Winter is wonderful in Benzie!
Snowmobile Trails in Northwest Michigan
Relax and enjoy Benzie’s 135 miles of groomed snowmobile trails. 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 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 the Betsie Valley Trail for hiking and biking during other seasons. The Betsie Rivr 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 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
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.
- 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