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for those using a small-water fishing boat, canoe, or kayak, A Guide to Benzie
County Michigan Rivers, Lakes, and Creeks is a handy reference guide for anyone
fishing by boat, paddling, or other recreational boating on the many inland rivers,
lakes, and creeks of Benzie County, Michigan.
With the Third Edition, this book now covers 33 of the county's 58 inland
lakes, 2 of its 4 rivers, and 5 of its many creeks ALL the navigable and publicly
accessible inland water in the county. The book also includes a Fish Typically Caught
table for the rivers and lakes. Note that one of the rivers, one of the creeks, and
six of the lakes are in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Discover lakes
from 4 to 10,000 acres, rivers both quick and quiet, and creeks that explore the
wild and natural Up North.
Some of the details offered include:
- For each river and creek length, paddle time, depth, width, type of water,
- For each river details for every bridge involved.
- For each lake general location, lake area, shoreline length, depth, inlets
and outlets, and if motors are allowed or it's a "no wake" lake.
- For all bodies of water DNR map (for some), link to Google Maps for the area,
type of bottom, fish typically caught, where the fish are found, details for fishing
and paddling, what to expect once there, and helpful tips and comments.
- Complete access details to boat launches and access sites for all bodies of
water including: type of access site and what 's offered at each, GPS coordinates,
link to Google Maps, and detailed road directions.
Also included is a road map of Benzie County showing the location of all covered
bodies of water and the major roads around them. If you'd like a more detailed map,
check out Northwest
Michigan (folding map) from Universal Maps,
This book covers Benzie County. It complements the A
Guide to the Rivers and Lakes of Grand Traverse and Leelanau Counties, Michigan
book, which covers all 65 of the publicly and easily accessible inland lakes, the
in-county pieces of the five rivers in those two counties, and ALL of the access
points to those lakes and rivers.
Whether canoeing, kayaking, or fishing the county by boat, you'll find this guide
invaluable. Keep a copy in your boat, tackle box, truck, car, or cottage for easy
This book is available at these fine establishments throughout the Benzie County
area, as well as Empire, Glen Arbor, and Northport (Leelanau County) and Traverse
City (Grand Traverse County)...
Arcadia Marine / Lily Pad Gift Shoppe
Backcast Fly Shop
Benzie Area Historical Museum
Timberline Campground (a)
Vacation Trailer Park
Benzie County Conservation District
Crystal Lake Adventure Sports
Betsie River Campsite
Frankfort Tackle Box
Point Betsie Lighthouse Gift Shop
The Book Store
Sleeping Bear Dunes Visitors Center
The Cottage Book Shop
Riverside Canoe Trips
Tag Limit Outdoors
Lake Ann Grocery
Dog Ears Books
Ask for it at your favorite bookstore they can order it. Although you are very
much encouraged to shop locally, should it be needed, this A Guide to Benzie County Michigan Rivers, Lakes, and Creeks book
is also available online
This book is also available at the following libraries:
- Benzie County
- Benzonia Benzonia Public
Library (a, b, c)
- Beulah Darcy Library
- Frankfort Benzie Shores
District Library (a, b, c)
- Thompsonville Betsie
Valley District Library (b)
- Grand Traverse County
- Fife Lake Fife
Lake Public Library
- Kingsley Kingsley
Public Library (b)
- Interlochen Interlochen
Public Library (b)
- Old Mission Peninsula
Peninsula Community Library (b)
- Traverse City
- East Bay Branch Library (b)
- Traverse Area District Library
- Leelanau County
- Empire Glen Lake
Community Library (b)
- Leland Leland Township
- Suttons Bay Suttons Bay
Bingham District Library (b)
If you're in the Benzie County area, please contact me for wholesale arrangements.
If you're outside of Benzie County, the book is availabe via book distributors such
as Ingram, Baker & Taylor, and NACSCORP. The details for the book
are: "A Guide to Benzie County Michigan Rivers, Lakes, and Creeks"
by Jim Stamm ISBN-13: 978-1480101821, ISBN-10: 1480101826.
A few fishing-in-Benzie-County
FISHIN' ON THE PLATTE
by Oscar L. Daniels, Frankfort, Michigan
For years I've fished the opening dates,
And now my cares are mum.
St. Pete looks through the pearly gates
And calls for me to come.
"I can't leave now, I'd like to stay
It's best to just stand pat.
And spend today and every day
Just fishin' on the Platte."
'To test my soul, come fish for trout
And give yourself a break.
You need a rest there is no doubt.
Just once, for Heaven's sake."
"Don't sit there with an empty dream
Just grab your lucky hat.
Then meet me down by the old Dead Stream
Go fishin' on the Platte."
St. Pete came down from his place on high
And fished the livelong day.
You wonder now the same as I
What Pete would have to say.
St. Peter said 'I'm glad I came
To fish and chew the fat.
In Heaven above, it's just the same
As fishin' on the Platte."
Mr. Daniels taught science at, and later was superintendent of schools of, Frankfort,
Michigan between 1928 and 1944. He enjoyed the Benzie County area as one of his favorite
outdoor locales. This poem was printed in the Benzie Area Historical Society newsletter,
and has also appeared in the Benzie County Patriot, Volume 69, page 8, April 6, 1967,
and the Benzie County Record Patriot, Volume 80, Issue 37, page, March 23, 1977.
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WHAT WOULD I DO!
by Nelson E. "Doc" Sayles, Frankfort, Michigan
If I could take time off for just one day.
What would I do? I'd go fish in Betsie Bay.
Or I'd find some lake that's true and tried.
That's mentioned in the Benzie County Fishing Guide.
One of Benzie's fifty lakes or more.
And I'd fish and fish. And I wouldn't come ashore.
Until I'd caught a Bass, Muskie, or a Trout,
Or a Blue Gill, or a Water Dog (which I'd throw out).
And then I'd cast again, and when I felt,
A gentle nibble I would know I had a Perch or Smelt.
And I wouldn't run that boat aground.
If I saw Rex Oslyn hanging around.
I'd keep on fishing every minute,
I wouldn't quit until I had my limit.
And any time I want to fish,
I'll try my luck in Benzie County, Michigan.
From the Benzie Banner newspaper Volume 52, Issue 25, Page 6, January
4, 1940.. A few notes about items in this poem...
- The Benzie County Fishing Guide is the "Benzie County Fishing
and Vacation Guide" by Andrew Johnson & W.O. Kiracofe, Beulah, MI. Published
annually from 1937 to 1941.
- Waterdogs are an immature salamander, sometimes called mudpuppies.
- Rex Oslyn was the game warden at the time. He served a long
time and was sort of a legend.