Discover a selection of 269 vacation rentals in Houghton Lake, MI that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including air conditioning and WiFi. Prices start at $93 per night, and cabins and houses are popular options for a stay in Houghton Lake. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

Experience a weekend of family fun at Houghton Lake

If you’re looking for a break from the city, relax at the serene waters of Houghton Lake. This fresh-air paradise gives you a chance to reconnect with nature through many fishing, boating, and hiking opportunities. If you’d rather spend time indoors, take a journey Downtown to visit several different historical sites, cultural theaters, quaint shops, and fine Houghton Lake restaurants. Whether you’re traveling with the family or you’re on a romantic weekend getaway with your partner, Houghton Lake vacation rentals provide everything you need for a tranquil trip on the water.

Things to do

Stick your toes in the sand at Houghton Lake

One of the main attractions near Houghton Lake is the Heights Park Beach. It provides visitors with picnic tables and grills for a meal in the sun, as well as a playground for the kids. Sullivan Beach is another popular swimming hole with similar features. If you’re not a fan of the water, try your hand at a round of golf at the Pine View Highlands Golf Course or the Quest Golf Club. For the kids, visit Funland Amusement Park and Lakeland Recreation, 2 separate amusement parks that offer mini golf, waterslides, go-karts, batting cages, and more.


A mix of outdoor and cultural fun in Houghton Lake

With a full water surface area of about 20,000 acres, there’s no lack of fun things to do in Houghton Lake. Many people stay at Houghton Lake vacation rentals for close access to boating, fishing, canoeing, and swimming opportunities. The city also has numerous hiking and biking trails for you to explore. Pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it by taking the 3-mile Lost Twin Lakes Pathway loop. For outdoor alternatives, head into the city for the spa, a theater, and several arts and crafts shops.


Fun all year round at Houghton Lake

The months of June, July, and August are the perfect weather for lounging on the beach at Houghton Lake. A typical Houghton Lake weather forecast for summer calls for temperatures in the upper 70s and low 80s. However, the late spring and early fall are nearly as pleasant with temperatures in May, September, and October lingering in the 60s. That doesn’t mean you should avoid visiting in the winter, as temperatures in the 30s make it perfect for wintry fun like skiing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing. Look for Houghton Lake vacation rentals near South Higgins Lake State Park for snow-shoeing opportunities

Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Houghton Lake

Whether you're looking for fun outdoor activities or just want to appreciate the scenery, Houghton Lake is a great place to get outside. Here are some of the area’s noteworthy sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • South Higgins Lake State Park (8.7 mi / 13.9 km)
  • JR Resort (10.4 mi / 16.7 km)
  • Lake Saint Helen (15.4 mi / 24.8 km)
  • Huron-Manistee National Forest (25.7 mi / 41.3 km)
  • North Higgins Lake State Park (13.8 mi / 22.2 km)
  • Tisdale Triangle Pathway (15.3 mi / 24.6 km)
How to get there

Transportation options to and around Houghton Lake

The nearest airport is in Cherry Capital Airport (TVC), located 49.5 mi (79.7 km) from the city center.

What's the best place to stay if you're looking to rent a house for a weekend in or near Houghton Lake?

If you're short on time but craving adventure, consider renting a house for a weekend in Houghton Lake Heights. This lakeside neighborhood is 2 miles to the northwest of Houghton Lake and the ideal spot for a brief break. Spend Saturday exploring the local highlights and then Sunday doing whatever you like.