Tip Up Town USA (TUT)

Houghton Lakes Biggest Event

The premier ice fishing festival in north central Michigan that happens Friday, Saturday and Sunday, on the last two weekends in January. The festival is held at the southern DNR boat launch, off of M-55 near the Pines theater and Pineview Golf Course. Free parking is available at the High School and library with free shuttle service to and from Tip Up Town.
Festivities include:
  • Ice Fishing Contest (you must be registered)
  • Rides and vendors on the Main St
  • Ice Slide
  • Turkey Bowling on the Ice
  • Polar Bear Dip (preregistration required register at Chamber link below)
  • Pie Eating Contest
  • Family Fun Tent
  • Adult Beverage Tent
  • Various entertainment through out both weekends
  • and much, much more…
For more information and event schedule click here Houghton Lake Chamber of Commerce

Houghton Lake, MI 48629

2020 Tip-Up Town Badge Design Winner

2020 – Our 70th Anniversary Theme is “GROOVY 70’s! PEACE, LOVE & FISHING” – Tip-Up Town USA

In 1951 the idea of a festival on the ice of Houghton Lake was imagined. A fun fact, the original Tip-Up Town badge was made of wood and the first sale was in 1953. Today, the badges are made of metal, and are a way for visitors to show their support of the event while also gaining access to the fun and games at the festival.

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