Winter is wonderful in Benzie!
- Snowmobile Trails in Northwest Michigan
- Snowmobile Staging Areas & Maps
- Benzie Area Snowmobile Trail Maps
- Skiing, Snowshoeing, and Ice Fishing
- Winterfest in Beulah and Benzonia
- Shiver by the River in Frankfort
- Winter Photo Album
Snowmobile Trails in Northwest Michigan
Relax and enjoy Benzie's 135 miles of groomed trails and challenging terrain. Trails are marked well with signage and maps can be obtained along the way. Benzie has two groomed trail areas for sled riders. The Platte River Trail can be picked up just east of Honor. Places that can be reached on the Platte River Trail are Empire and Maple City, both in Leelanau County. To the south, the trail crosses U.S. 31 just east of Thompsonville Rd. The Betsie River Trail begins in Beulah. Parts of the trail are the old railroad bed that is now Betsie Valley Trail for Hiking and Biking during other seasons. The Betsie River Snowmobile Trail goes to Thompsonville. It also contains a sizeable loop that connects with Platte River Trail and will take you into Manistee County south of Thompsonville where you can reach Kaleva, Bear Lake or eventually Manistee. Below you will find links for trail maps. Trail Permits are required to ride and they can be purchased through the designated vendors below. You can always pick up a trail map at one of the stopping points along the trails. Enjoy your ride in Benzie and be safe!
Snowmobile Staging Areas & Maps
Platte River Association Hall - North of US-31, east of Honor.
Thompsonville - Parking area in the village of Thompsonville, off County Rd 669, North of M-115.
Beulah - Parking available next to the Village Office off Commerce St
Benzie Area Snowmobile Trail Maps
DNR Designated Snowmobile Trail Map
Michigan Interactive Trail Map
Stay In Benzie this winter with lodging choices from world class resorts to rustic cabins on a lake or a river. You'll be sure to find something near the trails.
Skiing, Snowshoeing, and Ice Fishing
Whether your passion is cross country or downhill skiing, Benzie County has choices to meet your desires.
Snowshoeing is a great adventure for the whole family. Bring your own shoes or make arrangements to rent them. Either way, you'll find Benzie County has many types of trails.
Join in on the excitement of ice fishing on one of our many lakes.
Winterfest in Beulah and Benzonia
Winterfest in Beulah and Benzonia - Always the 2nd weekend in February. This fun all day event has something for everyone! Sponsored by the Crystal Lake Community Business Association.
Ice Fishing Contest
Snowmobile Poker Run
Free Horse Drawn Hay Ride
Frozen Fish Toss
Frozen Turkey Bowling on Crystal Lake
Fireworks over Crystal Lake
Bonfire on the Beach
Shiver by the River in Frankfort
Join your friends and family at the Annual Shiver by the River winter event in Frankfort and Elberta! We have plenty of family-oriented activities scheduled; including a NEW, fun Bridge "Run", a Tug of War Contest and a new Beer & Food Area.
The event begins with the popular Betsie Bay Frozen 5K at 10am. To register - https://events.bytepro.net/betsie-bay.
At 11am gather downtown for the wintry Shiver by the River Parade. Kids - decorate your sled and join the fun.
immediately following the parade: Kid's games and activities including the Ski Ball Toss, Frozen Bowling, a new Tug of War Contest, Kid's Snow World featuring a sledding hill, Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides and more will be set up at the Mineral Springs Park.
In Elberta, you can enjoy a warming fire under the pavilion and sledding from 11am - 4pm.
New this year will be a Beer and Food Area at the Chamber Office! Featuring Stormcloud Beer, domestic beer, local wines, and St. Ambrose Cellars Mead and local food items.
Weather permitting, we will have Helicopter Rides departing from the Boat Launch parking lot.
Did you ever want to go REAL bowling on Main Street in Frankfort? Meet us in front of the City of Frankfort City Hall at noon for your chance to knock down some actual bowling pins.
Children's Story Hour(s) at Hotel Frankfort from noon until 2pm. Have the kids come in and warm up in front of the fireplace at the hotel and hear wonderful stories!!
Also starting at noon, the U.S. Coast Guard will be demonstrating an "Ice Rescue" on Betsie Bay (near the Library at 7th street) along with the Benzie County Sheriff's Department "Ice Boat" demonstrations. Witness how our local guardians of the water save lives during the winter months.
Warming stations will be available at Frankfort City Hall, the Frankfort-Elberta Area Chamber of Commerce and Anet & Ollie's Dime Store. Warming stations will be offering kid's activities, hot cocoa and restrooms. Each place will offer something a little different to accommodate the children and adults interests. This year, the Chamber Office will feature Food and Beer and Wine for purchase to help fund the festival.
Also new this year will be Curling demos and Fat Tire Bike demos at Stormcloud Brewing Co.
At 2:00 pm, head to the Frankfort Garden Theater and warm up to watch a FREE movie.
After all of that FUN - join us for our brand new Bridge Run at the Bridge between Frankfort and Elberta. Come see if you can beat everyone across that bridge for fun prizes! Dress up for fun if you like - bring your pet and dress them up - Bring a sled or wagon or skis or whatever you think will help you get across that BRIDGE the fastest! Free Benzie Bus Shuttles will take participants to the bridge for their participation and bring them back. Each participant will receive a FREE old Chamber event t-shirt! Entry fee is $5 and will benefit the new Aquaponics Greenhouse at Frankfort High School. A Bridge Run After Party will be held at the Mayfair Tavern on the back deck directly after the race!
If you would like to enter a float in our Parade, register for the Bridge Run, volunteer your time, or be one of our many sponsors, please contact Joanne Bartley, Executive Director, Frankfort-Elberta Area Chamber of Commerce. Regular office hours are Tuesday through Friday 9am to 3pm. Please be sure to wear winter-weather appropriate clothing and outerwear as the majority of the Shiver by the River activities are held outside.
Shiver by the River is sponsored by the Frankfort-Elberta Area Chamber of Commerce and corporate premier-sponsors Benzie County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Dinghy's Restaurant, Harbor Lights Resort, Curtis Insurance, Graceland Fruit and State Savings Bank. For more information, please visit our web site www.frankfort-elberta.com or call 231-352-7251. A list of the events and snowmobile route maps for the City of Frankfort are available at the Chamber office and at local merchant locations.
Stay In Benzie - Play in the Snow!