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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
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
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
|NOTICES of UPCOMING EVENTS:
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:
Area JZO Draft and Zoning
Map Draft. [Updated
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
||Board of Review in March.
Dates and times are posted on the Board
of Review page. [Posted