Illustration of a map around and including the state of Michigan, with lakes in white and a fish and snow mobile on a blue background with a pink stripe with black text
Tip Up Town USA is an annual winter ice fishing festival held in Houghton Lake, Michigan that takes place during the last two weekends of January. The festival includes a number of activities in addition to ice fishing. There are snowmobile races, ice sculpture contents, as well as a number of family-oriented activities, including a carnival and pony rides.
The festival gets its name from a device used in ice fishing call a “tip up.” The device is attached to a fishing pole, and when a fish is attached, the flag attached to the device “tips up” to let the person fishing know that there is something on their line.
Tip-Up Town, USA! (n.d.) The Lake and TIp Up Town. Welcome to beautiful Houghton Lake, Michigan. Retrieved from https://linguistlist.org/fund-drive/2010/hometowns/Hunter/the-lake.html
2018 Event Schedule. (n.d.) Festivals. Houghton Lake Area Tourism and Convention Bureau. Retrieved from http://www.visithoughtonlake.com/festivals.shtml