7607 Michigan Avenue  •  P.O. Box 68  •  Thompsonville, MI  49683  •  Phone: 231-378-2144  •  FAX: 231-378-4665

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Colfax Township is situated in the southeast corner of beautiful Benzie County in Michigan’s northwest Lower Peninsula. Its residents enjoy the area’s quiet rural character yet have the convenience of services offered in nearby Benzonia and the villages of Thompsonville and Beulah. The larger cities of Manistee, Cadillac and Traverse City are an easy drive from the township, between 29 to 39 miles away. The township is about 40% state land with a population of 657 residents according to the 2010 census.

Colfax Township offers residents and visitors a variety of seasonal activities.

  • Early spring is a great time to enjoy the outdoors, and the township has over ten thousand acres of state land to explore, much of it along the Betsie River. Don't forget your camera!
  • In May the hunt is on for morel mushrooms just as trilliums begin to bloom.
  • During the summer the Betsie River is well-known for canoeing, kayaking, tubing and fishing and offers many access points.
  • The Betsie is a designated Natural River and an important natural resource that runs through the entire township.
  • Camping at the township’s rustic Grass Lake Campground on the Betsie River and golfing at nearby Crystal Mountain Resort are also popular summer activities.
  • Salmon fishing takes center stage in September (check the DNR website for rules and dates).
  • There are many trails to travel on state land throughout the year by foot, bike or horseback and are especially spectacular when fall colors are in full display.
  • Winter months offer outdoor enthusiasts many choices, including downhill and cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and sledding.

ORVs/ATVs are permitted in the township only on designated roads (not on state land or trails) in accordance with the Benzie County ORV Ordinance. A current year State of Michigan ORV sticker is required.

January 31, 2015
Public Hearing. The Joint Planning Commission (JPC) will hold a public hearing at 1:00 P.M. at the Village Community Center at 14714 Lincoln Avenue in Thompsonville for the purpose of receiving comments on the draft Joint Zoning Ordinance (JZO). The JPC will consider comments from the public hearing at its regular February 5, 2015 meeting to make a recommendation for adoption of the JZO by the legislative bodies of Colfax Township, Weldon Township and the Village of Thompsonville. Click on the following links to view these documents: Thompsonville Area JZO Draft and Zoning Map Draft. [Updated 1-30-2015]
June 13, 2015
  Township Cleanup Day. Drop-off hours are from 8:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. at the American Waste facility on Gallagher Road in the Village’s Industrial Park. Cards will be mailed to property owners and must be presented. See the "Township Cleanup Day" on the Township Information page for important details. [Posted 1-30-2015]
Recycling drop-off site has moved. The new site is located at the DPW Maintenance Building on Michigan Avenue just north of Lincoln (Lindy Road). [Posted 12-08-2014]
Saturday, February 14, 2015 — Winter tax due date. [Posted 12-08-2014]
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 — Winter tax payments accepted. Since the 14th is a Saturday and the 16th is a federal holiday, the treasurer will be available on February 17 from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. to accept tax payments by check or money order (sorry, no debit or credit cards) at the Colfax Township hall. Payments by mail must be postmarked no later than February 17 to avoid penalty. [Updated 1-30-2015]
Monday, March 2, 2015 — 2014 tax payments accepted. This is the last day to pay 2014 taxes before they are returned as delinquent. The treasurer will be available from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. to accept tax payments by check or money order (sorry, no debit or credit cards) at the Colfax Township hall located at 7607 Michigan Avenue in Thompsonville. Payments by mail must be postmarked no later than March 2, 2015 to avoid penalty. [Posted 12-13-2014]
Board of Review in March. Dates and times are posted on the Board of Review page. [Posted 2-12-2015]