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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:
September 14, 2015
||The treasurer will be at the township
hall from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. to collect taxes. Checks and money orders
are preferred but cash will be accepted. Payments made by mail MUST be postmarked
no later than September 14, 2015 to avoid penalty. [Posted 9/09/2015]
||A Land Division Ordinance went into
effect July 16, 2015. This ordinance is based on laws in effect at both the state
and local level. Questions should be directed to the Colfax Townships assessor who
is responsible for processing applications sent to the Township. Here are links to
Division Application and
Division Ordinance (which
are otherwise found on the Documents
and Forms page.) [Posted
||Living in a small community has its
benefits and also presents challenges. One of them is finding residents to serve
the community, and we urgently need your help! The Colfax Township Board is accepting
letters of interest from residents in the Township and Village (Colfax side) to fill
vacancies for Library Board, Election Officials, Board of Review and Joint Planning
Commission. No experience is necessary, and none of the positions require a lot of
time. To learn more, call Ron Evitts at 383-1749. Send letters to the Townships
mailing address. [Posted 8/07/2015]
||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:
Thompsonville Area Zoning Ordinance
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]