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Saint Helen - Richfield Township, Michigan
Richfield Township is located along the eastern border of Roscommon County. It is divided by M-55 and I- 75, which runs east and west. It contains the community of Saint Helen, which sits on beautiful Lake St. Helen, best known for its celebration of the Bluegill Festival every summer. A spacious boat ramp and park located just east of town provides easy access to the lake.
Over 90 percent of the township is located in the Houghton Lake State Forest, which contains many two-tracks and RV trails. The headwaters of the Au Sable River originate here, and make a great place for canoeing and fishing. This is also the gateway to "Kirtlandís Warbler Country," just to the north, a must for avid bird-watchers.
St. Helen was named after the Lake, which the early French explorers named after St. Helena, wife of Emperor Constantine and finder of the cross of Christ. The town began in 1872 when the Henry L. Stevens & Company started a lumbering operation here. When the Michigan Central Railroad built a line through the area at that time, the community stabilized as a local distribution point for lumber. It has survived the years due to tourism and its location to the lake.
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