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

HOME
Township Board
Newsletter  
Meeting
Information
Township
Information
Board of Review  
Joint Planning
Commission
Grass Lake
Campground
 
Links of
Interest
 
Maps


Site Meter

Web Site © Copyright
2007-2014 by
Colfax
Township, Michgan

and
ATI Consulting

All rights reserved

 

WELCOME TO COLFAX TOWNSHIP

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.

NOTICES of UPCOMING EVENTS:
Wednesday,
December 24, 2014
Santa Claus arrives at 7:00 P.M.! Gather at the Village Christmas tree on Thompson Avenue (next to the library). Santa’s elves have been busy and will make sure he brings candy-filled goody bags!
Saturday,
January 31, 2015
Public Hearing. The Joint Planning Commission (JPC) will hold a public hearing from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 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.
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
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]
Monday, December 29, 2014 — Winter tax payments accepted. 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. [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 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. Payments by mail must be postmarked no later than February 17 to avoid penalty. [Posted 12-08-2014]
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]