Rated one of the nicest lakes in the world!! It's gorgeous there and the water is crystal clear!! Theres 2 fenced off areas for the dogs to swim in. It was an amazing time I loved it!!!!


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South Higgins Lake State Park has received a rating of 4.6 out of 5 bones by 7 dog owners on BringFido.

  • More than one year ago.
    Great dog beach

    We visited the eastern dog beach, which is setup for day visitors. I believe the western dog beach is only for registered campers. I couldn't find a lot of info online before we went, so I'll try to fill in some of my own questions.

    It's tucked in the woods at the far end of the parking lot for day use/picnics. There is a sign right at the area listing rules, but no other indications showing you where to park or walk to find it - you just need to know where to look. (far eastern edge of the park). At first glance it seemed to be rather small, but it was not crowded at all, to my surprise. We had it to ourselves most of the time. However everyone we did meet was friendly. There is no sand outside of the water...grass, dirt and trees go right to the edge. Once in the water the lake has a nice sandy bottom. There is a single picnic table, trashcans, and a split rail fence surrounding the designated dog area, with gaps in the corners to enter/exit. The sign indicates dogs must be leashed coming and going. They can be off-leash in the area, but there is no real fence to contain them - they need to follow your supervision and commands. The lake is knee to thigh deep for a very very long way from shore. Water temp was great in early August - maybe a bit brisk at first, but actually felt quite warm when the wind picked up and chilled the air.

    This would be a great beach for teaching your dog to go in the water. It's calm and not very deep. Ours is a seasoned pro with water and still had a great time playing fetch in the lake. I would both recommend this dog beach and visit again, we just wish there was a beach for the humans to relax and enjoy.

  • More than one year ago.
    great swimming

    We had a beautiful break after a long drive chasing sticks at the beach. Nice people, easy parking, bags & trash cans - all available. The day pass was $9, which I decided was a worthwhile contribution to the Michigan State Park Service ... just be aware there is a cost of you don't have a parks pass. The lake is gorgeous - so glad to have found it. Thanks, BF!

  • More than one year ago.
    Home away from home

    Been going up there since I was a kid I do have a cabin out on the lake I would never swim in any other lake or go anywhere else but Higgins lake home away from home

  • More than one year ago.
    Love this State Park

    I've been camping here since I was a little girl & just a few years ago they added dog beaches. We arrived and to our surprise we were right next to one of the dog beaches, which was great for our large fur family! Just watch out for irresponsible pet owners, but I would say 98% of the people and their dogs were friendly each and every year!

  • More than one year ago.
    2 Great Dog Beaches, Beautiful Lake and Park

    If yo have any questions about the park, call 989.821.6374. The staff members I spoke with prior to our visit were very helpful and courteous. There are TWO dog beaches here: one at the extreme west end of the park, and the other at the extreme east end. If you have a MI Recreation Passport, there is no fee to get in to the park. They have a little store/snack bar in the park with slurpees and hot dogs and ice cream... The lake is BEAUTIFUL - shallow a long ways out and clear and warm. :D

  • More than one year ago.
    Perfect for first time swimmers!

    This dog beach is excellent! We have 65lb Irish Setters and took them swimming there for their first time and it was great because no matter where we went it never really went over their head but still deep enough to practice swimming around. And the water temp was perfect because it is so shallow. The other people and dogs there were very nice. I can't wait to take them again!

  • More than one year ago.

    gorgeous lake!!! one of the nicest bodies of water that i've ever been in. my dog loved it also!! very dog friendly up there plenty of people on boats and beaches with their dogs.

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