2012-07-05 / Front Page

Visitors, locals cooling off in Roscommon County waters


HITTING THE BEACH...HARD (Foreground, left to right) Sarah Johnson of Midland, her son Paton Muñoz, 2, and daughter Jenessa McPherson, 5 and friend Emmily Perry of Houghton Lake work on a sand castle between dips in the lake as they joined a large crowd trying to beat the heat at Houghton Heights Beach Monday afternoon. Mike Muñoz said he and his family “only get to come up (to Houghton Lake) once or twice a summer,” and that the weather here has been much more comfortable than what they have been experiencing in Midland over the past week. 
(Photo by Thomas Reznich) HITTING THE BEACH...HARD (Foreground, left to right) Sarah Johnson of Midland, her son Paton Muñoz, 2, and daughter Jenessa McPherson, 5 and friend Emmily Perry of Houghton Lake work on a sand castle between dips in the lake as they joined a large crowd trying to beat the heat at Houghton Heights Beach Monday afternoon. Mike Muñoz said he and his family “only get to come up (to Houghton Lake) once or twice a summer,” and that the weather here has been much more comfortable than what they have been experiencing in Midland over the past week. (Photo by Thomas Reznich) Record high temperatures all over the Midwest caused both locals and visitors to flock to Roscommon County’s lakes and streams this week.

Steve Gregor, whose family lives “just up the street” from Houghton Heights Beach in Roscommon Township, said they have been spending a lot of time at the lake lately, trying to beat the heat. “It’s pretty convenient,” said Gregor.

Mike Muñoz, who said he and his family live on a farm in Bullock Creek said it was “a lot hotter” in Midland County than it was at Houghton Lake Monday afternoon. He said 97 degree heat with high humidity at home made coming to Houghton Lake a relief.

Lyle Stiles, who said he was visiting his uncle Keith Stiles at Houghton Lake with his wife Sandi, daughter Sophie, 10 and sons Casey and Brady, both 7, from Fort Thomas, KY, were biking their way to the beach on Monday afternoon. He said that the thermometer hit 105 at home last week, and that their three-day visit to Houghton Lake was part of a week-long vacation which will also include a stay at South Haven.

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