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:
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:
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]
||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]