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Living in Benzie County



Benzie County is the smallest county in Michigan at only 361 square miles, located in the Northwest Lower Peninsula.  Our area is rich in natural resources with over 57 inland lakes, rivers, forests and areas of productive farmland.  Over 36% of Benzie County is publicly owned State and Federal land, including the Sleeping Bear Dune National Lakeshore, Platte River State Fish Hatchery & Weir and the Historic Point Betsie Lighthouse.


Locally Networks Northwest compiles data for Benzie County and the surrounding 10-County region:



For those living in Benzie County, it comes as no surprise that national education leaders and researchers are rediscovering the value of smaller schools, the kind of schools that parents here have appreciated for decades.

Benzie County Central Schools and Frankfort-Elberta Area Schools offer award-winning educations, world-class athletic & fine art opportunities and an average classroom size of 20 students.

Nearby, the world famous Interlochen Center for the Arts offers arts education programs for students in grades 3-12 and adults of all ages. Interlochen also hosts hundreds of concerts and events and is home to two award-winning public radio stations.

Higher Education right in your backyard.  Located in Traverse City, Northwestern Michigan Community College and its Great Lakes Maritime Academy have unique partnerships with senior universities offering selected bachelor degree-completion, graduate and certificate programs.


Benzie County is home to four accredited libraries.  You can find meeting spaces, computer labs, and great programs along with thousands of books & movies.


Benzie County is home to many National, State and Local Parks & Recreation facilities.  These parks range from rustic amenities to full-service facilities.  Remember to be good stewards and leave them nicer than you found them.

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