Betsie Lake

Betsie Lake is a drowned river mouth lake where the Betsie River flows into Lake Michigan. Two public access points to the lake provide great locations for families to fish from. Frankfort's Open Space has parking along Main Street, or a paved trail leading from the City Boat Launch, and an ADA accessible t-dock for anglers to fish off from. Elberta's Waterfront Park has two parking lots, paved paths, and a long pier for anglers to fish from. Both locations have access to deeper water and are good locations to fish from in the summer months. The lake is 289 acres and managed by the city of Frankfort.

Type of Fishing: Shore, Pier, Boat

Typical Fish Species Available: Bullhead, Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Sucker, Sunfish, Walleye, Yellow Perch

Bait: Worms, Minnows, Artificial

Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Fees: No


Animal Friendly Animal Friendly
Beach Beach

Fish Cleaning Station Fish Cleaning Station
Picnic Tables Picnic Tables
Rustic Restrooms Rustic Restrooms
Walking Trails Walking Trails

Additional Information

Status of Fishery Report

Family Friendly Fishing Waters Logo

Driving Directions

Frankfort access from 115 and from M22- Turn onto Main Street headed into the village of Frankfort. Public fishing pier is provided in the Open Space adjacent to the City Boat Launch. On-street parking. Elberta access from M22- turn onto M168 and follow through Elberta. Public fishing pier can be accessed at the Elberta Waterfront Park, or at the Elberta Lifesaving Station.

County: Benzie

City/Township: Frankfort/Elberta

Town/Range/Section: 26N 16W section 27