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Higgins Lake, Michigan is an unincorporated community in Lyon Township, Lyon Township, which is in the northeast corner of Roscommon County.

As an unincorporated community, Higgins Lake doesn't have defined boundaries, but it is situated on the south shore of the northwestern segment of Higgins Lake, and west of the southeastern part of the comma-shaped lake. Houghton Lake is south of Higgins Lake, and several other lakes are in the surrounding region. Dead Stream Swamp and Heidemann Marsh are west of Higgins Lake.

The body of water for which the community got its name is a 10,186-acre recreational and fishing lake has a 22-mile shoreline, an average depth of 53 feet, and a maximum depth of 141 feet. Regulated by a dam on the Cut River, water levels in the lake are controlled by Roscommon County, and are typically six inches lower in the winter than in the summer. North Higgins Lake State Park and South Higgins Lake State Park are at either end of the lake.

The lake itself was named for Sylvester Higgins, a cartographer, in 1837. In an 1839 survey made by John Brink, the lake was identified as Forginson Lake, but was renamed Higgins Lake in the 1852 survey of William A. Burt.

The chief routes through the community are Higgins Lake Drive, which roughly encircles the lake, and connects with Old US Highway 27 and US Highway 127, west of Higgins Lake. Roscommon and Grayling are the only incorporated municipalities within twenty miles of the community, although the unincorporated communities of Hillcrest, Sharps Corners, Meads Landing, Markey, Houghton Point, and Tent City are within ten miles.

In 1902, Charles Lyon subdivided his property along the lake, and platted the village. On June 17 of that year, a post office was established as Higgins, with John W. Derby as postmaster. This was a seasonal post office that operated only until August 30. On May 3, 1909, a year-round post office was established under the same name, discontinued on March 31, 1910, but re-established as Lyon Manor on August 12, 1910. The post office operated as Lyon Manor until January 1, 1960, when it was renamed Higgins Lake. The post office remains in operation but is used primarily for post office boxes, as its postal delivery area serves a very small area surrounding the post office. Most of the Higgins Lake area is served by the Roscommon post office.

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