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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.

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 Community News, Information, and Events page for important details.

Due to a recent change, TVs and computer monitors CANNOT be accepted.  Up to three (3) TVs no larger than 27" may be dropped at Best Buy free of charge. Alternatively, make an appointment for the Household Hazardous Collection Days in Frankfort on July 11 or Honor on August 8 by calling 231-882-0554.  There is a $0.30 per pound charge.

Also, on a one-time-only basis, car and pickup truck tires will be collected during Colfax Township's cleanup day and separately hauled away. Funding for the special collection is thanks to a grant obtained by the Benzie County Recycling Coordinator. The limit is seven (7); this is the maximum the State of Michigan permits a person to haul without being licensed. 

[Posted 1-30-2015, updated 6/08/2015]
Effective June 1, 2015, Colfax Township's new signing assessor is Christy Brow. Taxpayers with assessment questions can find Ms. Brow's contact information on the Township Officers and Assessor page. Ms. Brow will annually visit approximately 20% of properties in the township to verify accuracy of assessment records as required by the State of Michigan. Ms. Brow will be wearing an identification badge as she performs her duties, and the township Board shall appreciate your cooperation when it comes time for her to visit your property. [Posted 5/28/2015]
A new joint zoning ordinance went into effect May 15, 2015 for Colfax Township, Weldon Township and the Village of Thompsonville. See the following links:
Greater Thompsonville Area Zoning Ordinance
Greater Thompsonville Area Zoning Map
These and the zoning permit applications are on the Documents and Forms page.
[Posted 5/23/2015, updated 5/31/2015]
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]