Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Great Outdoor Activities in Benzie County, Michigan

Those who love to spend time outdoors will savor the warm weather options in Benzie County, Michigan. Golfing, fishing, biking, hiking, events, as well as, numerous restaurants and class-act breweries, a winery/meadery, and a distillery create a wonderful start-to-finish getaway experience.

Benzie County, situated along the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, has spectacular beaches with nearly 30 miles of Lake Michigan coastline, the majestic Crystal Lake, 57 inland lakes, and 200 miles of rivers.


Carved by glaciers, and shaped by water and wind, the rolling hills of Benzie County create a world-class golf experience in Beulah at Champion Hill, Crystal Lake Golf Club, and Pinecroft Golf Course, and two great golf courses at Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville.


Known for its year-round fishing, Benzie County has many desirable areas to fish on its rivers, streams and lakes.

Charter Fishing is also a popular sport on Lake Michigan in Frankfort, a historic port city offering one of the deepest harbors in Michigan for fishing bigger fish.

Mary Carroll, President of Benzie County Visitors Bureau says, “I’m not surprised that both men and women are interested in charter fishing. It’s a laid back experience and gets visitors out on the big lake in an exciting adventure together.”

Hiking and Biking

Benzie County and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore have over 100 miles of hiking and biking trails and wildlife habitats for outdoor enthusiasts. Details about trail options are listed under Play: Bike and Hike at Benzie County Visitor’s Bureau visitbenzie.comFood and Beverages

After a day outdoors, the local beverage producers including Stormcloud Brewing Company, St. Ambrose Cellars, Iron Fish Distillery, and Lake Ann Brewing Co. are fun to visit. Great Food is available at Stormcloud Brewing Company, The Hotel Frankfort and Dinghy’s in Frankfort, The Cabbage Shed in Elberta, Cold Creek Inn and Hungry Tummy Restaurant in Beulah, Roadhouse Mexican Grill in Benzonia, Platte River Inn and Papa J’s in Honor, Thistle Pub and Grille at Crystal Mountain, and Geno’s Sports Bar in Thompsonville.

Lodging choices include cottages, cabins, inns, motels, condos and more available at or the Benzie County Visitors Bureau at 800-882-5801.