We're located in the midst of one of the most beautiful and fastest-growing areas of northern Michigan. Water-lovers can revel in Lake Michigan, Crystal Lake, Big and Little Platte Lake, Upper and Lower Herring Lakes, Lake Ann, the Betsie and Platte Rivers, and others. Benzie is the southern gateway to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and offers year-round activities, including golf, hunting, fishing, skiing and snowmobiling. Our communities feature art galleries, unique shops, and enticing restaurants.
Close to Crystal Mountain Resort for skiing and Golf. Rivers and lakes on all sides of the county for fishing and water sports. Enjoy a movie at the "one of a kind" Cherry Bowl Drive In.
We serve Beulah, Benzonia, Lake Ann, Thompsonville, Frankfort, Elberta, Honor, Copemish, Kaleva, and other communities in Benzie and Manistee Counties. Specializing in residential, vacant, resort and recreational properties, along with waterfront properties on numerous lakes and streams.
Our staff plus our agents represents a creative mix of professionals with the knowledge and resources to help your every real estate need. You can always expect the best from Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors®.
Our area has so much to offer! The purity of nature is reflected (literally and figuratively) in our many bodies of water, including Crystal Lake, Big Platte Lake, Little Platte Lake, Upper Herring Lake, Lower Herring Lake, Lake Ann, and Lake Michigan. Smaller lakes such as Loon Lake, Bass Lake, Otter Lake, Deer Lake and Mud Lake in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, as well as Pearl Lake, Lime Lake, Grass Lake, and many others are tucked in amidst state and fedral land, offering solitude and an opportunity to discover your own "secret fishing spot." Whether stumbling onto Turtle Lake while taking the back roads to Traverse City, or slipping onto Long Lake in search of Bass, the options abound.
When you tire of lakes, a number of streams and rivers beckon. The Platte River is home to the Platte River Fish Hatchery, birthplace of the Michigan Coho Salmon that launched salmon fishing on Lake Michigan, and the annual Coho festival in Honor. The Platte River and the Betsie River offer unsurpassed opportunities for salmon fishing, steelhead fishing, brown trout fishing and brook trout fishing. Each spring you'll find folks searching for smelt in Otter Creek and the Platte River, among others. Smelt dipping is a unique experience, requiring stamina, patience, and a fair amount of luck.
Whether ice fishing for perch, smelt or lake trout on Crystal Lake, searching for pike, bass or bluegill on a hot summer day, pier fishing for trout, steelhead or salmon, or drifting a river while fly fishing, you'll find somewhere to fit your style in Benzie County and areas nearby.
If your interest in water is less fishy, great sandy beaches abound. Miles of sand stretch along the shore of Lake Michigan from Pierport to the Sleeping Bear Dunes. Inland lakes host sailboat regattas, water-skiers, sailboarders, boaters, swimmers and sunbathers. Locals and visitors turn out en masse for Fourth of July Parades in Beulah and Frankfort, as well as fireworks in Beulah, Frankfort and Crystal Mountain Resort near Thompsonville. Each August the Crystal Lake Team Marathon is held around Crystal Lake, and the Benzie Historical Society hosts a number of events through the year. Empire has a fun and funky Asparagus Festival each spring, and while Mesick is the home of the Mushroom festival, the tasty morsels can be found many places within the broad expanses of public land throughout our area. Many take advantage of these opportunities for morel mushroom hunting in the Pere Marquette State Forest.
In some circles, our area is best known as The Soaring Capitol, due to favorable geography and meteorology for both hang gliding and glider planes. From the air or the land one might notice one of our most famous landmarks, the Point Betsie Lighthouse. A visit to Point Betsie offers a look back in time and an opportunity to learn about the guardians of the lake, life saving stations, and the Coast Guard.