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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

Keith Stiles

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

Riparian Representative
Sheridan Cole

Roscommon County Drain Commissioner
2015 Meeting Schedule
Meetings begin at 7pm.

March 17
Markey Township

June 16
Denton Township

August 25
Roscommon Township

September 22
Lake Township


What's New

2014 Annual Report (.pdf)