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About Houghton Lake

Houghton Lake is Michigan's largest inland lake. It is an extraordinary resource that provides fishing, boating, swimming, and other recreational opportunities to thousands of people who use and enjoy the lake. Houghton Lake is an important part of the local economy.

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Recognizing the need to effectively manage Houghton Lake, the Houghton Lake Improvement Board was established in 2000 under provisions of Michigan's Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act. In accordance with state law, the lake board is composed of a representative of each of the four townships that border the lake, a county commissioner, the county drain commissioner, and a lakefront property owner. Several members of the Houghton Lake Improvement Board are lake residents. The Lake Board has made the coordinated management of Houghton Lake possible.

Houghton Lake Improvement Board


Jim Deamud, Chairman 
Denton Township
Dave Russo

Roscommon County Board of Commissioners

Tom Rose

Lake Township
Brett Yardley
Roscommon Township
Norm Fullmer, Secretary/Treasurer
Markey Township
Jack McCauley

Riparian Representative
Sheridan Cole

Roscommon County Drain Commissioner
2014 Meeting Schedule
Meetings begin at 7pm.

March 18
Markey Township

June 17
Denton Township

August 26
Roscommon Township

September 30
Lake Township


What's New

2013 Annual Report (.pdf)
DNR Fishery Report (.pdf)