In Frankfort, a Northern Michigan vacation becomes an unforgettable adventure. Miles of sprawling beaches blanket the area, beckoning all who pass. Take a dip or cast a line in the deep blues of Northern Michigan waves and let the day pass away somewhere back inland. Access all that sparkling water and sugar sand at these Frankfort beaches.


Point Betsie Beach

The iconic and much-photographed Betsie Lighthouse graces this sanctuary, located 4 miles north of Frankfort. Pointe Betsie forms the southern entry point of the Manitou Passage, the legendary shipping channel between the Manitou Islands and the mainland. Enjoy beach picnics, sunsets and searching for Petoskey Stones.

Point Betsie Lighthouse

The Point Betsie lighthouse guided many a nautical vessel safely through the rough waters of the Manitou Passage, but now it just sits pretty and poses. Open for weekend tours, the Betsie has been painted in its original color scheme, not seen since the 1940s. The light house’s classic form and graceful dune setting have led so many people to photograph it that it’s said to be one of America’s most photographed lighthouses. The Friends of Point Betsie Lighthouse are meticulously restoring the icon.

Elberta Beach

There’s just something wilder about the waves on this stretch of beach cut off from Frankfort by Betsie Lake and a gigantic ridge, making it a favored destination of body surfers and wave jumpers. The shelter of the towering bluffs lends a sense of privacy, save for the occasional hang glider soaring above.

Frankfort Lake Michigan Beach

This beach-goer favorite features a view of majestic coastal dunes to the north and a 500-foot-long pier perfect for a romantic stroll toward the Breakwater Lighthouse standing sentry at the edge. Or just sit in one of the beach chair swings and watch the kiteboarders who come to catch the breeze. Walk to the cute downtown.

Fishing Charters

Tiny Bubbles Charters

David and Robert Rommell, the captains of this third generation family-friendly charter biz take the responsibility for creating an unforgettable fishing experience seriously. You’ll catch salmon, trout and walleye on beautiful Lake Michigan, and if you don’t, they refund your money.

Pier Pressure Charters & Guide Service

You’ll find the World’s Longest Brown Trout mounted on the wall in this resort at Bear Lake. Let Captain Mark Chmura show you how it’s done on a maximum-comfort custom jet boat with navigational and anchoring systems that keep you right on top of those fish.

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Photo(s) by Kris Riley