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New Dog Beach Opens at South Higgins Lake State Park

South Higgins Lake State Park, a popular destination in Michigan, has announced the opening of a new dog beach. 

This addition marks the second dog-friendly beach in the park, providing more space for visitors and their four-legged companions to enjoy the park’s natural beauty. 

The new beach is located on the campground side of the park, adjacent to the lagoon. The park’s other pet-friendly beach is situated along a section of shoreline in the day-use area, which lies along the park’s eastern boundary. 

It is important to note that all animals, including dogs, must be on a 6-foot leash, even when they are in the water.

South Higgins Lake State Park, spanning 1,364 acres, is situated on one mile of shoreline along Higgins Lake. 

The lake is renowned for its clarity, fishing potential, and recreational boating. The park features one of the largest Michigan state park campgrounds, a popular boat launch, and a day-use area. 

Additionally, the park is home to Marl Lake, a smaller, shallower, and less developed lake located on the southern side of the park across County Road 100. Marl Lake is surrounded by 5.5 miles of wooded trails, offering visitors a tranquil retreat.

The addition of the new dog beach at South Higgins Lake State Park is a testament to Michigan’s commitment to enhancing outdoor recreational opportunities. 

Michigan is a leader in outdoor recreation, boasting the Great Lakes, rivers and streams, and more than 8 million acres of publicly accessible lands. The outdoor recreation industry in Michigan has seen significant growth in recent years.

In 2022, outdoor recreation in Michigan expanded into a booming $10.8 billion industry, employing nearly 110,000 people. 

This growth is attributed to the state’s abundant natural resources and the increasing popularity of outdoor activities among residents and tourists alike.

The expansion of South Higgins Lake State Park’s amenities is expected to contribute to the growth of Michigan’s outdoor recreation industry

The park’s new dog beach will likely attract more visitors, boosting local tourism and supporting the local economy. 

Moreover, the park’s commitment to pet-friendly amenities reflects a broader trend in the outdoor recreation industry, which increasingly recognizes the importance of accommodating pets in outdoor spaces.

The new dog beach at South Higgins Lake State Park is a welcome addition for pet owners and outdoor enthusiasts

It not only enhances the park’s offerings but also contributes to the growth of Michigan’s outdoor recreation industry. As the industry continues to expand, it will likely bring more opportunities for outdoor recreation, job creation, and economic growth in Michigan.

Featured image from S. Higgins Lake State Park

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May 23, 2024 11:43 am

Isn’t it awesome that South Higgins Lake State Park now has a dog beach? It’s perfect for our furry friends to enjoy the outdoors. I love the park’s inclusivity and adventure vibes!


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