Higgins Lake is a large lake in Roscommon County, in the state of Michigan. The 9,900-acre lake is known for its deep, clear waters and is the 10th largest in Michigan with a shoreline of 21 miles. It is named after Sylvester Higgins, Michigan's first chief of the topographical department of the Michigan Geological Survey. It has a maximum width of 4 miles and a length of 7 miles with a maximum depth of 135 feet. The mean depth is 44 feet and the lake contains almost 20 billion cubic feet (570 million cubic meters) of water. Its retention time is about 12.5 years. The lake's watershed covers 19,000 acres.
The lake receives half of its water from submerged springs, 6% from incoming streams and the remainder from direct rainfall and runoff. Fish in the lake include yellow perch, trout, smelt and pike. Higgins Lake is considered a morphometrically oligotrophic lake.
February 9, 2007 10:30 AM | Category: Lake