Outdoor Water Sports in Benzie County

Enjoy this year's season exploring one of the most picturesque outdoor recreational locations in the state.

Drive through the many unique towns and villages of Benzie County to explore the beauty in Frankfort, Elberta, Beulah, Benzonia, Honor, Thompsonville, and Lake Ann. Discover unique galleries, boutiques, and impressive antique, cottage furniture, and unique home décor stores. See impressive photography and original artwork by Michigan artists, handmade jewelry, a top of the line sporting goods shop, and cozy pubs and breakfast cafes.

Savor the flavors of local eateries serving handcrafted donuts, delicious local ice cream, authentic deli sandwiches, white fish dip, and gourmet popcorn. Relax at fun restaurants, a winery/meadery, handcrafted micro brewpubs, and a farm-focused distillery. While enjoying a leisurely color tour traveling along roads with gorgeous foliage, discover out-of-the-way places offering the perfect gifts for souvenirs or keepsakes. Benzie County has the perfect mix of shopping and adventure, beauty, and local bounty!

Benzie County boasts over 100 lakes, several square miles of State forests, and miles of pristine rivers.  With a population of just under 18,000, Benzie County opens its doors to visitors year-round for water sports. There is fishing, skiing, boating, hunting, snowmobiling, and more. you will find 60 miles of shoreline, of which 25 miles are on Lake Michigan, including a portion of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. This naturally scenic area of northern Michigan, with its sandy beaches, high bluffs, clean lakes, and natural rivers has been titled “The Best Place in Michigan for Outdoor Sports.”

The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, which borders Benzie County, features miles of magnificent beauty and lodging nearby. The majestic Crystal Lake, one of the top ten largest lakes in Michigan, as well as the two rivers – Betsie and Platte – as well as over 50 other inland lakes are also popular vacation destinations with lodging opportunities available along the water.

Benzie County is known as one of the top places in Michigan to experience outdoor exercise, sports, and recreation year-round, and has over 300 miles of regional connecting trails and 60 miles of lake shoreline, and over 25 miles of coastline along Lake Michigan.  Iconic lighthouses, galleries, and culture surround Benzie County and include Interlochen Center for the Arts, The Elizabeth Lane Oliver Art Center, Michigan Legacy Art Park and the historic Garden Theater.

In Benzie County, find an expansive variety of lodging options conveniently located along the gateway to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Cottages along Lake Michigan, charming cabins, upscale condos, a historic hotel, and an award-winning resort are all a part of the collection of places to stay after a long day of exploring Benzie County’s beautiful stretch of West Michigan coast.

Make the experience that much richer with Make It Benzie’s fall package – the “Benzie Treasure Trove” running through October 31, 2019. The package includes up to $300 worth of free, 2 for 1, and other valuable offers for visitors who spend two consecutive nights at one of Benzie County’s participating lodging establishments (minimum stay required). For details about the package and how to participate see  http://www.visitbenzie.com/, or call toll free (800) 882-5801.