Snowmobiling, Skiing, Snowshoeing, and Ice Fishing…Oh My!

Winter is wonderful in Benzie!

Snowmobile Trails in Northwest Michigan

Enjoy over 450 miles of regional connecting trails leading to numerous villages with restaurants and lodging for overnight stays. Benzie’s 135 miles of trails are marked well with signage, and maps can be obtained along the way. Benzie has two groomed trail areas for snowmobile riders. The Platte River Trail can be picked up just east of Honor. Places reached on the Platte River Trail are Empire and Maple City, both in Leelanau County. The Betsie River Trail begins in Beulah. Parts of this trail are the old railroad bed that is the Betsie Valley Trail for hiking and biking during other seasons. The Betsie River Snowmobile Trail goes on to Thompsonville. It also contains a sizeable loop that connects with Platte River Trail and can also 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 permits can be purchased at the following businesses:

Stapleton’s in Benzonia

Betsie Valley Sales & Service in Benzonia

Backcast Fly Shop in Benzonia

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 Trails

CLICK HERE for the Snowmobile Trail Report

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.

CLICK HERE for the Crystal Mountain Snow Report!


Snowshoeing is also 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.  The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore also features 70,000 acres with various scenic cross-country ski and snowshoe trails. They even offer weekend guided snowshoe tours beginning in January. VISIT this LINK for for more details.


You could join in on the excitement of Ice Fishing on one of our many lakes with great fish!


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

  • Pancake Breakfast
  • 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
Winter Photo Album