Just north of the city of Frankfort and well worth the trip to find is a lovely Lighthouse called Point Betsie Light. It began operation back in 1858 along the shores of Lake Michigan it is said to be one of the most photographed Light Houses (Sue and I certainly took our fair share of photos - 5 of which we have here).
The entire structure consists of the 52 foot high light tower, keeper's house and a lifesaving station. The lighthouse was automated back in 1983 after being operated for 125 years by its tender. This was the last manned lighthouse on Lake Michigan and the last Michigan lighthouse to lose its keeper.
The current house has been converted to apartments and serves as housing for families of personnel assigned to the Coast Guard station in Frankfort. Unfortunately for us they only do tours on the weekends during certain times of the year (the summer months).
See the website link below for more information.
the area will draw you in.its activities,its old time charm,its magic.its lighthouses.its betsy bay.and frankforts people.the residents are good people.the little shops.the eaterys.the foods,smells,air.and magic will surround you here.
Even an amateur could do this! All you need is a sturdy pole, 12 pound test line, and a desire to fight the fight of a lifetime. The best place is at the very end of the pier, right beside the lighthouse. Casting glow in the dark lures at night is my favorite, but eggs (spawn), spoons, crankbaits and others will definitely work too!
Before you go, stop in at the Frankfort Tackle Box and get some advice. The Tackle Box is a very friendly "mom & pop" fishing store located on Frankfort's main street. They might even talk you into booking a charter with a professional captain. Then you are nearly guaranteed to catch fish!
The best time of the year is August - October when the big chinook salmon congregate near the pier as they prepare to make their fall run up the Betsie River. About mid-October through the spring of the year, we start catching Steelhead, which are gigantic rainbow trout from Lake Michigan. Summer fishing will get you many different species as well!
This is definitely something you have to try!
15 Second Street, Frankfort, MI, 49635, USA
Good for: Solo
I finally got to use the VT's suggestion for the title of the review.
Anyway, we pulled into Frankfort about 2:00 p.m. and didn't get here until about 2:30 p.m. We didn't want to lose a lot of our time at a sit down restaurant so we grabbed a couple of fresh fish sandwiches and ventured out to the park just down the street with our fare.
Inside the shop one could buy fresh fish sandwiches (ours were Whitefish and Walleye), fresh smoked meats, cheese and a number of other items for lunch or dinner.
While we were waiting for our sandwiches to be made we were able to sample some of the various cheese dips scattered around the shop.
Favorite Dish: We enjoyed the fresh Walleye and Whitefish sandwiches
Relaxing, modern interior. The sign in front states where East meets West. Asian food, many varieties: Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese
The food was very good. It was a nice portion size, you could comfortably eat all if quite hungry but not so much that you feel like you should take it home if you didn't finish it.
We ordered three different meals with chicken kabobs as an appetizer and all were pleased with their food.
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