Higgins Lake may be the 10th largest inland lake in Michigan, but it's No. 1 in the hearts of Detroit Free Press readers.
The popular Up North destination with two state parks was voted Michigan's best inland lake in the Michigan Lakes Tournament Challenge we hosted on the Free Press Facebook page the past several weeks.
Higgins Lake beat Torch Lake, Lake Charlevoix and Houghton Lake in the championship round of the challenge, which began with 50 of Michigan's top inland lakes in mid-June. More than 1,900 people voted for Higgins in the final round.
It's easy to see why Higgins Lake is so popular: It's got just about everything for every type of Michigan "Up North" enthusiast.
For campers, there are two state parks: North Higgins Lake State Park and South Higgins Lake State Park. For fishing enthusiasts, there's a ton of surface area (about 9,900 acres) and plenty of good trout, pike, yellow perch and others to find.
Higgins Lake. (Photo: Cathy Boyle)
Furthermore, Higgins Lake isn't a far drive north for Michiganders in the southern part of the state. You can take I-75 or US-127 to get there and it takes just up to 3 hours if you're coming from Detroit.
So cheers to you, Higgins Lake! You're the best inland lake in Michigan according to our readers, and that's all that matters to us.