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Attractions in: Benzie County, Michigan

Location: Northern Michigan
Average Snowfall: 80 - 100 inches
Fall Color Season: Late September - Early October

Michigan Attractions

  • Car ferries cross to Frankfort
  • All-season recreation area
  • Waterparks
  • View of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Shoreline and Manitou Islands
  • Morel Mushroom Hunting


Each winter Benzie County receives about 150" of snowfall . The abundance of snow creates plenty of opportunity for sledding throughout the county. Snowmobilers can ride 135 miles of groomed trails that are easily accessible from Benzie County motels.

50 lakes

Don't have a boat to bring with you? No problem, Benzie county has plenty of motor sport rental facilities available.


The high bluffs, thick forests, and rolling farmland of Northwestern Lower Michigan provide the ideal terrain for the game of golf. Eight awesome "Up-North" golf courses challenge you while you enjoy the spectacular scenery of Benzie County.

Crystal Mountain Ski Area

In the winter visitors come from throughout the Midwest to enjoy 45 slopes, terrain areas, and 40 kilometers of groomed cross-country trails. In addition to the 40 kilometers of groomed trails at Crystal, cross country skiers have plenty of cross country trails located throughout Benzie County, including the Betsie River Pathway, the Betsie Valey Trail, Lake Ann Pathway and trails in the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore.

Charter Boats/Fishing/Guides

Full or half day fishing charters available

Platte River, one of the first Michigan streams planted with Coho Salmon

The ninth largest inland lake in Michigan, Crystal Lake

Point Betsie lighthouse

The Point Betsie Lighthouse, Benzie County's most famous landmark, is located on the Lake Michigan shore of the county just south of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and just north of Frankfort, Michigan. Point Betsie is the second most photographed lighthouse in the USA, and likely the most visited attraction in Benzie County. Watching the sunsets from Point Betsie is a long-standing tradition.

Cities you can visit in Benzie County, Michigan

Almira Township, Benzonia Township, Beulah, Blaine Township, Colfax Township, Crystal Lake Township, Elberta, Frankfort, Gilmore Township, Homestead Township, Honor, Inland Township, Joyfield Township, Lake Ann, Lake Township, Platte Township,Thompsonville (part), Weldon Township

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