Lyon Township

Lyon Township

Roscommon County, MI

Lake / Dock Information

No mooring overnight is allowed in Lyon Township. When a boat is taken off the road end (day use), the screw anchor, and all anchors are to be removed. 

-Lyon Township Supervisor

Lyon Township has passed a Public Dock Permit Ordinance. The summary of the Public Dock Permit Ordinance, No. 62, was adopted by the Lyon Township Board at a regular meeting on August 15, 2017.

An Ordinance to regulate the licensing, installation, and removal of public docks in Lyon Township, Roscommon County, Michigan and to repeal all conflicting Ordinances or Parts of Ordinances to become effective September 1, 2017; to define the requirements, permit procedure; to establish the duration of the permit, permit requirements, and revocation and removals; to provide for administration and enforcement, and fix penalties for the violation of this ordinance; and to repeal all ordinances or parts of ordinances in conflict therewith. A full copy of the new ordinance is available for viewing at the Lyon Township Offices, 7851 W. Higgins Lake Drive, Roscommon, Michigan and is also available on this site under the ordinance tab.

Also see Act No. 56, Public Acts of 2012 Approved by the Governor March 22, 2012 for more information: Senate Bill No. 778


Posted June 28, 2023 – Volunteers needed for Higgins Lake Swimmers Itch Study.  Click here for more info

2018 was another successful year in the fight against swimmers itch (SI) on Higgins Lake and across Michigan. Work with the 31 lake Michigan Swimmer’s itch partnership (MSIP) is providing the foundation to share information and work together on the critical concern. The State of Michigan continues to help the MSIP and Higgins Lake with a third appropriation in three years totaling $750,000. Based on reports to the website and review of social media, we continue to see that most people using Higgins Lake are not getting swimmers itch. 

Swimmer’s Itch Control Program: Higgins Lake

There are 3 specific things you can do to help fight the battle against swimmer’s itch:

1. Report A Common Merganser NEST on Higgins Lake

Early spring (from ice-out until May 31) is the time of year when common mergansers nest on Higgins Lake. If you see a single common merganser flying and landing on the same tree on more than one occasion, there’s probably a nest nearby. Click on the link above to report the location of a common merganser nest.

2. Report A Common Merganser BROOD on Higgins Lake

From June 1 – July 15 the single most important thing you can do to help us control swimmer’s itch is to report any common merganser broods you see on Higgins Lake (click the appropriate link above).

If you aren’t sure that the brood you saw are common mergansers, click on the link anyway and you’ll be shown pictures to help you determine their identity.

3. Report A CASE OF SWIMMER’S ITCH on Higgins Lake

There has been a significant reduction in the severity of swimmer’s itch cases again this year. Please use the link above to report any and all swimmer’s itch cases on Higgins Lake in 2018. Thank you.