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Saint Helen, Michigan is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in southeastern Richfield Township, east Roscommon County, in the Lower Peninsula.

The community is situated on the southeastern shore of Lake Saint Helen, a few miles north of I-75. M-76 connects with Saint Helen Road in the northern part of the community, while Artesia Beach Road ends at its intersection with Saint Helen Road.

Cities and villages within twenty-five miles of Saint Helen include West Branch, Roscommon, and Rose City, while the unincorporated communities of Au Sable River Park, Artesia Beach, and Maple Valley are within ten miles.

Founded by Henry Stephens, principal owner of the Henry L. Stephens & Company lumber firm, in 1872, the community was a station on the Mackinaw Division of the Michigan Central Railroad. Stephens' lumber operations were considered among the best equipped in the state at the time, producing more than a billion board feet of lumber within a period of fourteen years. Most of the logs were moved by the river, although lumber was also transported by rail.

The railroad later became the Michigan Central, then the Detroit & Mackinac Railway, and then the Lake State Railway Company.

The Saint Helen Development Company was created to promote the development of the community and to sell land to new settlers. Over a period of seven years, the company sold eighty thousand acres of land and helped to build more than thirty miles of roads and eighty miles of fencing.

A post office was established on February 16, 1874, with Mrs. Louise Tebo as postmaster. The office was closed on December 6, 1876, then restored on May 22, 1878, with Henry L. Stevens, Jr. as postmaster. On April 29, 1879, the office was closed again, restored again from June 7, 1880, to November 5, 1898, when it was again closed, to be restored on January 27, 1903.

Saint Helen became a census-designated place in 1990, when its population was 2,390. Its peak population was 2,993 in 2000 and, as of 2020, its population was 2,735.

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