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Houghton Lake, Michigan
Location of Houghton Lake, Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Roscommon
 • Total 7.5 sq mi (19.5 km2)
 • Land 5.9 sq mi (15.3 km2)
 • Water 1.6 sq mi (4.2 km2)
Elevation 1,145 ft (349 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 3,749
 • Density 633.6/sq mi (244.6/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 48629
Area code(s) 989
FIPS code 26-39400
GNIS feature ID 0628665
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  • Loading - Each of your belongings is labeled, inventoried and loaded in a systematic process. Additionally, all upholstered furniture is wrapped in stretch wrap, a strong, clear plastic that completely covers the furniture, protecting it from dirt and damage.
  • Transportation - All of our trailers are equipped with air-ride suspension systems to ensure the contents travel in the safest manner possible. All trucks are driven by professional household movers with the best training in the industry.
  • Unloading - Upon arrival, all items are inventoried as they are unloaded. When unloading, furniture, boxes and other belongings are placed in the rooms you designate. Assembly of beds, bookcases and other furniture is available upon request. Additionally, our household movers will protect your new home by using several types of floor runners to prevent stains or scratches on carpet and wood flooring.
Houghton Lake MI 48629
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I have had the occasion to use movers several times in the last five years  and I would say this was one of the  smoothest  of them all. The crew leader, Dave Cornett was highly experienced and very polite as was his assistant Chris. They were very careful in preparing both locations so as to avoid damage to floors, railings and walls.  I would highly recommend Rose Moving and Storage.
April 26, 2016
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Very positive experience. Highly recommend
Very helpful, and easy to talk to. Went above and beyond to ensure we had a positive experience.
September 01, 2014
Great team! I would definitely use Rose Moving again in the future.
I used Rose moving 22-27 April 2013 to relocate from MI to SC.  The company worked with me and my situation.  We had household goods in a condo and a storage unit.  Everything went great and everyone was on time.  They accommodated extra requests.  The driver and his team were great to work with, friendly and professional.  The guys worked very hard packing and unloading.  Mr. Stafford was also great to work with, professional and true to his word.  Would definitely use them in the future.
June 24, 2013
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Houghton Lake (Get Moving Cost for Houghton Lake, MI) is an unincorporated community in Roscommon (Roscommon, MI Moving), Roscommon County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The Census Bureau has defined a census-designated place (CDP) for statistical purposes with the same name. The population was 3,749 at the 2000 census.

The community is situated on the southwest shore of Houghton Lake (Get Movers Cost for Houghton Lake, MI), Michigan's largest inland lake. The CDP includes the nearby community of Houghton Lake (Get Movers Prices for Houghton Lake, MI) Heights, which is about one mile northwest along the shore of the lake. M-55 runs through both communities. The community of Prudenville is adjacent to the CDP on the east, at the southeast end of the lake. US 127 passes just west of the communities. A small portion of the CDP area extends into Lake Township to the north.

The Houghton Lake (Get Moving Quote for Houghton Lake, MI) Area is a popular vacation spot in Northern Michigan, and is host to many resorts, events, and other tourist attractions. Tourism makes up a large part of the local economy. Houghton Lake (Get Relocation Quote for Houghton Lake, MI) is also a popular retirement location, with many retired residents known as "Snow Birds" who stay in Houghton Lake (Get Movers Estimate for Houghton Lake, MI) each year until winter.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 7.5 square miles (19 km2), of which, 5.9 square miles (15 km2) of it is land and 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2) of it (21.49%) is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 3,749 people, 1,646 households, and 1,030 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 633.6 per square mile (244.5/km²). There were 3,057 housing units at an average density of 516.6 per square mile (199.4/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 97.95% White, 0.35% African American, 0.64% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.13% from other races, and 0.72% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.91% of the population.

There were 1,646 households out of which 23.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.7% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.4% were non-families. 32.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.78.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 21.4% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 23.3% from 25 to 44, 26.7% from 45 to 64, and 21.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 89.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.5 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $27,443, and the median income for a family was $30,735. Males had a median income of $23,346 versus $16,111 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $16,862. About 10.2% of families and 16.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.6% of those under age 18 and 7.7% of those age 65 or over.


The Houghton Lake (Get Moving Estimate for Houghton Lake, MI) area's first white settlers were said to be the Emery family in 1873. Augustus Emery, his wife, and their 7 children left their home in Chesaning, Michigan, and made their way on foot to an area three miles south of the lake via the well-known Saginaw Trail. It was here that Mr. Emery and his three sons, Augustus, Jr., 21, William, 19, and Harvey, 17, would construct the family home on 160 acres of homesteaded property.

Lumbering had a profound impact on the early development of Houghton Lake (Get Moves Quote for Houghton Lake, MI). In the mid-1800s, lumber camps in the area were abundant, and roads, towns, and railways were established to support the lumber trade. Logs were floated from Houghton Lake (Get Movers Cost for Houghton Lake, MI) down the Muskegon River to sawmills and shipping facilities in Muskegon. It has been estimated that in 1860 alone, mills on the Muskegon River produced 75,000,000 board-feet of lumber.

By the late 1800s, lumbering became the primary industry in the area. As lumber camps sprung up around saw mills, more settlers arrived. Around 1883, a community at Houghton Lake (Get Move Prices for Houghton Lake, MI) had been created.

Houghton Lake (Get Move Quote for Houghton Lake, MI) was originally called "Roscommon Lake". However, in 1879, after the untimely death of famous physician, explorer, and Michigan's first state geologist, Douglas Houghton, Roscommon Lake was honorably renamed Houghton Lake (Get Move Quote for Houghton Lake, MI).

