile Photo
    May 6, 2008 at 8:47 PM

    With that music, I was half expecting some strange woman lying in the lake distributing swords... which is no basis for a system of government btw ;~)

  • Fullmoonfever's Profile Photo
    Sep 30, 2007 at 6:47 AM

    He who hesitates probably knows whats really going on.

  • seakayaker's Profile Photo
    Sep 13, 2007 at 5:26 PM

    Kewl Houghton Lake pic, here fishy fishy !! LOL

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Aug 20, 2007 at 4:27 PM

    Great photograph here Lady! Wonderful tips and love the info about the ice fishing! Good job!

  • Wild_Orchid's Profile Photo
    Jun 30, 2007 at 6:31 AM

    a wonderful tour-thanks for being my guide! :-)


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