The Park Store has been a centerpiece of the South Higgins Lake State Park since being built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1935 from local white pine timber logs. Through the years it has also been a local area landmark of Higgins Lake among vacationers & locals alike that visit the public beach here. Originally, the store housed the park’s caretaker family residence for many years as well. The day-use public beach area of the park remains a popular place on the lake to picnic with family & friends- often filled to capacity during the summer. The picnic day-use area of the park features playground areas for the children, charcoal grills, picnic tables, horseshoe pits, a great natural beach and designated swim areas, plenty of shade beneath the scenic forest canopy, two large pavilions (rentable through the Park Headquarters), and a large boat launch basin with a designated parking area. Is it any wonder that it is such a popular place to spend an afternoon on beautiful Higgins Lake here at the South Park?
For your picnic grilling convenience…
The Park Store offers a convenient grocery section that is oriented towards ‘I forgot…’ and ‘I ran out of…’ when you are having a picnic outing. Kingsford charcoal, starting fluid, matches, camp lighters, grills, and even Coleman fuel. Coolers stocked with your favorite Pepsi & Coke products, teas, juices, energy drinks, & dairy products. Don’t forget about about the bread, buns, and fresh baked donuts.
The candy isle is a near legend among the kids, the kids-at-heart, and the nostalgic ‘grown-ups’ that have been coming here for years- yes, even those huge softball-sized jawbreakers you can find nowhere else.
Sweatshirts, t-shirts, souvenirs and more…
We know how cool the mornings can be at the lake, and our sweatshirts & hoodies have become THE popular Higgins Lake themed vacation wear. We strive to keep the shelves stocked with your favorite styles and colors of t-shirts & sweatshirts, but they do go fast– so if you see your favorites, you better get them while you can. Also, we have a line of Panama Jack sunscreens, sunglasses, beach towels, lotions, and clothing too. Don’t forget the souvenirs to remember your time here at Higgins Lake… we have many unique items including coffee mugs, shot glasses, & jewelry items.
What is a day (or week) at the lake without beach toys? We feature an extensive line of your favorite beach toys, inflatables, mattresses, floats, squirt guns, frisbees, sand castle tools, swim goggles & masks. Also toys for play away from the lake- travel games, foam balls, wiffle bats & balls, kites, gliders, and sand-box toys.
Yes, we have a selection of novels from popular best selling authors, and local authors as well. Magazines, children’s books, Michigan nature books, coloring books, puzzle books, and more. Every bookstore has internet access, and we feature a free Wi-Fi hotspot as well so you can catch up on happenings while you are away, keep in touch with the ‘office’, or download your favorite reading.