With the decline of the lumbering industry in the early 1900s, railways that had been used to transport lumber were transformed to passenger lines to bring outdoorsmen to fish, hunt, and experience the beauty of the "north country." The Houghton Lake (Get Relocation Estimate for Houghton Lake, MI) fishery became legendary and attracted visitors from far and wide.

By the mid-1900s Houghton Lake (Get Moving Prices for Houghton Lake, MI) had become known as a prime resort area. Today, thousands of seasonal cottages, year-round homes, and businesses border the lake. Houghton Lake (Get Moving Prices for Houghton Lake, MI) remains one of Michigan's top resort and vacation destinations and attracts thousands of visitors to its shores each year.

In 1927, the "Johnson Dance Hall," presently known as "The Playhouse," was erected and served for many years as the entertainment center for the area. The Playhouse and the surrounding property are now home to The Houghton Lake (Get Movers Prices for Houghton Lake, MI) Historical Society, as well as the yearly event "Historic Village Days"

Random Facts

The town was struck by a windstorm on June 11, 1932, which killed four people. During a snowstorm that caused reduced visibility, two married couples died when they drove their respective cars into the frozen lake on New Year's Day, 1957. The Limberlost Hotel, situated on the shore of Houghton Lake (Get Relocation Prices for Houghton Lake, MI), was destroyed by a fire in 1968 causing one injury but no deaths. Two men drowned in a snowmobile accident during a carnival on the frozen lake in 1980.

Local Recurring Events

There are a number of recurring local events in the Houghton Lake (Get Moving Cost for Houghton Lake, MI) Area. A full calendar of events is available.

Tip Up Town USA

The Houghton Lake (Get Movers Estimate for Houghton Lake, MI) Area is home to Michigan's largest winter festival - Tip Up Town USA, which was founded in 1951 by a group of ice fisherman, is held during the third and fourth weekends (there is occasionally 5 weekends) of January each year. A calendar of events is available on the Tip Up Town USA website. Some of the events in previous Tip Up Town USA festivals (many of which take place on the frozen Houghton Lake (Get Movers Estimate for Houghton Lake, MI)) have included a carnival, car show, polar bear dip, a giant ice slide, turkey bowling, crowning of the king and queen, pie eating contest, cross dressing contest, and many more.

Zubler's Indian Pow-Wow

"Chippewa Reservation Indians portray life of Michigan Indians in authentic dress."

Features interactive presentations by local Native Americans, dance, and music. Families with children often attend.

Zubler's store features many Native American inspired items for sale, as well as gifts.

Show times are Thursdays, 1, 2, 3, & 4 p.m. during the months of July & August. Photography of people and events is permitted. For more information call (989) 366-5691

Bud Bash

A much contested yearly event that takes place on Houghton Lake (Get Movers Cost for Houghton Lake, MI). The lakeshore area behind The Limberlost bar is ground zero for Bud Bash. Bud Bash is an alcohol-fueled event featuring boats tied together on the lake, hundreds of people, lots of alcohol, live music, and more. Bud Bash first originated in 1985 behind The Limberlost and has been held at the same location since then.

Bud Bash is a major event each year for the Houghton Lake (Get Relocation Quote for Houghton Lake, MI) area. The highest recorded attendance for Bud Bash was in 2008 when over 5,300 people visited Houghton Lake (Get Moving Quote for Houghton Lake, MI) to enjoy the festivities. During that year there were 152 arrest. Of these there were 118 misdemeanor arrest, 22 felony arrest and 12 arrest for operating a motor vehicle or watercraft under the influence between July 31 and August 3.

There are many local residents who feel that the event should be ended due to the high occurrence of public intoxication, underage drinking, public nudity, public urination, trespassing, littering, and loud noise. The battle is very public and plays out each year in the local papers and public meetings. However, Bud Bash is a good source of income for local businesses, and thus many businesses support it, as well as many residents who enjoy the event each year.

Historic Village Days

A weekend event that takes place at the Historic Playhouse & the recreated village featuring 13 historical buildings that have been restored or rebuilt to reflect life in the logging-era of the late 1800s. A museum is housed in a hand-hewn log school house that was built in 1876. The village also features, as of August 2012, a General Store, Chapel, Cook Shack, Print Shop, Barber Shop / Pharmacy / Doctor's Office, Blacksmith, Dress Shop, Town Hall, Carriage Shop, and two homes.

Historic Village Days features many events and activities, from educational to recreational. Popular events and activities include a Pig Roast, Live Music (2012's music included a dulcimer band and a barbershop quartet), Liar's Contest, Story Telling, and more.

The Village is open every Friday and Saturday in June, July and August from 12-4, and Historic Village Days event takes place the first weekend in August.

Arts & Crafts Shows

Shows take place on Houghton Lake (Get Relocation Estimate for Houghton Lake, MI) Middle School grounds in Houghton Lake (Get Moves Quote for Houghton Lake, MI) on various dates throughout the year. The Houghton Lake (Get Move Prices for Houghton Lake, MI) Arts & Crafts Shows features artists & vendors with a wide variety of items for sale.

Currently, as of July 2013, the shows take place on weekends around/before/after Memorial Day, 4 July (the "Summer Show"), and Labor Day.

Pumpkin Run

Car cruises, car shows, antique, classic, and vintage vehicles, competitions, DJ, karaoke, and more.

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