Department of Natural Resources
The Betsie River is located in Grand Traverse, Benzie and Manistee counties. The stream originates at Green Lake near the village of Interlochen and flows in a westerly direction to its outlet into Betsie Lake and Lake Michigan near Elberta and Frankfort. A large part of the river lies within the boundaries of the Fife Lake and Betsie River State Forests and flows through the Betsie River State Game Area near its mouth. The Betsie River drains a surface area of approximately 165,800 acres and includes about 93 linear miles of streams, 52 miles of which is mainstream.
The Betsie River Plan Full Text (316 KB)
Below are individual sections of the plan:
-Cover Sheet, Preface and Table of Contents
-The Study Area
-Existing Uses and Recreational Opportunities
-Future Uses and Potential Problems
-Existing and Proposed Local Zoning
-Laws and Programs Reinforcing Objectives
-Preliminary Natural Rivers Plan
-Appendix A - Part 305, Natural Rivers PA 451 of 1994>
-Appendix B - "Alteration of Rivers" Law
-Appendix C - Related Laws
Natural River Zoning Rules - Zoning standards for the Betsie River system are found on pages 1-21 and 23-25.